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TO THE BONE (2017) by STEVEN WILSON
To The Bone is the fifth solo studio album by Steven Wilson, inspired by the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth, such as Peter Gabriel’s So, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, Talk Talk’s Colour of Spring and Tears for Fears’ Seeds of Love.
“Lyrically, the album’s eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the current era in which truth can apparently be a flexible notion, observations of the everyday lives of refugees, terrorists and religious fundamentalists, and a welcome shot of some of the most joyous wide-eyed escapism I’ve created in my career so far. Something for all the family!”– Steven Wilson
What Karthik says: To The Bone is a beautiful, thrilling and impressive song-based Progressive Pop/Rock album exploring the musical landscapes of intelligent pop records of the 80s. The album speaks about the flexible notion of truth in many aspects of human behavior in the modern world. It outlines the absurdity of our times and the turmoil of the world we’re living in, with a silver lining of hope.
With To The Bone, Steven Wilson has successfully ventured into unexplored musical waters without abandoning the defining characteristic of his musical DNA; melancholy and a sense of lingering sadness. However, in my opinion, this beautifully executed and immensely rewarding album is only slightly let down by the songs ‘Permanating’ and ‘The Same Asylum As Before’ as they don’t nearly hold up against the rest of the album.
Steven Wilson has continued to evolve as a musician with every new album released; To The Bone is additional evidence of that. It’s definitely my pick for ‘Album of the Year’.
You might like this if you like: Music by Steven Wilson, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Ride, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Prince, XTC, Kate Bush, Porcupine Tree, Rush, Pink Floyd.