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Steven Wilson - To The Bone (Album Review)
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1. To The Bone  2. Nowhere Now  3. Pariah  4. The Same Asylum As Before  5. Refuge  6.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Niels (Mod) Aug 28, 2017.

Arcade Fire - Everything Now (Album review)
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1 Everything_Now (continued)2 Everything Now 5:033 Signs of Life 4:364 Creature Comfort…Continue

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Anathema - The Optimist (Album review)
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I'll like to give it a try to review an album. Let's see, how it goes.I can't remember, if I learned about Anathema from this side, or this side learned about Anathema from me, but either way, I seem…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Jul 28, 2017.

Opeth, Koncerthuset Copenhagen 7 November 2016.

My commets on the concert: - They played surprisingly many songs, older than the "Heritage-album", meaning many songs with cookie-monster vocal. I HATE cookie-monster-vocals!!!- Only 3 maybe 4 songs…Continue

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Spock's Beard began in 1992 when brothers Neal (lead vocals) and Al Morse (guitar) teamed up with drummer Nick D'Virgilio. After self-financing their first album, bassist …See More
May 4
Niels (Mod) replied to RJhog (Admin)'s discussion ALBUM OF THE WEEK # 432 THE DOORS - WAITING FOR THE SUN (1968)
"I don't think it's only your opinion about Ace ripping that solo. It's more like common knowledge. This is my favorite Doors-album, and probably the only one I listen to from time to time. If else I wanna listen to The Doors, I put on…"
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Niels (Mod) replied to TageRyche's discussion My Top 10 Movies of 2018
"Nah, The Meg was enough. I saw it a few days ago. Not THAT bad, but not very good. Biiiig shark, though."
Dec 28, 2018
Niels (Mod) replied to TageRyche's discussion My Top 10 Movies of 2018
"I've seen Infinity War, which probably also is my favorite film of the year, Black Panther, which I didn't especially like that much, Aquaman, which was okay, not as good as Wonder Woman, but pretty good, M:I:Fallout, a very entertaining…"
Dec 28, 2018
Niels (Mod) replied to RJhog (Admin)'s discussion TOP 10 (OR LESS) ALBUMS OF 2018
"The singer is terrible, the band is a modern (lousy) version of Zeppelin, which in my world makes them unlistenable. Kid's stuff, for those who never have heard Zeppelin before, like Kingdom Come in the 80's. I'm not falling in that…"
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Niels (Mod) replied to RJhog (Admin)'s discussion TOP 10 (OR LESS) ALBUMS OF 2018
"1. North Atlantic Oscilliation - Grind Show2. Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny And Oh So Bright vol.13. Haken - Vector4. Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions5. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog6. Myles Kennedy - Year Of The Tiger7. A Perfect Circle - Eat The…"
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Niels (Mod) replied to TageRyche's discussion My Top 10 Concerts of 2018
"My top 5: 1. Steven Wilson, March 3, VEGA Copenhagen Turned out to be one of the best concerts, I've attended. I'm not that big a fan of his latest album, but the songs he played from it fitted in between songs from TRTRTS, HCE and several…"
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Who is your favorite band?
The Beatles and Led Zeppelin
Will you list 5 bands that you would consider favorites?
The Beatles
Led Zeppelin
The Who
Black Sabbath
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My family, music, this site...I used to do a lot of training, running, cykling, fitness but my back is not up for it at the moment. But it SEEMS like I can use the bike again, luckily, so it's 150 km pr.week.
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Not really, no. Except for Deluxe box-sets.
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1. To The Bone
  2. Nowhere Now
  3. Pariah
  4. The Same Asylum As Before
  5. Refuge
  6. Permanating
  7. Blank Tapes
  8. People Who Eat Darkness
  9. Song Of I
  10. Detonation
  11. Song Of Unborn
Actually, I feel it's still to early to give my final review of this album, so the meaning I have now, will have to do.
I 'm a big fan of the last two albums Wilson released, but I wouldn't call myself a Porcupine Tree-fan. I like some of their albums, but I don't really have one or two favorites. I'm not a fan of the first two solo-albums, and I remember, when "Raven" was released, it was kind of the last call for me. But of course, "Raven" and "Hand" was and is awesome albums, and I still count them among the best 5 or 7 albums the last 20 years.
So of course, I ordered the box-set of "To The Bone" back in May, since I also own box-sets of "Raven" and "Hand". And then the songs was "released" one by one, and then and now, a LOT of people/"fans" hates the new "Pop-version" of Wilson. By god, it has been discussed over and over on some of the sites, I write in and read. And I have been given some of mine opinions, both good and not so good.
Because that's what I feel this album is: Both good and not so good. It's not good enough, but still good.
When I heard it the first time, I was a bit blown away how much better it was, than I had expected after listening to 3 of the songs in the last 3 months (only once, because I hate being tired of a couple of the songs, before an album arrives). But now, I've heard the album 5 times or 6, I've stopped counting, and thes are my thoughts now, again song by song:
1. To The Bone is a good opening-track. Awesome harmonica (I can't remember, who's playing, but to me, it sounds like Wilson have used him before). I like Wilson's voice. He's not a great vocalist, but I like his voice. This song is not pop, and it has a good melodi, and great guitar. I don't know if it's Wilson himself, but the solo is very good.'s not as good an opening-track as the openings to his last two albums. It's more "laid-back", which will be the same on the rest of the album.
2. Nowhere Now sounds like a Blackfield-song. Meaning it's an okay "popish" rock-song, but it's not a great song, and not as good as the title-track. But again, the playing on the song is awesome. At 2:18, to me it sounds like Toto, and it sounds good, very good, and then it's back to the melodi again. Not a bad melodi, but...I'd expected more. It's like it's left-hand work by Wilson. I know he can do better.
3. Pariah is the song, a lot on Facebook writes is they favorite, and the song also grow on me. But again the melodi is simple. Too simple. Maybe that's why people call this pop and not prog. Nine Tayeb is an okay singer, but I don't really like that crispy voice. Later on the album, it's clear that she really has a good voice. This song kind of reminds me of Kayleigh by Marillion. I didn't like that song back then, and it became a big hit. 
4. The Same Asylum As Before is probably my favorite track on the album. Very good melodi, and I like the text. I think of The Who, both because of "..the same Asylum as before/Meet the new boss...." but also because of the riff around 2:13. Very "Who'ish" to my ears. But it's a good song, and again every musician is outstanding. More of this, please. One of the best songs so far in '17.
5. Refuge is what I would call an okay Wilson-song. It could easily had been a Blackfield-song as well. But that also means, it's not as good a song, I would expect by a song on a new Steven Wilson-album in 2017. And what's with Wilson falset-voice. He's okay at it, but not THAT great, and he sings in falset quite a few times on the album. Halfway through the song, it gets better, and is definitely more prog than anything before on the album. The great harmonica appears once again. I'm thinking Pink Floyd, listening to the guitar-solo.The song has a great "Hands"-ending, but that's both good and bad. Good because I love the sound of "Hand", bad because where's Wilsons new great ideas? Maybe I expect too much?!
6. Permanating is pure pop, but it has a great beat. Again Wilson's falset-voice. This is actually a good song. Around 1:05 it sounds like "The Motels" or some band from around 1979, and I really like that sound. This should be a hit, but still it bothers me, that this is the way, Wilson takes these days. I need a double Prog-album!! But I like the tune, alright.
7. Blank Tapes has the exact sound I had hoped a new album would sound like, and that means this is another one of my absolute favorites. Still, it much too short, and should had developed into something even better. Nine proves she's a good singer without the crispy voice on this song. Great stuff!!
8. People Who Eat Darkness starts very aggressive, with Wilson singing "f..." and heavy guitars, and it sounds good to me, but it gets even better along the way. A good Wilson-song....but not as great, as it could had been. Could had been a left-over from one of his last two albums, and maybe it is? But wow, what a great guitar-solo around 3:15!! It sounds like Steve Clarke from Def Leppard. That solo improves the song for me.
9 Song Of I is what some people would call pop. I don't think it's pop. But it's good. A simple tune, and a duet between Wilson and...I don't really know who she is? It sounds like Peter Gabriel-song from So, and that was probably also the meaning. Still of course it mostly sounds like Wilson, which is good. But again the song is "only" good, not great.
10. Detonation is another song, which is as good, as a song I would had expected. Definitely the most priggish song on the album, and probably the one that will grow most on me the coming weeks. It's my favorite at the moment. A real Wilson-track in the best meaning. Definitely no pop here. It MIGHT just be one or two minutes too long, but I don't care. Another awesome guitar-solo on this song as well.
11. Song Of Unborn is a very good ending to the album. It might not be the best song, but it is one of the best songs, and another "real" Wilson-song. Still, I have that feeling, that it could had been better. Again I get a "Hands"-feeling, which is good/bad, because the ending of "Hands" was awesome, this is merely good/very good.
Which brings me to the bottomline.
A year ago, I had expected more. A month ago, I had expected less. Will this album be album of the year for me? Who knows, but it IS probably the best album so far in 2017, but it would definitely not had been best album in either 2016 or 2015. 
This is Wilsons "Diver Down" or "Hot Space".
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At 4:00am on April 10, 2018, Jon said…

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At 10:12pm on April 9, 2018, RJhog (Admin) said…

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At 12:28pm on June 23, 2017, Scott said…

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At 9:45am on April 9, 2017, Scott said…

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At 1:35pm on February 19, 2017, RJhog (Admin) said…

Certainly.  I thought you were Danish.  I'll try to remember that... 

At 7:38pm on February 17, 2017, RJhog (Admin) said…

Thanks!  You do realize you are the only Danish friend I've ever had, right?

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