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Steven Wilson

Thanks to a prolific work ethic that puts even Damon Albarn's extensive list of side projects to shame, self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.'s most critically acclaimed cult artists. Born in Kingston Upon Thames in London in 1967, Wilson was inspired to pursue a career in music after devouring his parents' Pink Floyd and Donna Summer records, and by the age of 12, had already started to experiment with different guitar and recording techniques.

After stints in several groups including psychedelic duo Altamont, prog rockers Karma, and new wave band Pride of Passion, Wilson went on to form art pop outfit No Man with vocalist Tim Bowness in 1987 and his most famous creation, Porcupine Tree, in the same year, both of which he continued to alternate between, releasing 16 albums overall from 1991 until 2009. Despite these two long-term commitments, Wilson still found the time to pursue other projects, recording material under the guise of ambient electronica act Bass Communion, Krautrock revivalists Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, and Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen, during the '90s alone.

Showcasing his versatility, he also became an in-demand producer, working on records by the likes of Norwegian jazz vocalist Anja Garbarek, prog metallers Orphaned Land, and former Marillion frontman Fish; a music reviewer for Rolling Stone and Classic Rock magazine; and a guest vocalist on albums by Pendulum, Dream Theater, and Jordan Rudess. From 2003, Wilson also began toying with the idea of a solo career, releasing several two-track singles featuring an original composition and a cover version (of tracks originally recorded by Alanis Morissette, ABBA, and Prince), but it wasn't until 2008 that he released his first solo album, Insurgentes, whose recording sessions also became the subject of a documentary/road movie by Danish photographer Lasse Hoile.

His sophomore outing, Grace for Drowning, a double CD consisting of two albums titled Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye, followed in 2011, the same year he embarked on his first solo tour, was asked to remix the back catalog of King Crimson, and worked with Opeth lead singer Mikael Åkerfeldt on an album under the name of Storm Corrosion. Get All You Deserve, an audio/video package that documented the 2011 tour (with a crack band), appeared late in 2012.

Wilson then began writing in earnest for his new group (which included former Miles Davis keyboardist Adam Holzman and lead guitarist Guthrie Govan). The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories is a conceptual work based on a series of linked short stories written by Wilson or co-authored with Hajo Mueller. Wilson was also able to coax Alan Parsons out of semi-retirement to co-produce and engineer this set, which was released in early 2013. In October of the same year, he released the video/audio concert set Drive Home. The package featured a new animated video of the title track as well as "The Raven That Refused to Sing," two new songs, and a concert from Frankfurt during the previous tour.

In the summer of 2014, Wilson released Cover Version, an album compiled from six singles recorded between 2003-2010 and originally issued individually on his Headphone Dust label. Each featured a pop cover on the A-side and an original on the flip; all songs were performed completely solo. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi
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Track List: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

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wtbconstruct i o n
His music is unbelievable , their is not one song that you can ever turn off. Sit back and relax music.
except on luminol :(
I won't respect a musician who can't bring it live. Steven wilson can.
Anything Steve touches turns to gold. I aspire to be as humble and as profound with my passion for music as well.
Also did a great job fixing up Jethro Tull's Aqualung session tapes, for the 40th anniversary set. I dare say no one could have produced it better.
I love him, his music is pure awesome.
i don't think i've ever heard anything steven wilson put out that i don't like. his music, while it will never be in the top 40, will be remembered long after those golddiggers are forgotten (anybody remember hanson? didn't think so.)
His Blackfield discs are sure to delight. He needs to clone in order to increase his output as there is never enough of SW
Watch the raven who refused to sing video on youtube. Visual poetry.
I'm creaming my jeans to this guy
Great work getting his latest album The Raven that refused to sing on your playlist. Steven Wilson is a genius and the antidote to all the other crud on the airwaves. His latest album is his best yet!!!
will_sanford 2 1 1 2
Steven Wilson can do no wrong. The world is a much better place with him in it.
Thank you Steven Wilson for being in charge of all of it. .!!
aross1974
Just awesome. Love all of his music.
In my mind, the man can do no wrong. Always interesting, never predictable music.
Nothing Steven Wilson does is short of amazing, intelligentl y crafted chords, rhythms, layering of instrumental work..... you gotta love everything he puts his talents to.
A god? perhaps.
Wilson keeps progressive rock progressing
will.rappapo r t
Not too much longer to wait!
Drooling with anticipation for the Storm Corrosion album!
Grace for Drowning = Album of the Year
silv6508
Listening to SW and his many musical endeavors make setting up Kindergarten classroom every night that much more enjoyable :)
This man is a musical genius.
dude you are awesome i saw you in NYC USA radio city music hall
Steven's new album, Grace For Drowning, is now out and I highly recommend it to all SW and PT fans. He has guests like Steve Hackett, Tony Levin, Robert Fripp, and Jordan Rudess. Very much an homage to 60s/70s prog without being retro, and also, as usual with Wilson, he avoids the self-indulge n c e so typical of the genre. Great stuff, I hope Pandora picks it up soon.
goooood
one has to wonder, no? Saw them in Pburgh this month ... incredible. And who better to deconfuse Fripp's work??
Love the album cover "art". . . music is keeping me going while I grade. . .nice sounds
like it cant wait to see the tree
What an incredible talent is Steven Wilson! With PT and Blackfield and Opeth to producing King Crimson remasters.do e s this musical genius ever slow down?

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