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London musician Steven Wilson should be a familiar name to many music fans. Originally the leader of the modern progressive art rock band Porcupine Tree, Steven has really taken himself to a higher level with his remixes and mastering of classic rock albums, including state of the art surround mixes for some of the biggest rock albums ever made, including 5.1 mixes of King Crimson, Yes, XTC and Jethro Tull. However, it is his steadily growing solo career that has caught the attention of critics and fans. When Wilson does something, he does it big. His latest release, Hand. Cannot. Erase. is a beautifully dark artistic statement that tells a story. Loosely based on the true story of Joyce Vincent, a girl who had friends and family yet died in her London flat and wasn’t missed or discovered for 3 years. This is a concept record that is musically on a level with Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It draws musical inspiration from that album, as well as other influences, like Kate Bush and modern progressive art rock. The story itself is dark like The Wall but more focused, without some of the seedy scenes. Don’t worry, the album isn’t a music downer, it combines many styles, and fans of Steven’s previous work won’t be disappointed. He’s made a great concept album that also happens to feel and sound like the best Porcupine Tree and solo album of his career. This is truly a high water mark for an artist that has already given us a plethora of fantastic music. Hand. Cannot. Erase. goes from magnificent piano interludes and orchestration to progressive rock riffs and pounding drums, all while maintaining continuity and listen-ability.  Steven is a multi-instrumentalist and critically acclaimed producer, so it will come as no surprise that audiophiles will want to break out an expensive pair of headphones to soak up all the sound.

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