Grace For Drowning – A Taste

Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning album cover

Release Date: September 26th (Kscope)

Grace For Drowning, the soon come new solo outing by Steven Wilson, current holder of the title Hardest Working Man In Showbiz, is fast becoming the most anticipated release of the year in the world of prog. Unlike some lucky chaps who got to attend a preview hearing of the entire double album in Avatar Studios in New York, us plebs have had to make do with snippets, and one whole track, Remainder The Black Dog that was tantalisingly dangled carrot-like before us on SW’s Grace For Drowning website in low quality mp3. This song certainly bodes well for the album, featuring some fine blowing from the ubiquitous Theo Travis, and showing a meld of early prog influences while still being definitely Steven Wilson.

SW has said that “I think [with] the metal thing for me, the party’s over,” and not before time in my opinion. Although The Incident was a return to form for Porcupine Tree, a band I’ve followed for nearly 20 years (!) it has always perplexed me how Fear Of A Blank Planet, disjointed mess that it was, became the band’s breakthrough album, not that I begrudge their subsequent success one bit. Anyway, I digress – SW states that the heavy bits in GFD will not be guitar based, and listening to the preview audio clips this lends the album a more organic feel. In places I’m put in mind of VDGG, and King Crimson, obviously! There are enough PT sounding snippets not to scare off the more trad-prog followers of that band, and enough out-there bits for weird old prog heads like yours truly. I can’t wait, I want it now!

One gripe I have is that the 5:1 mix is seemingly only offered on Blu-Ray, a still infant format. Can someone who knows tell me if this will work in my steam powered old stylee dvd 5:1 player? If not, why couldn’t it have been done on DVD-A as well? I’m jiggered if I’m going to invest in a new 5:1 system just for this album. Oh well, it’s bog standard stereo for me and thousands of others then..but I could be wrong.


  1. Roger T

    July 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    SW has now cleared up the situation regarding the Blu-Ray 5:1 mix – it will only play on Blu-Ray players,,,,so it’s the normal stereo version for me then. Never mind, you can’t have everything can you?

  2. Nikola Savić

    July 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    That’s make you want to have more, no?

  3. Roger T

    July 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Indeed it does, but unless SW relents and puts out a DVD-A version, we’ll have to put up with the stereo version.

  4. Nikola Savić

    July 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Or get Blu-Ray reader? ;)

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