2016 saw the release of the new Steven Wilson album 4 ½, so titled because it forms an interim release between Steven’s recently released fourth album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and the next studio album.
4 ½ comprises 6 tracks with a total running time of 37 minutes. 4 of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase., and one from the recording sessions for the previous album The Raven that Refused to Sing. The final track is a version of ‘Don’t Hate Me’, a song originally recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998, and is based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe with additional recording later done in the studio. The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb.
Also appearing on the album are members of Steven’s band over the last few years; Adam Holzman, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman, and Theo Travis.
4 ½ is released on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and blu-ray, with all formats housed in a beautiful die-cut sleeve photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover. The blu-ray (audio only) edition includes high res stereo, a 5.1 mix of the album, and a bonus 5.1 mix of the new version of ‘Lazarus’ (recently included on the Transience vinyl compilation).
1.1 My Book Of Regrets (09:23)
1.2 Year Of The Plague (04:15)
1.3 Happiness III (04:31)
1.4 Sunday Rain Sets In (03:50)
1.5 Vermillioncore (05:09)
1.6 Don`t Hate Me (09:34)
“…a master of his trade…” 9/10 Slam (DE)
“One day Wilson might do something less than brilliant, but this isn’t it” Prog Magazine
“One more gem in Steven Wilson`s already opulent catalogue” 9/10 Classic Rock (DE)
“a further gateway for newcomers ahead of what will surely be another magnum opus” Record Collector
“4 1/2 is a collection of luminous pearls” Rockerilla (IT)
“Happiness 3” is the typical example of bitter-sweet complaints Wilson is known for” Rock Hard (FR)
Wilson / Hoile / Glover