SW-RAVEN-PACKSteven Wilson’s The Raven That Refused To Sing is his third solo studio album, originally released in 2013

Originally released in February 2013, the third studio album from the Grammy-nominated writer, producer, & Porcupine Tree founder member featured a stellar line-up of musicians including: lead guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann on the drums, Theo Travis playing saxophone/flute, and Adam Holzman on keyboards. The record was also engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons and consists of 6 songs, 3 of which are 10 minute plus epics based on stories of the supernatural.

Steven Wilson said of the title track:
“It’s about an old man at the end of his life who is waiting to die. He thinks back to a time in his childhood when he was incredibly close to his older sister. She was everything to him, and he was everything to her. Unfortunately, she died when they were both very young. This is not autobiographical; it’s fiction in that respect. But the guy is now at the end of his life, and he’s never been able to form any other kind of relationships. He’s spent his entire life alone, unable to relate to any other human beings.

“A raven begins to visit this man’s garden, and the raven begins to represent a symbol or a manifestation of his sister. The thing is, his sister would sing to him whenever he was afraid or insecure, and it was a calming influence on him. In his ignorance, he decides that if he can get the raven to sing to him, it will be the final proof that this is, in fact, his sister who has come back to take him with her to the next life…

“The biggest thing is to make people feel. It’s easy to appeal to the intellect. I could go and write some silly, complicated [music], but the hardest thing is to hit somebody’s heart and soul. I want spirituality rather than technicality.”

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1. Luminol
2. Drive Home
3. The Holy Drinker
4. The Pin Drop
5. The Watchmaker
6. The Raven That Refused To Sing

ALBUM OF THE YEAR Progressive Music Awards 2013

“…this album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock’s most cunning and soulful protagonists” – 5/5 The Guardian

“A progressive masterpiece.” – Classic Rock

“The Raven That Refused To Sing is, aptly, magic.” – 9/10 – Metal Hammer

“…extraordinary musicians, high calibre material, and a live presentation that completes the package, Steven Wilson would appear unstoppable” – PROG

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