Album Review: Steven Wilson – Insurgentes

By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 10:45 am

Steven Wilson (side)Steven Wilson, the legendary Porcupine Tree main man, has got a new album coming out on March 9th.

Insurgentes is a 99 track album (yes, you read that right, ninety nine tracks) that seems to cover just about every genre going – industrial noise that rapes your ears, ballads, anthems, all of them with the usual cinematic and rich textures Wilson has become renowned for. However, the 99 tracks are grouped together into 10 “groups”, which makes for easier finding to get to the bits you love.

Interestingly, the album combines a lot of old-generation album ideals with some new and cutting edge sounds. Accompnying the CD is a documentary film that looks into the issues of creating, packaging and marketing music in an era when iPods, Mp3’s and download culture are changing and eroding perceptions of exactly what an album is supposed to sound and look like.

My fear is that the current generation of kids who’re being born into this information revolution, growing up with the Internet, cell phones, iPods, this download culture, ‘American Idol,’ reality TV, prescription drugs, PlayStations — all of these things kind of distract people from what’s important about life, which is to develop a sense of curiosity about what’s out there. (Steven Wilson, MTV News)

The collection is one of a magical journey through emotions and feelings, such is the power of the music. The album will be available in 5.1 surround sound, which we can only imagine will be completely overwhelming. Tracks such as “Veneno Para Las Hadas” has an element of Sigur Ros’ haunting vulnerability, whilst “No Twighlight” is just an all out aural assault on your ears. In a sort of good way.

Insurgentes is both everything you’d expect an album to be, and everything we hoped an album would become – a multimedia project of sorts. Closing out the album with the title track, you can’t help but feel the whole thing has been nothing more than an elaborate dream, it’s that hazy.

Either way, check the album out when it comes out on Monday. It’s nothing short of amazing, and will probably open your ears to a whole new range of artists – I know I’ve now got a list of artists as long as my arm that I want to check out after listening to it.

Enjoy the first track of the album below, mixed with a trailer of the film.


Insurgentes is released on March 9th on Kscope Records. Buy it from Amazon here, or direct from the record company here. If you still want to find out more, check out the official album website.

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