|22 Nov 2019||Caroline International||CAROL020CD / CAROL020LP||CD, LP|
Comprising two connected five-part pieces, the album combines shimmering Pop and pulsating Electronica elements in fresh and surprising ways (incorporating aspects of Fusion, Ambient and much more).
Lyrically chronicling the aftermath of a relationship from different perspectives, Love You To Bits features poignant melodies, big beats and breathtaking solos that collide with ethereal textures and bold experiments to create the most dynamic and diverse no-man release to date.
I became a big fan of No-Man with Returning Jesus (2001) and enjoyed all their subsequent albums. I was very much saddened when they decided to take a long term break in 2008, and was highly excited when I learned that a new album was coming out in 2019.
Even though I was somewhat disapointed by Steven Wilson's most recent poppier album, and even more with Blackfield's new one, I was hoping for something great, the other half of the project (Tim Bowness) having put out a bunch of excellent albums recently, and Wilson still making good music, even though not as much to my liking.
Well what can I say... Love You To Bits is a huge let down. To me its sounds like a near 40 minutes of a long a repetitive electronic dance song. Well performed and (I guess) well written, this stuff just ain't for me.
Hopefully Steven Wilson's next project will be closer to what he usually gives us. For now I'll go back to my old Porcupine Tree albums, or listen to Big Big Train's and Steve Hackett's latest efforts.