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Returning Jesus

a Studio release
by
No-Man

Release Year: 2001

Date Label Catalog # Comments
3rd Stone Ltd. (STONE 038CD)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 3/18/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 3/4/2012 1:12:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Only Rain (7:24)
  2. No Defence (5:20)
  3. Close Your Eyes (8:25)
  4. Carolina Skeletons (5:08)
  5. Outside The Machine (5:46)
  6. Returning Jesus (5:19)
  7. Slow It All Down (3:42)
  8. Lighthouse (8:12)
  9. All That You Are (4:44)
Tim Bowness
Vocals
Steven Wilson
All instruments
With
    Steve Jansen
    drums, percussion
    Colin Edwin
    bass & double bass
    David Kosten
    synth drone / ride cymbal
    Theo Travis
    saxophone (7), flute (8)
    Ian Carr
    trumpet (1)
    Ian Dixon
    trumpet (2), flugelhorn (3)
    Ben Christophers
    acoustic guitar (1)

Reviewed by Marc on 01 Dec 2000


This is a nice album to relax to. Very moody music with atmospheres that it seems only Steven Wilson has the secret of. How he manages to be so recognisable doing this stuff and the heavier Porcupine Tree, is a mystery to me. Great talent always seems to shine. I can listen to this album over and over again and still enjoy it as much. This is quite rare for me.

Reviewed by Tina on 15 Dec 2007


This album is the best I've heard from No-Man (so far). In the laid back style which the band seem to nail completely, the album moves from the tension filled backdrop on Only Rain (with some very nice brass in the middle section) to the warm inviting Carolina Skeletons. The music is not overly complex but very melodic, I would describe it as “laid back rock” although others may categorise it differently, possibly towards a blues description.

My favourite track is No Defence, seems I'm a little addicted to the slide which (as always with Steven Wilson) is Gilmour style as opposed to country blues. Laid back, nice sound and with some good singing. The trumpet kicks in towards the end of the track. Not too jazzy, with a nice tone. I think this fits well. Returning Jesus is also notable with a repetitive percussive foundation with some nice harmonies playing above it. The track builds to a particularly good climax and then returns to its start.

I've seen No-Man's music described as “textual”, I think this is the best way to describe this album.