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Together We're Stranger

a Studio release
by
No-Man

Release Year: 2003

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Snapper Music SMACD867
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 7/11/2003 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 3/4/2012 1:12:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Together We're Stranger (8:31)
  2. All The Blue Changes (7:48)
  3. The City In A Hundred Ways (2:23)
  4. Things I Want To Tell You (9:03)
  5. Photographs In Black And White (10:03)
  6. Back When You Were Beautiful (5:07)
  7. The Break-up For Real (4:11)
Tim Bowness
vocals, words
Steven Wilson
instruments

With:
    Michael Bearpark
    guitar
    Stephen Bennett
    noise
    Ben Castle
    clarinets
    Peter Chilvers
    space-bass
    Roger Eno
    harmonium
    David Picking
    percussion, trumpet, sounds

Reviewed by Marc on 19 Oct 2003


By far the most progressive album the duo of Bowness/Wilson has done. My candidate for album of the year.

Reviewed by Tina on 09 Sep 2007


I honestly didn't know what to expect from this album. This is probably due to its contents which range from the near ambient moments in the first three tracks to the almost pop final track (The Break-up For Real). Of course, they are the extremes.

The first four tracks (Together We're Stranger to Things I Want To Tell You) differ from the remaining music on the album. On these tracks the music, in my opinion, is best described as textual. The base backdrop for the music (which includes vocals) is given by the keys. I wouldn't describe the music as ambient but it is slow moving and very sound orientated. All The Blue Changes does have some percussion but the other tracks are largely without driving rhythm. I particularly like the way the music forms, slowly, into a symphonic climax, particularly on the title track (which has a nice guitar solo).

The remaining three tracks (Photographs In Black And White to The Break-up For Real have a standard rock formula: guitars, vocals, keys and rhythm. These are certainly more accessible that the first section of the album but still carry some of the textual feeling and are not particularly complex. The slow build-up in Photographs In Black And White is notable although such climax's are abundant on the album.

I like the album which differs from my usual listening. I'll be listening to more from the band.