Returning Jesus

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Returning Jesus
Studio album by No-Man
Released March 27, 2001
Recorded August 1994 to January 2001
Genre Post rock, minimalism, trance, chamber jazz, soul, progressive rock
Length 56:00 (CD)
126:03 (Vinyl)
Label 3rd. Stone Ltd.
Producer Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson
No-Man chronology
Wild Opera
(1996)
Returning Jesus
(2001)
Together We're Stranger
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Released on the 3rd Stone label in February 2001, Returning Jesus is British art rock band No-Man's fourth album.

A collection of ambitious songs which combined classical, jazz, soul and ambient influences in an original and emotional way, the album received good reviews in Q, Uncut and Classic rock. Additionally, having signed to Lava/WEA, the increasing profile of Steven Wilson's work with Porcupine Tree brought the No-Man name to a new audience.

One of the guest musicians on the album was Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin,who played double bass.

Unusually, the tracks "All That You Are" and "Carolina Skeletons" were released as singles, in the first case two years after the album's release (February, 2003) and in the latter three years prior to it (October, 1998).

In August 2006, the album was released in a limited edition triple vinyl format on the Dutch label, Tonefloat. This edition included outtakes, demos and b-sides taken from the recording sessions (which spanned 7 years).

In keeping with other No-Man releases, "Something Falls" reuses previous Steven Wilson music, reinterpreting the guitar progression from "Spiral Circus" (on The Sky Moves Sideways by his main band, Porcupine Tree).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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

Vinyl LP 'Complete Sessions' Edition[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
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
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Lighthouse"   8:12
2. "All That You Are"   4:44
3. "Something Falls"   3:31
4. "Carolina Reprise"   2:56
5. "Close Your Eyes" (EP version) 7:47
6. "Until Tomorrow"   3:00
7. "Chelsea Cap"   5:23
8. "Darkroom"   3:52
9. "Until Tomorrow"   3:16
Disc 3
No. Title Length
1. "Song About the Heart" (22 February 1994) 2:47
2. "Darkroom" (alternate version, February 1998) 5:34
3. "Like a Child" (August 1998) 4:08
4. "Chelsea Cap" (alternate version, December 1997) 6:50
5. "Lighthouse" (demo, April 1994) 9:04
6. "Slow It All Down" (long version, September 1998) 5:13
7. "All That You Are" (demo, September 1996) 4:37

Personnel[edit]

with:

  • Steve Jansen - drums, percussion
  • Colin Edwin - bass & double bass
  • David Kosten - synth drone / ride cymbal / co-production (1)
  • Theo Travis - saxophone (7), flute (8)
  • Ian Carr - trumpet (1)
  • Ian Dixon - trumpet (2), flugelhorn (3)
  • Ben Christophers - acoustic guitar (1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned (2011). "Returning Jesus - No-Man | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 

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