Postcard (Steven Wilson song)

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"Postcard"
Steven Wilson - Postcard.jpg
Single by Steven Wilson
from the album Grace for Drowning
Released10 October 2011
FormatDigital download
Recorded2010-2011
GenreProgressive rock, alternative rock
Length4:28
LabelKscope
Songwriter(s)Steven Wilson
Producer(s)Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson singles chronology
"Harmony Korine"
(2009)
"Postcard"
(2011)
"Happiness III"
(2016)

"Postcard" is the first single from Grace for Drowning, the second solo studio album, by British rock musician Steven Wilson. It was released digitally on 10 October 2011.[1] The single includes the album version, a live piano/vocal version, a remix by Scottish new prog group North Atlantic Oscillation, and a remix of another track from the same album, "Index".[2]

Reception[edit]

Reception for the song has been generally positive, with critics praising it for being more melodic and accessible than much of the Grace for Drowning album. William Ruhlmann of Allmusic interpreted it to be a song about lost love, writing, "In the relatively sparse lyrics that Wilson sings with a calm, British-accented tenor, he seems melancholy at first, apparently suffering from the aftermath of a romantic breakup. "There's nothing left for me to say or do," he declares in Postcard."[3] Brice Ezell of Popmatters described it as one of the most accessible, melodic, and strongest songs of the album.[4] Similarly, Metal Buzz described the song as "Wilson's attempt at Coldplay",[5] and Alternative Matter compared it to music from Blackfield, Wilson's melodic pop rock side project.[6] American Aftermath called it a "gorgeous ballad" that "could fill even the coldest shell of a person with emotion".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Postcard" (Album Version) - 4:28
  2. "Postcard" (Live Piano/Vocal Version) – 3:12
  3. "Postcard" (North Atlantic Oscillation Remix) – 4:38
  4. "Index" (Necro Deathmort Remix) – 5:01

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kscope Podcast - Episode Twenty - a Steven Wilson special
  2. ^ Stardie.com Postcard Single Details
  3. ^ Grace for Drowning - Steven Wilson | AllMusic
  4. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/149806-steven-wilson-grace-for-drowning-deluxe-edition
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-10-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)