To the Bone (Steven Wilson album)

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To the Bone
To The Bone album cover.jpg
Studio album by Steven Wilson
Released 18 August 2017 (2017-08-18)
Recorded December 2016 – April 2017
Studio Strangeways, London
Genre Rock,[1] progressive pop
Length 59:46
Label Caroline International
Producer Steven Wilson, Paul Stacey
Steven Wilson chronology

(2016)2016
To the Bone
(2017)
Singles from To the Bone
  1. "Pariah"
    Released: 9 May 2017
  2. "The Same Asylum as Before"
    Released: 2 June 2017
  3. "Song of I"
    Released: 9 June 2017
  4. "Permanating"
    Released: 30 June 2017
  5. "Refuge"
    Released: 3 August 2017

To the Bone is the fifth studio album by English recording artist Steven Wilson, released on 18 August 2017 on Caroline International. It was recorded two-and-a-half years after the release of Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015), and one year after his mini-album, (2016).[2] According to Wilson, the album is inspired by the progressive pop records of his youth, such as Peter Gabriel's So, Kate Bush's Hounds of Love, Talk Talk's The Colour of Spring, and Tears for Fears' The Seeds of Love.[3]

History[edit]

In late 2016, Wilson announced that he had returned to the studio to record his fifth album.[4] During the first months of 2017, Wilson released two work-in-progress studio clips to his YouTube channel. On 5 January, he released a clip of "Pariah" and on 12 February, he released a clip of "To the Bone", featuring harmonica player Mark Feltham.[5][6] Wilson continued to tease various images and small album details until 8 May when he revealed the track listing on his Instagram account and released the single "Pariah".[7][8] The following day on his Instagram, he announced the album and an upcoming 2018 European tour, and the following week, on 18 May, a music video was released for "Pariah".[9][10] Four further singles have been released to date: "The Same Asylum As Before", "Song of I", "Permanating" and "Refuge". A video for "Permanating" featuring a Bollywood dance troupe was released online on 21 July.[11] A video for "Nowhere Now" was released on 19 September.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[13]
Classic Rock4/5 stars
Drowned in Sound4/10[14]
Mojo4/5 stars[citation needed]
Planet Rock5/5 stars[15]
PopMatters7/10 stars[16]
Q4/5 stars[citation needed]
The Quietus3/5 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5[1]

To The Bone has received mostly positive reviews from critics. Metacritic, a review aggregator, has given the album a normalised rating of 77 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on reviews from 12 critics.[12]

Uncut magazine stated "Wilson's fifth solo LP is a lush and ambitious piece of progressive pop music. Hitting on some heavy influences, including Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode, Bends-era Radiohead, and Todd Rundgren's electronic ballads, this insistently melodic, 11-song set is an old-school, sum-of-its parts experience".[18] Planet Rock rated the album five stars, commenting that "Steven Wilson delivers his progressive masterpiece".[15] Jordan Blum of Rebel Noise magazine said: "To the Bone is both a great album in its own right and a perfectly appropriate addition to Wilson's vast body of work".[19] Sputnikmusic rated the album 4.5/5, stating: "Steven Wilson proves that an artist can venture into uncharted musical waters, even 30 years into their career, for ambitious and vibrant results like these".[1]

The Quietus' Antonio Poscic criticised the album's "edgeless approach ... underlined by the warm, lush production that tries to recreate the fondly and wrongly remembered organic sound of old records. ... Ironically, the song that will surely be most controversial among his fans, 'Permanating', is a self-contained, resounding success ... To the Bone would have been a better album if it had completely embraced this sort of levity."[17] Drowned in Sound's Benjamin Bland felt Wilson "focused more on the idea of writing a pop record than on actually delivering the goods. There are hooks here, but they are scattered and often attached to tracks that come worryingly close to mediocre exercises in MOR."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Steven Wilson, except "To the Bone" with lyrics by Andy Partridge.

No.TitleLength
1."To the Bone"6:41
2."Nowhere Now"4:03
3."Pariah"4:46
4."The Same Asylum as Before"5:14
5."Refuge"6:43
6."Permanating"3:34
7."Blank Tapes"2:08
8."People Who Eat Darkness"6:02
9."Song of I"5:21
10."Detonation"9:19
11."Song of Unborn"5:55
Total length:59:46

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 30
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 9
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 28
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[25] 34
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[27] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[28] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[29] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 43
Italian Albums (FIMI)[31] 14
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[32] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 15
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[34] 14
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[37] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[39] 3
US Billboard 200[40] 58
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[41] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[42] 8

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