Sound — 10
The long awaited album has come. Steven Wilson's first solo album "Insurgentes" has arrived. Well at least the special deluxe edition, but the retail album will be released in Feb. But getting to the point, this is an amazing album. It has all the professional work you would expect from Steven Wilson, with some of the most experimental work he has done. Fans of Porcupine Tree and Blackfield will look at the Steven Wilson completely differently after looking at the album. The most standard rock song on the album is "Harmony Korine" which gloriously opens the album. After that each song shows off Wilson's many sounds. Backing him the entire album is the amazing drummer Gavin Harrison. The sound of the album would be best described as a mixture of standard rock with drone, ambient and even shoe-gaze. All this brings a totally unique sound to the album which has never been heard by the likes of Porcupine Tree, Blackfield or any other SW project.
Lyrics — 10
Steven Wilson is my favorite vocalist ever. Hands down. His relaxed vocal style fits perfectly within his music. Moving from incredibly warm to oddly creepy and brutal. One odd innovation you'll notice in the music is that sometimes the vocal line will play backup to another idea coming from guitars or other instruments. The lyrics... are sometimes endlessly confusing, but always work well with the music. "Get All You Deserve" shows this perfectly.
Overall Impression — 10
Good God this is an awesome album. It shows a truly unique sound and leaves you begging for more. My personal favorites from the album are "Harmony Korine" "Significant Other" and "Insurgentes". The only thing I don't like about this album is how "Venamo Para Los Hadas" sounds very similiar to "We Lost the Skyline" from the Porcupine Tree album "Sky Moves Sideways". Still a good song, but it annoyed me a little bit. Otherwise, absolutely awesome album.