Progressive musician Steven Wilson sets the way for his latest solo album endeavor ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase’. Following on from his 2013 release of ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’, Wilson offers up more of his phenomenal and powerful progressive rock style, presenting an album that really sees the artist pushing out everything he can creatively. ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ features much of Wilson’s progressive style, all presented to great effect, though there’s an element of Wilson progressing as well, pushing out a clearly envisioned album where many of the tracks work to great effect.
After the success of 2013’s ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’, it seems Wilson has set his sights on offering a true successor to the album, doing everything in his power to really progress forward and make another album of equal standing. ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase’. features many incredible elements, with the whole release offering up a nice and diverse range of progressive rock styles, all coming together comfortably in one cohesive vision. It’s an album that grabs the listener’s attention and maintains it, without ever demanding it at any point.
There’s an incredible amount to enjoy on ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ which is certainly another strong release from the solo artist. It’s perhaps arguable that at times, Wilson is perhaps indulging himself a little too much, maybe pushing out an album that’s more for himself than for everyone else, though whilst this notion has merit, if it results in an album that is as creative, accessible and as enjoyable as ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’, then there’s never really a problem with indulging oneself.
Wilson seems to be on the right path after announcing his focus on solo work and away from his band work. Whilst the news carries an air of disappointment, the result of Wilson’s efforts on ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ and his previous solo work shows this is a great direction to be heading in. Wilson’s latest album works phenomenally well, coming across as one of his most focused and ambitious solo projects to date, and a clear indicator of the incredible talent the musician is holding.
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Steven Wilson’s latest solo album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ is out now.