Sometimes I think I built my audio room and system just to get the most out of Steven Wilson’s masterpieces. Talk about a living legend, this guy is amazing!
Every album that he’s involved with is worth listening to, carefully. So whether it’s his meticulous remasters of classic albums like Thick as a Brick or the works of King Crimson, ELP and others, to his own groundbreaking band, Porcupine Tree, the music and the audio quality are all outstanding.
I’m currently listening to his latest masterpiece, a collaboration with Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) titled Storm Corrosion. The CD/BluRay edition is the one to get as the multichannel mix is (once again) stunning in its creativity and effect.
This album delivers some of the most impressive soundscapes I’ve ever heard, lush at times, incredibly detailed and minimalist at others. Steven uses the music and his mixing skills to put sound near, far away and everywhere to create the appropriate mood, delivering emotional impact like few modern albums do.
Our MartinLogans are ideally suited to render the depth of these compositions and recording. It takes a speaker that can resolve dense mixes as well as allow a single plucked string to float in the air right in front of you to really appreciate the awesomeness of this album.
The DTS-MA HD 24/96 5.1 mix, played back through a high-end processor (like the Denon AVP-A1HDci), where the stream is decoded in the box and combined with room correction to deliver time-accurate, millimeter-precise imaging that is uncanny.
The dynamic range of this recording is impressive as well. Along with Steven’s own Grace for Drowning on BluRay, this new album (on BluRay) is a reference quality disc. It will show you what your system can (and can’t) do.
A note on the music: these are avant-garde compositions from accomplished musicians, it is a ‘lean forward’ disc that must be listened to. It is about the soundscapes, so plenty of interesting things happening sonically.
Steven Wilson is delivering on all fronts, I pretty much purchase any disc where Steven is credited with so much as just showing up in a picture ;-)
Any other Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree / NoMan / Blackfield / Storm Corrosion fans out there?
What do you like best about the albums?