Steven Wilson - 4½



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Release date: 22 January 2016
Style: Progressive rock

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01. My Book Of Regrets
02. Year Of The Plague
03. Happiness III
04. Sunday Rain Sets In
05. Vermillioncore
06. Don't Hate Me [Porcupine Tree cover]

Line-up
Steven John Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, samplers, sound design

Session musicians
Ninet Tayeb - vocals on Don't Hate Me
Adam Holzman - keyboards, hammond organ, moog, piano
Guthrie Govan - guitars on Happiness III
Theo Travis - clarinet, flute, saxophone
Chad Wackerman - drums
Marco Minnemann - drums on Happiness III
Craig Blundell - drums
Nick Beggs - bass, chapman stick, backing vocals

Additional info
22nd January will see the release of a new Steven Wilson album "4 ½", so titled because it forms an interim release between Steven's recently released fourth album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and the next studio album.

4 ½ comprises 6 tracks with a total running time of 37 minutes. 4 of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase., and one from the recording sessions for the previous album The Raven that Refused to Sing. The final track is a version of Don't Hate Me, a song originally recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998, and is based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe with additional recording later done in the studio. The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb.

Also appearing on the album are members of Steven's band over the last few years; Adam Holzman, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman, and Theo Travis.

4 ½ will be released by Kscope on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and blu-ray, with all formats housed in a beautiful die-cut sleeve photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover. The blu-ray (audio only) edition includes high res stereo, a 5.1 mix of the album, and a bonus 5.1 mix of the new version of Lazarus (recently included on the Transience vinyl compilation). The vinyl edition will include a download code for the album in a choice of FLAC or mp3. The album will also be available digitally on 22nd January from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play & Apple Music.

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06.11.2015 - 06:49
Rating: 7
MrEdu3
A new studio album? WOOOW.
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06.11.2015 - 11:56
Rating: 9
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
Written by MrEdu3 on 06.11.2015 at 06:49

A new studio album? WOOOW.


What a surprise!!!!!!!!!! but it's a Rare/B-side/EP/Compilation kinda release but still COOL.
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06.11.2015 - 19:51
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Yep, definitely will be getting this.
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15.01.2016 - 15:00
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
Of Rivia
Can't wait!!!!!!!
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16.01.2016 - 12:46
slim pickings
Account deleted
So Steven Wilson is doing a Porcupine Tree cover? I LOLed reading that.
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16.01.2016 - 19:36
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by Guest on 16.01.2016 at 12:46

So Steven Wilson is doing a Porcupine Tree cover? I LOLed reading that.

Same here.
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19.01.2016 - 15:15
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
I think I prefer Steven Wilson singing the chorus of 'Don't Hate Me'
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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21.01.2016 - 14:27
Rating: 8
Written by RaduP on 19.01.2016 at 15:15

I think I prefer Steven Wilson singing the chorus of 'Don't Hate Me'

Actually, I always find his voice on that chorus awful. Ninet Tayeb is a good choice.
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22.01.2016 - 11:40
Rating: 8
Nimlot
A. Reader
From the correspondence between Gavin Harrison and Steven Wilson​:
Gavin: "So, you're covering a Porcupine Tree song without me?"
Steven: "Yeah, Don't Hate Me. You did a whole album of PT covers without me!"
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26.01.2016 - 01:13
Rating: 8
I must say that I didn't like the idea of publishing leftover tracks from previous albums. Except the cover song, There are only 5 tracks and that makes whole album length is about 27 min. He is shifting to popular culture unstoppablly.
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27.01.2016 - 09:03
Rating: 8
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
Written by Last Cigarette on 26.01.2016 at 01:13

I must say that I didn't like the idea of publishing leftover tracks from previous albums. Except the cover song, There are only 5 tracks and that makes whole album length is about 27 min. He is shifting to popular culture unstoppablly.


No.
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05.02.2016 - 21:28
Rating: 8
musclassia
I know there was a lot of love for Hand. Cannot. Erase., but I preferred The Raven...; I think this EP might fall somewhere in between the two releases.
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09.02.2016 - 00:38
Rating: 7
raveneffect
It's a leftover album so Nothing really great. Still, some good chops-
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16.03.2016 - 12:41
Rating: 10
Night Angel
"Don't hate me"...
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05.03.2020 - 22:55
ickoriss
Great tracks here. I understand that they might not have fit in thematically with the other records, but I'm glad we at least get to hear them here.
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