It’s called Hands. Cannot. Erase. and it already deserves to be hailed as one of the albums of 2015! Known primarily for his progressive rock work with Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson is a singer-songwriter-instrumentalist that is able to encapsulate myriad rock styles into a pleasing whole.
Following the critical and commercial success of his third solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing, one might expect Wilson to replicate the approach that brought him such acceptance.
Granted, Hands. Cannot. Erase. is still a concept album – inspired by the true story of a 38 year-old girl called Joyce Vincent who died alone in a bedsit in Wood Green in 2003 and, through a perfect storm of tragic circumstances, remained undiscovered for over two years.
However, Hands. Cannot. Erase. has a lighter pop-rock vibe on numerous tracks, for instance: the sublime “Perfect Life”, the melancholy “Happy Returns” and the vibrant “Hands Cannot Erase”.
Although, it must be emphasized that Wilson’s penchant for classic prog still comes shining through on the opening “First Regrets/3 Years Older” and the dynamic “Home Invasion/Regret #9” where the influences of Rush, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Yes are easily detected.
Hands. Cannot. Erase. represents the pinnacle of rock’s potential – literary weight, memorable tunes/riffs, technical virtuosity and emotional resonance. The way the best rock music used to be made and hopefully, following Wilson’s lead, will continue for decades to come.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. will be released on the following dates : 25th Feb Japan, 27th Feb Germany & Switzerland, 2nd March UK & RoW, 3rd March USA & Canada.