HiRez Poll Wilson, Steven - THE FUTURE BITES [Blu-Ray Audio]

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MarkyM

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I’ve only listened to the stereo mix so far via Tidal/Roon and have ordered the Blu Ray. So vote pending once I hear the Atmos mix. I absolutely love Steven Wilson’s remix/surround projects for other artists but could never get into Porcupine Tree or any of his prog solo material that I’ve tried (only up thru Grace For Drowning though). But I really like this a lot and it stands cohesively as an album work for me. But I do like some contemporary pop such as The 1975 etc. so it doesn’t sound completely alien to me. I’ll be going back and checking out his last few albums next.
 
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I’ve only listened to the stereo mix so far via Tidal/Roon and have ordered the Blu Ray. So vote pending once I hear the Atmos mix. I absolutely love Steven Wilson’s remix/surround projects for other artists but could never get into Porcupine Tree or any of his prog solo material that I’ve tried (only up thru Grace For Drowning though). But I really like this a lot and it stands cohesively as an album work for me. But I do like some contemporary pop such as The 1975 etc. so it doesn’t sound completely alien to me. I’ll be going back and checking out his last few albums next.
As a solo artist, all his releases from Hand Cannot Erase are his best. I still favor Hand Cannot Erase the most. I’m not sure he’ll top that one as a full-cohesive album. Although, The Future Bites has grown on me a lot, even if it’s length time is rather short.
 

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I think that the songs are growing on me after a couple listens. The sound quality and the Atmos mix from Tidal are astounding. I upgraded to Atmos out of curiosity with an inexpensive Yahama receiver from CostCo a week ago, listening to this is like the upgrade from stereo to 5.1 was 20 years ago. Just an amazing, and seemless, sound field! When are we going to get floor speakers so I can feel like I’m in mid air? If the songs keep me returning, it’ll be an unquestioned 10!
 

MarkyM

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As a solo artist, all his releases from Hand Cannot Erase are his best. I still favor Hand Cannot Erase the most. I’m not sure he’ll top that one as a full-cohesive album. Although, The Future Bites has grown on me a lot, even if it’s length time is rather short.
Thanks!

Well, I don't know how I missed out on all of this great music! I started yesterday back with 2013's The Raven Refused to Sing (recorded and co-produced by Alan Parsons!). And I love them all! (Raven, Hand Cannot Erase, To The Bone). [Thank you Tidal & Roon] I can see where many of you may not like this new one at first. Since I started with it and can see what he's going for with a more modern pop sound throughout, I really like it as well. I can't wait for the Blu Ray to hear the Atmos mix!

Mr. Wilson is a truly gifted artist, producer and mixer!
 
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I gave it an 8. It's really good, but not 10 worthy. I have the blu-ray and have heard it in stereo, 5.1, and Atmos, though I have not listened to the atmos since I reconfigured my height speakers to a better position for better accuracy. I think the mix, the recording, etc are all fantastic.

I actually like the fact that it's a shorter listen. There are a few tracks on it that I find a bit boring and some of the songs aren't super memorable. I don't really like 'Man of the People' or '12 things I Forgot', in fact I know of one thing I forgot, and that's that song, its just bland.

'Eminent Sleaze' and 'Personal Shopper', however, I think are just damn fantastic, and 'Unself' and 'Self' I really really enjoy and would rate them very highly. The rest are firmly in the "solid" to "pretty good" camp.

If there's one thing I'm not super super fond of with most of Steven Wilson's work is the lyrics. I find him to be a very very talented musician, a superlative producer/engineer/mixer, a pretty good singer though not my favorite, but kind of middling at lyrics. He needs a Bernie to his Elton. Then again, he's still better than a lot of newer artists who I feel REALLY need someone to help with lyrics. (Looking at you Tash Sultana, you are a generational musician, vocalist, composer, and arranger, but damn your lyrics are just... abysmal.)
 

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Tell him how you really feel AX. LOL
I mean, I'll give them a bit of credit since they're only 25, and their compositions, arrangements, and musicianship are virtuoso level (plays 20+ instruments, like homing in on John Paul Jones territory) and their vocal range is something stupid like 5 octaves. But uhh...

Tash Sultana said:
And people only givin' a shit when you hide yourself
Try mould to perfection
When you don't feel like feeding the mouth
Bite the hand that feeds your wealth
And that ain't good for my mental health, oh, no
Tash Sultana said:
Bet you didn't think that I was watching you
Bet you didn't know that I could love you the way I do
And I don't watch the TV late at night, ooh
'Cause there's no knowledge, only information
You know I'm right
Ain't exactly John Lennon or Paul McCartney, maybe Ringo though...
 

MarkyM

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Thanks!

Well, I don't know how I missed out on all of this great music! I started yesterday back with 2013's The Raven Refused to Sing (recorded and co-produced by Alan Parsons!). And I love them all! (Raven, Hand Cannot Erase, To The Bone). [Thank you Tidal & Roon] I can see where many of you may not like this new one at first. Since I started with it and can see what he's going for with a more modern pop sound throughout, I really like it as well. I can't wait for the Blu Ray to hear the Atmos mix!

Mr. Wilson is a truly gifted artist, producer and mixer!
I got the bluray today and listened to the Atmos mix. A fun mix in places, SQ of course par for the course for Mr. Wilson: superb!
I also really like the music. Cohesive and easy to play and enjoy all the way through. A solid 10 for me.
 

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Now for the not so good news. Sad to say, this is the first Steven Wilson album that really disappoints me - and I say that as a very long time fan from the early days of no-man and Porcupine Tree. I find it disjointed, snarky without being particularly insightful, and musically boring.
So much this. I may refrain from rating this album because of my personal bias. I do not want to rate a mix based on what I think about the actual songs. I mean, it's a SW mix, so you know it's going to sound good.

But I'm not enjoying the listening experience like I should. The album is very bitter all the way through, condescending even, and pretty uninteresting. He has streamlined his music for this album and simplified it, and perhaps that is out of necessity or out of needing a break. I totally understand that from a musician's standpoint if that's the case, and I realize that each of his solo efforts is a bit different from the last.

I will give this a few more listens simply because it is a SW mix, but my first impression pre-Blu Ray was that I didn't like it, and my first listen with the Blu Ray and passage of some time is that I REALLY don't like it. Ultimately, though, he's an artist and a legit one at that, and I appreciate that he's not afraid to test his boundaries. As a fan, that doesn't mean I have to like everything he puts out.
 

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I had the exact opposite reaction. I keep trying to listen to his previous work and I just can't get into it. I like The Future Bites, however, especially that crazy Personal Shopper song in Atmos.
 

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It's interesting reading the range of reactions to this one!

After loving Hand Cannot Erase and being bitterly disappointed with To the Bone, I gave this one an initial listen when first released and then shelved it. But, I returned to it more recently and got swept away with a couple more listens. It's much more coherent and fully realized than To the Bone, and has plenty of "earworms" across a wide range of musical styles. Maybe overwrought in terms of the theme and packaging, as if it tries too hard, but that's symptomatic of the state of existence it describes. It's just the right length. And the Atmos mix is a demo piece for my surround room. Adds up to a 10 from me.
 

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Just finished listening to the Atmos mix for the 4th time. At 1am, immersing myself in the sonic blanket that is Count of Unease, I experience that familiar feeling with Steven Wilson that I love so much. It's the feeling that I appreciate his music at a deeper level with each listen. The mix on this album is ONEderful.

I warm up to this album more and more with each successive go-around.
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The decriminalized weed helps, too.
 
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