Tim Bowness is the kind of musician
who has been in music industry for about three decades but has always kept a
low profile. Even after working with musical virtuoso Steven Wilson in the project No-Man
since 1987, Mr. Bowness has always laid low and stayed away from things like
fame and celebrity. All of Steven Wilson’s projects are well known to the world,
but No-Man is known to very few of them. Up till now, Tim has recorded and
produced many albums, which include six studio albums under his project No-Man
with Steven Wilson, and two solo albums. Now aftera gap of almost a year, Tim
is back with his third solo album ‘Stupid
Things That Mean The World’.
name suggests. It’s a very soft and mushy progressive rock album delivering
just the right amount of sweet notes one needs in music; neither too less, nor
too much. With nary a thought to what the listener might say to it, Tim has
brewed up music that comes straight from that four-chambered-organ-that-beats-on-left-side-of-our-chest.
album takes you on a voyage with the first track “The Great Electric Teenage Dream”. Starting with just the drums
and some slow piano, the track gradually picks up the pace by the end with
guitars that start up low but take over the song given the time, and takes you
off to a different place. This is followed by “Sing To Me” which serves as an envoy to put your chaotic mind it
to ease; pulling you into a continuum of time and space where all is nothing
and nothing is everything. The next two
tracks “Where You’ve Always Been” and “Stupid Things That Mean The World” come with grooves that’ll make
you dance along to their elegant tunes.
album’s second half begins with “Press
Reset”, which just like the introduction of the first half picks up the
pace very slowly and creates an ambient environment within the listener’s mind.
Nevertheless, this half really kicks the album up a notch, making you sing and
groove along, and thus making you a part of the album. The short one-minute instrumental “Everything But You” steals the heart
away with its enchanting chorus as it prepares you for the end of the album. It
has this Ayreon-y feeling to it if you ask me, but that’s just the charm of it.
The last 2 tracks, “Soft William” and
“At The End of Holiday” take your
hand gently and indulge you in the revels that Tim Bowness has created for
himself in this album as it comes to an end.
very title. For those who are gentle at heart and hold every little thing dear,
even if it’s stupid and means the world to them, this album mixes all those feelings
together and presents the concoction as an extremely beautiful way to
adore every little thing in this world.