To The Bone
2017 | Rock
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“You have your inspiration. -- You control in domination, yeah. -- You represent the people, but you don't believe in free will, for me and my eggshell mind.”
- To The Bone hit #58 on the Billboard 200, #3 on the Independent Albums chart & #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart.
- Wilson is best known as the founder, lead guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter for Porcupine Tree.
- His concerts incorporate quadraphonic sound, 4 channel audio, and elaborate visuals.
THE HOT TAKES
Anyone who is at all into progressive rock needs to spend some serious time with Steven Wilson. Besides the musical achievement of his album "Hand. Cannot. Erase," there is incredible variety and clarity of thought throughout his discography. Very pleased to have him on this list. Fun fact: I have an uncle by the same name (but he spells Steven with a "ph" instead.) To deal with who it's directed at. This is clearly addressing politicians, and questioning their right to rule, with lines like "You believe you have dominion." and "Are you proud of all your failures?" and "You represent the people." But the political class doesn't "believe in free will for me and my eggshell mind." How does this tie into the asylum motif? It seems to me that this is a reference to the kind of drugged-public perspective. Everyone is busy enough with their daily lives, making money, caring for family, and paying taxes to stir up too much trouble. Even though this moral atrocity exists, no one can get enough people out of the asylum to make a change. Bleak.
I really liked this moody and somewhat etherial song. It reminds me of that old chestnut about insanity.
"Insanity is doing the same think over and over and expecting different result."
Boy, if that doesn't sound like the average voter, I don't know what does. They talk about how terrible the other side is, but keep playing into the system that gives people power over them because they don't want to give up their powe over others. It's a vicious circle, and I sure am glad to be off that merry-go-round.
I see this fantastic song as a callout to each person or institution that believes they have the right to authority over those around them. It seems to be calling bullshit on each little excuse and claim they make. Moreover it seems to be calling people out for falling for it over and over again. We make excuses for why this leader is different or better than another leader or the opposition but somehow neglect to see how we seem to be in the same place no matter who's in charge. D or R makes no difference. A slave master is a slave master no matter the outfit.