Steven Wilson - THE FUTURE BITES
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Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #354 / 511
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Based on 275 ratings
2021 Ratings: #551
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Record Collector

The Future Bites is guaranteed to weather the ravages of time.


While this is another step into a more pop centred aesthetic, Wilson’s song writing has not suffered, being able to touch on many complex issues, while not taking himself too seriously.


Sixth solo set burrows further down a beguiling pop rabbit hole.


The Future Bites is a great grown-up pop record - knowing and self-aware, but never too much for its own good.


The Future Bites objectively deserves applause for perpetuating Steven Wilson's integrity and creativity, even if it's a markedly—and perhaps intentionally—divisive collection, too.

American Songwriter

Despite its dark, cautionary subject matter, The Future Bites is Steven Wilson’s most powerful and commercially appealing set to date.

The Guardian

It’s a long way from the psychedelic odysseys and ambient drones of his Porcupine Tree days: not prog, but always progress.

Spill Magazine

The Future Bites is one of Wilson’s best albums. He has observed a great deal over the past few years, and working on some of rock’s greatest albums has certainly inspired him to reach for new heights.

Under The Radar
With its themes of self-fulfillment and consumerism, Steven Wilson has produced an album that speaks directly to a global population in the throes of pandemic isolation and confusion.
Slant Magazine

Conceptually, the album revolves around a post-apocalyptic vision of an overly materialist society, and while the electro-pop trappings are almost never “happy,” they serve as a slick backdrop to the dystopian landscape Wilson envisions.

Classic Rock

Powerful and thought-provoking, if depressing, The Future Bites ultimately asks you to take a good hard look at what the hell you’re doing with your life.


Arrangements are slick but sparse, clinical canvases on which melodies bloom one after another, resulting in a mature strain of pop that suits Steven’s style but will – and already has – rubbed some fans the wrong way.


Most fans ... shouldn't find The Future Bites an inconsistent entry in Wilson's catalog, but an arguably minor aside that steps sideways instead of pursuing a real change of direction.


A bold reinvention for the modern progressive rock giant that will polarize his audience.

No Ripcord

The best thing you can say about The Future Bites is that it’s relatively merciful, as it only lasts for 40 minutes.

Plastic Pop for Plastic People

Steven Wilson has been making music for at least 30 years now, having formed the group No-Man in 1987 with Tim Burgess and releasing his first proper album On the Sunday of Life under the moniker Porcupine Tree in 1992. His musical ventures range through Psychedelic Rock and Progressive Rock with a fully fleshed our Porcupine Tree; Art-Rock and Dream Pop under No-Man, Krautrock as Incredible Expanding Mindfuck (I.E.M.); Ambient and Drone as Bass Communion; ... read more
Steven Wilson drops an album that shows him embracing new electronic sounds in a tasteful way that sounds fresh but ultimately doesn't show him explore this new sound enough to keep it engaging and spends the whole album sounding like the definition of 'we live in a society'

I found that I respected the album (and Steven for still experimenting with new sounds this far into his career) more than I enjoyed it, the problem is that it often feels lifeless and bland despite attempts to be anything ... read more
(Posing) Posing at the bar
(Posing) Posing sitting down
(Posing) Posing in the distance
(Posing) Posing with my arm
(Posing) Posing with my leg
(Posing) Posing like a swan
(Posing) Posing for a portrait
Posing a threat!
i don’t care
Yeah, actually? This new Steven Wilson album? It's... n- (GUNSHOTS)

Seriously though, while I get that the boomer-ish lyrics about our generation being self-obsessed and the internet taking over and whatever might be a turn off for some, I don't find them too obnoxious. Some of them are a little too on the nose, yes, but I don't really disagree with the sentiment most of the time and it's hard for me to turn my nose up at an anti-capitalist bop like Personal Shopper - the most important thing ... read more
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Added on: March 11, 2020