To The Bone

Steven Wilson - To The Bone
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #366 / 838
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2017 Ratings: #584
Liked by 2 people
August 18, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Caroline / Label
Art Rock, Pop Rock / Genres
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He displays that it’s just as impressive to make an effective pop song, as it is to create a progressive rock epic. Steven Wilson proves that an artist can venture into uncharted musical waters, even 30 years into their career, for ambitious and vibrant results like these.


While To the Bone sometimes seems inconsistent, it's an illusion; repeated listening reveals that Wilson's brand of progressive pop is so multivalently textured and expertly crafted, that its aesthetic and sonic palette refuse to be contained under a single rock umbrella. As such, To the Bone stands with Wilson's best work.

No Ripcord
This record’s strength is its directness. It may lean more towards the mainstream than usual, but that makes it another fresh move in a career full of them. No matter what styles he tries, Wilson excels.
Under The Radar

To the Bone is not perfect throughout, but the immaculately clean production, thought-provoking lyrics, and refined aesthetic make it an excellent introduction to the qualities that make Steven Wilson such an important songwriter and producer in modern music, prog or otherwise.


Melancholy defines Wilson’s music, no matter the project, which makes the unapologetic happiness of To the Bone a welcome entry into his catalogue.

The Independent

Citing youthful influences like Talk Talk, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel as the inspiration for To The Bone, Steven Wilson delivers polished prog-pop which only occasionally captures that desired blend of exploration and pop appeal.

Drowned in Sound
One can only speculate, but ultimately the impression given is that Wilson has focused more on the idea of writing a pop record than on actually delivering the goods. There are hooks here, but they are scattered and often attached to tracks that come worryingly close to mediocre exercises in MOR.
A disappointing misstep for the prog rock legend.
To the Bone - 9/10
Nowhere Now - 9/10
Pariah - 10/10
The Same Asylum As Before - 10/10
Refuge - 8/10
Permanating - 7/10
Blank Tapes - 9/10
People Who Eat Darkness - 8/10
Song of I - 10/10
Detonation - 9/10
Song of Unborn - 10/10

Overall Rating: 99 out of 110 = 90%

Overall Opinion: This is my first Steven Wilson album so I don't have any kind of stigma or knowledge walking into it. That being said, I LOVE it. It's right on the border of my comfort zone so it really makes me force myself to ... read more
Modern prog prince Steven Wilson is back with a much poppier (but by no means less indulgent) solo album on To The Bone. This new project looked to rank higher among some of the most controversial releases associated with his rather influential name, as the singles Pariah and Permanating left clear his intentions of diving deeper into his pop influences. In fact, such discussion sounds incredibly pointless, as the artist himself has very openly embraced accessible song structures and friendly ... read more
Yesterday, I finally found a moment to sit and listen to Wilson’s ‘To the Bone’ release. This came after reading a review on AOTY that opened me up to a more critical perspective that, admittedly, sometimes evades me in my haste. How I replied to this review was to draw attention to how many salient points had been made pertinent to the critique of the album. I still hadn’t heard the entire record. So… [Smiles]… Yeah, I’m long winded. ... read more
Not really what I was expecting. It sounds like Steven wilson was going in a poppier direction. With his solo work, he always has had classic prog rock sound, even with the earliest days of Porcupine Tree. Because of this, especially where I don't like most of his solo stuff as much as my favorite Porcupine Tree albums, it doesn't really bother me that Wilson was going for a different sound. I will say however that it didn't pan out that nicely, and it is by far the least interesting solo ... read more
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Track List

  1. To the Bone
  2. Nowhere Now
  3. Pariah (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
  4. The Same Asylum As Before
  5. Refuge
  6. Permanating
  7. Blank Tapes (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
  8. People Who Eat Darkness
  9. Song of I (feat. Sophie Hunger)
  10. Detonation
  11. Song of Unborn
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Added on: May 9, 2017