Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    Despite the eclectic background material, it feels like a consolidation rather than a development.
  2. Kerrang!
    Apr 5, 2013
    60
    The Raven is a solid offering, it's just not particularly as progressive as we know Steven Wilson can be. [2 Mar 2013, p.52]
  3. Mojo
    Mar 7, 2013
    60
    Wilson's Raven can sound magpie-like--with jazz-rock joining the classical prog references--but tunes as lovely as Drive Home or the slow-burning title track remind you that he has a vision that's all his own. [Apr 2013, p.94]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    10
    Way past the electric prog-rock experiments with Porcupine Tree, in this record Steve Wilson achieves a timeless record: artful, precise,Way past the electric prog-rock experiments with Porcupine Tree, in this record Steve Wilson achieves a timeless record: artful, precise, melodic and more full of sentiment than any other previous Wilson effort. Sharply mixed by Alan Parsons and beautifully executed by some of the most talented and expressive musicians out there, this collection of songs exudes perfection and shines the most in their quietest, softest moments like the middle section in Luminol or The Watchmaker. Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    The man did it again. The album is full of emotion, you can basically just listen to it all day long, and you will always find something new,The man did it again. The album is full of emotion, you can basically just listen to it all day long, and you will always find something new, that you did not notice before. I liked Grace for Drowning a lot, but this is just better. I do not know how Steven does it, he always comes with something, that is pushing the boundaries of rock/ progressive rock music, he is shaping the world in his own way, and that is what it makes him a true artist. A master of his art. Thank you Steven 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Jan 24, 2014
    10
    Steven Wilson has once again created a beautiful combination of pure sound, with funky tunes such as those in Luminol to 8 minutes of pureSteven Wilson has once again created a beautiful combination of pure sound, with funky tunes such as those in Luminol to 8 minutes of pure emotional anguish in The Raven That Refused To Sing. He has blended the mellotron well with his more classical array of music on this record. Some may say that this is a typical Steven Wilson record but this has the makings of something even better. This is a soulful album that provides you with just enough of everything. Full Review »