Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories is the best of Wilson's three solo projects; let's hope this particular group stays together awhile.
  2. Feb 27, 2013
    70
    Since this is prog release, some pretentious philosophizing is helpful in elucidating the plight of this otherwise great record; to borrow Hegelian language, Wilson needs to move beyond thesis and antithesis into the realm of synthesis.
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Wilson never forgets the melodies or real sentiment. [May 2013, p.113]
  4. 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]
  5. Feb 28, 2013
    70
    The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) is certainly an intense listen, but it is ultimately a rewarding one, despite its ability to frustrate or confound.
  6. Feb 27, 2013
    100
    This album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock's most cunning and soulful protagonists.
  7. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    His ambitions as an artist might be plagued by a fanatical obsession with '70s prog, but he's at least able to channel that infatuation into formulating a very well orchestrated and enjoyable homage to his beloved genre.
  8. Jun 6, 2013
    90
    Sad, weird, beautiful, fiercesome; music to move and excite. [Apr 2013, p.97]
  9. 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]
  10. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    Despite the eclectic background material, it feels like a consolidation rather than a development.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 27, 2013
    10
    A remarkable record that should easily the "best of 2013" list in most music goers. Steven Wilson has truly outdone himself here. Highly recommend it!
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    10
    There must be something really amazing (and great for music) if this is not the best album of 2013. Themed (ghosts) album, almost classic progressive compositions (most of the tracks with multiple "movements" and so), extraordinary performances (great musicians), but most important: this album is made with intelligence, soulfulness and love for music by Wilson & Co. If you can, try the HD/Blu-Ray version. My personal favorite: The Watchmaker. Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2013
    10
    Steven Wilson a creative genius. he's so prolifically talented I just listen in awe... between his solo work and Porcupine Tree exploits howvis he not a household name? It is no surprise that he has created another master work. Pure genius. Full Review »