Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Clash Music
    Jun 6, 2013
    90
    Sad, weird, beautiful, fiercesome; music to move and excite. [Apr 2013, p.97]
  2. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Wilson never forgets the melodies or real sentiment. [May 2013, p.113]
  3. 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.
  4. Feb 27, 2013
    100
    This album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock's most cunning and soulful protagonists.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 70 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 »