Wilson & Wakeman: Delicate Vigor

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Not in the least what I expected, but absolutely what I needed.

Being a rather huge (gargantuan?) admirer of Damian Wilson–especially his work with Arjen Lucassen–and, most especially, in his [headspace] collaboration with Adam Wakeman (another favorite), I eagerly preordered and helped crowd fund the new Wilson & Wakeman album, “The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour.”

The CD landed on my doorstep from Germany last week.  With Wilson, Wakeman, and such a Crimson-esque title, I was expecting a scorching experimental prog metal masterpiece of galactic proportions.

The last thing I expected was what I actually received, an album that sounds as though it could have been written, at various points, by Paul Simon, Seals and Crofts, or Natalie Merchant.  I’m not in any way suggesting that Wilson & Wakeman advertised falsely.  Frankly, I’m sure I just missed some memo, here or there.  It wouldn’t be the first time my 50-year old spaciness got the best of me.  Additionally, Wilson & Wakeman are each too earnest to be deceptive.

And, that’s the best place to start an actual review of this rather beautiful album.  The album is raw, earnest, sincere, heartfelt, and, from a prog perspective, absolutely minimalist.  Vocals and piano dominate this album, with only the odd strings, backup vocals, and drums coming in from time to time.

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The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour (2018)

Wilson and Wakeman!

No, it’s not Steven Wilson and Rick Wakeman.

It’s Damian and Adam!

I’m still listening to Damian’s last Headspace album, All That You Fear is Gone (2016), because it’s so good.

But now here’s a disc of dazzling new material since Weir Keeper’s Tale (2016):

Damian and Adam will release their second full-length album on February 16th.

The album, containing 10 brand new songs, will feature Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. It also features guest musicians Andy Dunlop (Travis) on guitar, Ash Soan (Adele, Robbie Williams) on drums, Tony Woollard (Damian Wilson) on cello and Hayley Sanderson (Strictly Come Dancing) on backing vocals.
The album will be available as digipak CD and as digital download on all major platforms on February 16th. A vinyl edition will be released on March 16th.

Adam Wakeman

Best known as the keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, Adam Wakeman has also released nine albums with father Rick Wakeman as well as releasing four solo albums.

As a classically- trained pianist, his albums cross many genres and styles from classical, to rock. He co- wrote the 2010 platinum selling album Scream with Ozzy Osbourne and has also toured extensively with Travis, Annie Lennox, Will Young, Slash, 10CC and many more. The most recent Black Sabbath The End world tour saw over 81 shows in 30 countries around the world, playing to over 1.5 million people.

Damian Wilson

Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases.

Damian is widely known in the progressive rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Ayreon and Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album. He is currently promoting his latest solo album Built for Fighting

Damian has also worked with Guy Fletcher, Maiden United, After Forever, Mostly Autumn and Praying Mantis. He played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on their UK National Tour.

Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman: KICKSTARTER

Hey Progarchists, a plea and an appeal.  Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman have launched a Kickstarter pledge program.

Please, please, please support them.

The campaign lasts until February, and they’ve received about 30% of what they need at this point to complete and produce the album.

For those of you who might not know, these are the two who brought us the exceptional and outstanding [headspace] albums.  These guys are genius, and they very much deserve our support.

To support this project, please go here.