Tim Bowness
Lost in the Ghost Light

1. Worlds Of Yesterday
2. Moonshot Manchild
3. Kill The Pain That’s KillingYou
4. Nowhere Good To Go
5. You’ll Be The Silence
6. Lost In The Ghost Light
7. You Wanted To Be Seen
8. Distant Summers

Tim Bowness
with a core band of
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief / Katatonia)
Hux Nettermalm (Paatos)
Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool / No-Man)
Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum / No-Man)

My Hotel Year (2004)
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (2014)
Stupid Things That Mean The World (2015)

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man / Camel)
Andrew Keeling (Hilliard Ensemble / Robert Fripp)
Steve Bingham (Ely Sinfonia / No-Man)
David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel / Kate Bush / Scott Walker

Mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson
Artwork by Jarrod Gosling

Released 2017-02-17
Reviewed 2017-03-03



Just a few days ago I wrote about a band called The Mute Gods, released on InsideOut. This album has much in common with these Mute Gods’s latest effort, it followed an album I really liked and it ended up being a good but fairly uninteresting album. And like these Mute Gods there are some strong musicians, even legends present in the recording of the album, in this case Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson who lends his skills, but he is not alone in being a strong musician present on the album. One could almost call in an all-star project and those can be either brilliant or quite dull, they are rarely bad – this is quite dull to be hones, good but dull.

I think that if you press the link to the previous album you can read about the style, it is the same here – progressive rock. It is not heavy; it is rather fine and atmospheric. Strong production and good vocals are other things I notice when listening to this album, an album that feels on the long side despite being only 44 minutes long which is rather short for a progressive rock album. The focus is on the melodies but the album lacks hits, it lacks a strong focal point that will catch me as a listener – the album never really have my undivided attention.

So, I do have some reservations about this album but nevertheless it is a rather good one. And it is one that is easy to take to and easy to like, I liked it more from the beginning than I do now after having heard it several times. Fans of Bowness will no doubt find the album a very good one, maybe a must have while the rest of us probably will look at it more like I do – like a solid effort that doesn’t quite earn my fullest attention at any point. All the time when I listen to this album I find my thoughts wander, wander away from this album and towards other things like other albums and what I should write about other albums.

It is always difficult to find things to write about albums that are good but doesn’t quite attract the attention, I like the sound but the album lacks that something that makes a good album great. In the end I don’t really have much to say about this album, I don’t find myself lost in Bowness’ ghost light and the review might as well just have said, a solid melodic progressive rock album that doesn’t quite thrill me like its predecessor.




Label: InsideOut
Three similar bands: No-Man/OSI/Henry Fool
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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