Tim Bowness
Flowers at the Scene

1. I Go Deeper
2. The Train That Pulled Away
3. Rainmark
4. Not Married Anymore
5. Flowers At The Scene
6. It's The World
7. Borderline
8. Ghostlike
9. The War On Me
10. Killing To Survive
11. What Lies Here

Tim Bowness -vocals, backing vocals, ukulele, trumpet and guitar loops

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

Lost in the Ghost Light (2017)

Brian Hulse - synth/keyboards, guitar 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, drum programming 1, 4, 8, 9
Peter Hammill - guitar and vocals 6, 10
James Matheos - guitar 3, 5, 6
Andy Partridge - guitar 11
Ian Dixon - trumpet 3, 7, 8
Aleksei Saks - looped trumpet 6
Colin Edwin - bass 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10
David K Jones - bass 4, 5, 8
Tom Atherton - drums 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10
Dylan Howe - drums 4, 7
Charles Grimsdale - drums 8
Kevin Godley - vocals 11
David Longdon - backing vocals, flute, melodica 7
Steven Wilson - synth 6, additional drum programming
Alistair ‘The Curator’ Murphy - string arrangement 2
Fran Broady - Bridge 5 string electro-acoustic violin, octave violin 2, 10

Produced by Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson and Brian Hulse
Mixed by Steven Wilson
Mastered by Steve Kitch
Artwork by Jarrod Gosling

Released 2019-03-01
Reviewed 2019-03-09



Bowness and Wilson has been collaborating on this album, and Bowness has also enlisted some help from a big number of solid guests for his new album that happens to be the third one we write about here at Hallowed. We have liked one a lot, the most recent one wasn’t as enthusiastically received. So how about this one? There is a good basis with solid musicians and skilled productions team, but that was the same on the previous album and it wasn’t overly impressive. This one, like the previous, has a good artwork and there are many things that would point towards Flowers at the Scene as a really impressive new album. But that has been true of many albums and then shown not to be the case when we look at the music. So how about this new album by Time Bowness?

The music is art rock, progressive rock or something to that effect. The songs are mostly of the calmer variety with ballads and slow songs making out the album. An album that is very well produced and performed, the vocals performances are great. The variation is pretty good but the tempo could have been a bit more varied as the low pace makes the album feel pretty slow from the start to finish and you could experience it as lacking in depth and variation due to this. And if we look at the styles I think that the earlier works are closer to this than the later solo albums like the two we have reviewed here at Hallowed before, with that being said it is still pretty much like those albums as well and I think that this album was more or less what I expected when I first received the mail about it.

Despite a sensible playing time I think this album feels a little bit on the long side but the songs are good so the overall feeling towards the album is a positive one but with reservations. I would have liked the album to have some uptempo addition to add more depth and variation to it. It feels a bit like we are waiting for a climax that never comes, kind of just waiting for 43 minutes for the album to take off. But that might be only me, I think those who liked the previous album and likes what Bowness has done before will probably find this one appealing.

I think that it is a fine album, pretty enjoyable with good atmospheres and great performances. A really strong release I think, and there is not much to complain about. If you like Bowness’ earlier stuff you should have a look at this one too. Nevertheless, I still cannot really let go of this sensation of something missing when playing through this album. It is like I am just waiting for it to take off and then it never happens, I think it feels like there is something missing – perhaps there aren’t quite enough flower on the scene.






Label: InsideOut
Three similar bands: No-Man/OSI/Henry Fool

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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