If you haven’t lived under a rock for the last 20+ years, the name of Ray Wilson is a very well-sounding one. It was in the late 90s when the singer had a break-through moment. His band Stiltskin had a major hit with ‚Inside‘, being on heavy rotation at MTV. What followed was Wilson joining the legendary Genesis with ‚Calling All Stations‘ being the studio album he enriched with his voice.
Next to these thrilling moments, the singer and guitarist was always busy with solo releases too. The newest one, ‘The Weight of Man‘, is now ready to be unleashed, a ten songs featuring emotional record that includes with ‚Golden Slumbers‘ also a fascinating The Beatles cover.
The album starts with „You Could Have been Someone‘ in a very gentle way. The opener is a smoothly rocking beauty that lives by its emotional impact. It’s not the loud tones making this song to a treat. It is the woven in soul that makes the tune to a special one.
The first track sets the scene for the entire album. ‚The Weight of Man‘ is lasering in on the calmer tones with Wilson sketching soundscapes that are full of emotional impact.
A song worth to mention, is the melancholic ‚Amelia‘ and „heavy heart“ isn’t solely a term that is coming back as a pattern. It is also a good expression that describes the musical direction of a song that is covered in grey shades. Compared with ‚Amelia‘ the following ‚Almost Famous‘ is a bit more light-hearted without breaking the pattern of touching music that impresses. Especially the chorus shines and wraps the listener in a warm melody that is crafted very well.
Although the album doesn’t come with hard rocking outbreaks it is the emotional depth that attracts and touches. Tunes like ‚Mother Earth‘ allows the listener to have a view on the world in a situation when times changed dramatically.
The final spot on the tracklist is reserved for a cover song. Ray Wilson interprets ‚Golden Slumbers‘ from The Beatles and the result is stunning. Art is connected to emotions and Wilson knows how to create this link in perfection. As with the other Ray Wilson longplayers also, ‚The Weight of Man‘ is a masterpiece when it comes to using notes, chords and tones to pen a musical landscape that is real and authentic. A couple of faster and uptempo songs would have made this record even better but maybe it‘s not the time for these kind of tracks. This album catches listeners attention by gentle songs with depth. Beautiful.
- You Could Have Been Someone
- Mother Earth
- We Know the Truth Once
- I Like You
- The Weight of Man
- The Last Laugh
- Almost Famous
- Cold Like Stone
- Golden Slumbers
Label: Jaggy D
Release Date EU: August 28th, 2021