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Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex



7.6 | 103 votes |
Release date: 29 September 2023
Style: Progressive rock

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17 want it


Disc I
01. Inclination
02. What Life Brings
03. Economies Of Scale
04. Impossible Tightrope
05. Rock Bottom
06. Beautiful Scarecrow
07. The Harmony Codex
08. Time Is Running Out
09. Actual Brutal Facts
10. Staircase

Disc II [Harmonic Distortion] [deluxe edition bonus]
01. Codex Theme #7
02. Economies of Scale [Manic Street Preachers remix]
03. Codex Theme #9
04. Inclination [Faultline remix]
05. Impossible Tightrope [alternate version]
06. Codex Theme #6
07. Beautiful Scarecrow [Meat Beat Manifesto Excursion 1]
08. Codex Theme #8
09. Time Is Running Out [Mikael Åkerfeldt version]
10. Staircase [Interpol remix]
11. Codex Theme #3
12. What Life Brings [Aug 22 mix by Roland Orzabal]
13. The Harmony Codex [long take]
14. Staircase [Radiophonic Workshop rem]

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
Steven Wilson's move away from straight-forward prog rock in his main line of albums finally yields actual great results.

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published 16.10.2023 | Comments (1)

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30.08.2023 - 22:30
Rating: 9
Opethian

THE HARMONY CODEX LIMITED EDITION 3-DISC DELUXE BOX SET IS PREORDERED!
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02.09.2023 - 01:37
24emd
Theory Snob
Cover art looks like two completely different images layered on top of each other.
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02.09.2023 - 01:41
Guib
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Written by 24emd on 02.09.2023 at 01:37

Cover art looks like two completely different images layered on top of each other.


It's exactly that
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02.09.2023 - 01:45
24emd
Theory Snob
Written by Guib on 02.09.2023 at 01:41

Written by 24emd on 02.09.2023 at 01:37

Cover art looks like two completely different images layered on top of each other.


It's exactly that

Lmao yeah I'm very observant today. but seriously I don't think contrast works, at least to my eyes.
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02.09.2023 - 01:46
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by 24emd on 02.09.2023 at 01:45

Written by Guib on 02.09.2023 at 01:41

Written by 24emd on 02.09.2023 at 01:37

Cover art looks like two completely different images layered on top of each other.


It's exactly that

Lmao yeah I'm very observant today. but seriously I don't think contrast works, at least to my eyes.


Nothing in this cover art works, it is absolute garbage my friend. We agree. I suppose
we can only hope the music is better?
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- Headbanging with mostly clogged arteries to that stuff -
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- Also Thrash Paradise
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24.09.2023 - 10:13
Stormm

What a stupid ugly cover art.
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29.09.2023 - 13:49
Rating: 8
SamuelYK

After two lackluster albums, this one might be the best after Hand. Cannot. Erase.
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29.09.2023 - 16:17
Rating: 7
Vellichor

Staircase is pretty good and I always enjoy songs that feature Ninet, but as a whole the album isn’t on the level of HCE or anything prior. Still a good album, he clearly put a ton of effort into this.
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29.09.2023 - 20:53
Rating: 5
iMorphball

Surprised to see the high rating here. This album feels like a whole lot of nothing again. Generic beats repeated over songs that are way too long, with experimental oohs and aahs and pops and noise. The song with Ninet is good, but not much else is.
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30.09.2023 - 02:13
24emd
Theory Snob
I thought it was pretty good, though at times I couldn't tell whether it was ambitious or pretentious.
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30.09.2023 - 15:50
Rating: 9
JayMo4

I think it’s some of Wilson’s best work, but if you’re looking for Porcupine Tree or prog rock it’s not really there and so I’m not surprised that it’s not for everyone.

Still, I think it’s ambitious, creative, and dripping with atmosphere. I’ll need further listens to decide for sure, but right now I honestly think it might be the best thing Steven has done since Raven.
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30.09.2023 - 16:51
Rating: 8
dammage11

I wouldn't say it's amazing, but damn was I totally absorbed in this, I really appreciated the different direction he was going for here, it made for a very unique listening experience. Something I would love to listen to on a hifi setup.

Unfortunately this just solidifies for me that we'll never get another H.C.E but, that's a once in a lifetime album anyhow. This is definitely better than his past 2 for me though
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01.10.2023 - 08:55
Rating: 9
Lord Slothrop

Maybe I'm an unabashed fan, but I think this is fucking great.
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02.10.2023 - 16:39
Rating: 8
musclassia

There's a couple of songs that feel a bit underwhelming, but for the most part it's a really well-made modern prog rock album - I'd rank it above the last couple SW releases, and the Porcupine Tree comeback album as well
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04.10.2023 - 04:46
Rating: 9
Ryanm123

This sounds like the soundtrack of life and I am HERE for it!!
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04.10.2023 - 21:25
A Real Mönkey

I’ve given up on Wilson. He just hasn’t released a good album since Fear of a Blank Planet and even the actual PT reunion album was dookie, to say nothing of his solo work. This album sounds just as pretentious as the Yes ripoff album cover indicates.

Dude should just stick with remastering classic prog rock albums. He’s fantastic at that at least.
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