TIM BOWNESS My Hotel Year One Little Indian
From page 85 of Classic Rock Magazine April 2005
Brit art-rocker has proof that less is more.
Thus far the less celebrated half of No- Man, an art- rock act co- founded in 1987 with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, singer Tim Bowness is finally breaking out on his own.
Bowness specialises in a serene, ambient and soothing strand of progressive rock and has already collaborated with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, ex-Japan/current Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri and Roger Eno, among many others. My Hotel Year is a personal, eclectic and highly intimate solo debut.
Though frail, pensive and inwardly focussed, the album has inexplicable commercial possibilities. Among its many highlights are The Me I Knew (‘Nothing’s clear/But blood and fear,’ croons Tim over an
emotion-charged, spidery piano backing), I Once Loved You and the far less edgy Ian McShane.
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