Vera : Exactly two years after Lost In The Ghost Light, English singer-songwriter Tim Bowness has created the next solo album. This fifth adventure brims again with eminent guests, but the main thing we should mention is that it includes a renewed cooperation between him and Steven Wilson. Together they were once the pivotal musicians in No-Man. Wilson can be heard on keyboards in Its The World, helped with programming the drums (while three drummers of flesh and bone contributed to this album) and mixed the album, while the mastering was done by Steve Kitch (The Pineapple Thief).
Tim Bowness always stands for beautiful, yet very quiet easy-listening songs and that is not different on Flowers At The Scene. He presents a wide range of guest musicians, yet this album has a more minimalist approach, compared to former ones. Pureness and not the orchestral arrangements of its predecessor leap to the eye. The lyrics are disarmingly honest and the dreamy nature of Bowness is always noticeable. That is already nicely illustrated in the soaring, sung with velvet voice I Go Deeper. A beautiful, fluttering guitar solo is the icing on the cake, but that does not happen in every song. In the open-hearted The Train That Pulled Away we hear violin of Fran Broady, while the sober Rainmark includes trumpet playing of Ian Dixon and is regaled with another Jim Matheos guitar solo. After the divorce problems in Not Married Anymore follows the sophisticated title track with fretless bass and once again a beautiful solo of Fates Warning guitarist Matheos. The music is completely fitting for listening to in a lounge room of an airport; that would be the place where Its The World (nevertheless with a whole battery of guest musicians, more precisely Peter Hammill, Jim Matheos and Steven Wilson) and the jazzy Borderline will surely be appreciated. Ghostlike continues that trend, while Peter Hammill adds a lively vocal interaction with Tim in Killing To Survive. I was curious about what musicians from the eighties pop scÃ¨ne such as Kevin Godley (vocals, 10cc) and XTCs Andy Partridge (guitar) would be able to contribute to the last track What Lies Here. Well, more contemplation and reveries. Conclusion: when you need to relax in your comfortable couch with a good glass of wine, enjoy this quiescent record with thoughtful lyrics. That is the way we know Tim Bowness.