Possibly, the greatest quality of the album is the versatility. With one track very different from one another – although they retain a consistent sonorous identity throughout the record – a melancholic, profoundly poetic and sentimental serenade like “Refugee”, with its sidelined and acerbic wild rock overtones, is vastly different from the more romantic and inspiring, albeit arid, title track “To The Bone”, which, by its turn, severely contrasts with the more ballad ridden, happily sophisti-pop “Permanating”. With each song undoubtedly showing a strong and solid sonorous identity, certainly the eclecticism of the album can be considered its strongest virtue.
The entire album, in general, can be generously and rightly evaluated as amazingly beautiful. In any way Steven Wilson challenges himself in a more practical, technical or avant-garde direction. He evidently sought more traditional and conventional musical patterns on this album. Despite the formulaic structure, the final result can certainly be classified as satisfying. If you like the artist, or by any chance appreciates the genres he plays with, it’s definitely worthwhile checking it out.
Of course, being a conventional mainstream album, you can’t expect anything extraordinary. If you maintain your expectations in a salutary level, though, To The Bone can be ostensibly appreciated. But of course, this is my evaluation, directed to a more sophisticated and underground audience, according to my own personal musical tastes. Among the inveterate fans and enthusiasts of Steven Wilson, there is a great chance that this album will be a tremendous success. Or maybe not. We will have to wait a little to see.