Album of the year was going to be easy. Steven Wilson. Sorted. Now comes along the new Riverside and all change. I have been a fan of this band since their first album. Their mix of heavy, metallic prog and Floydian atmospherics was a potent brew. But with bassist Mariusz Dudas's solo project Lunatic Soul and the bands last album, Songs for a New Generation, their was change in the air. Things were becoming less metallic and more melodic. This new album takes that even further and adds in a particularly 80's vibe, recalling the prominent high end bass sound of early Cure and New Order. It all works a treat and presents their best album by far. Mariusz Duda is on an inspired songwriting roll at the moment and is producing some fantastic songs with the band all working in harmony to realise their most atmospheric, solid effort to date. But it is Duda who is the star. His voice and his bass playing has never sounded better. Yep, album of the year!