'Routine' is the story within a story on Steven Wilson's third solo album. It tells of a woman going through the various stages of grief after losing her entire family in a car crash. Though the lyrics are very sad, the music is beautiful and uplifting.
Keys are the clear highlights for this song. Piano plays for a large part of the song and the remaining parts are filled with electric piano and Hammond organs.
Vocals/harmonies are a close second. After a timid start, the vocals pick up when Steven is joined by Ninet Tayeb who takes over on the climax of the song. She also rejoins Steven at the end.
Guitar plays a variety of riffs, most of which keep your fingers moving, as well as two very different solo's.
Bass is a very nice surprise on this song, with much more movement than one might otherwise expect from a song like this, but there is some downtime throughout.
Drums starts out on electric programmed drums, with acoustic drums coming in halfway through the song. Again, as with bass, some downtime occurs.