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THE SKY MOVES SIDEWAYS

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

4.09 | 948 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Little by little, PT matures. When I listen to the opening number, the mood is of course Floydian, but not only. The entry part is fullly "Tangerine Dream" oriented (which is fine with me BTW). It is a long journey across the universe, leading you to far away planets in a quite, yet beautiful atmosphere. The beat will increase somewhat after the first half and becomes really hypnotic. It almost gets hard-rocking for a while, just before being brought as the song has started. In the tranquility seas...

Since this track is rather varied, it flows nicely and you just don't notice that it lasts for about twenty minutes.

The mood is drastically different during "Dislocated Day". A good rock song with upbeat rhythm, nothing quiet here. The band reveals his harder side. It is rather nice to feel the different atmospheres of this album. When you'll reach "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder", as you could expect, it is a real soft song, fully "trip" oriented. It catches up some rock speed at the end.

"Mooloop" is a song already released as an EP in 1994 in exactly the same format. To my ears, it sounds as an almost fully improvised theme. It's a kind of "Echoes" (middle part) that lasts for just over seventeen minutes. A bit longish, I must say.

Phase two of the title track is almost as long as the first one (yes, like "SOYCD"...). This is the perfect song to calm you down or completely relax. Ambient and soft spacial sounds for almost five minutes before it lifts off very nicely. I like very much the short interlude which features some beautiful and almost celestial vocals. It is definitely a good space-rock song. A bit adventourous maybe, but not that much after all. "Floyd" paved the way already a long time ago.

It is very difficult to speak about this album without referring to Floyd. Because they are a major source of influence. The great guitar solo at the end of "Phase Two" is a nother perfect example of this fact. I would rate this album with three stars, mainly because of "Moonloop" which is too uniform and too much improv oriented to my taste.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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