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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.26 | 2619 ratings

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5 stars With albums like this you really don't know where to start, because each song flows into each other and plays a significant role in the album. So I will give a short review for each track, since this album is obviously a five-star masterpiece.

1. Blackest Eyes: An excellent opener. As heavy as it's needed to give PT a turn of style. A true classic.

2. Trains: A favourite of mine and many fans' as well. What's not to love in this track? Everything is perfect. Definitely one of PT's finest.

3. Lips of Ashes: A nice break from the first two masterful tracks with something very atmospheric but a tiny bit forgettable. Nothing to worry about as things get only better.

4. The Sound of Muzak: One of the most popular of the bunch to date. It is the only song from the album Wilson still plays live as a solo artist and maybe that is thanks to its "catchy chorus". I don't find the solo all that mind-blowing but it is a nice touch. Also, it's the first song in which Gavin Harrison really shows his teeth.

5. Gravity Eyelids: For me THE "In Absentia" song. I don't know why but it reminds me of the cover art. An excellent piece for sure, with a nice explosion in the middle.

6. Wedding Nails: The first song I really liked from the album. I have to admit that it doesn't offer much more after the first listen, something rare for prog, but I'm always in the mood for it when it comes. A wake up call.

7. Prodigal: For a long time it used to be my favourite song in the album, before it was replaced by "Trains". Everything about it is perfect, I wouldn't change a single thing. As solid as it gets.

8. .3 : Maybe the first (and only) not-that-good song. Is it because preceding "Prodigal" is so good or is it just a little Who knows, maybe I should give it a few more listens before I completely love it like the rest.

9. The Creator Has a Mastertape : Starts with a kick but drags a little too long. Always fun to listen too and the drums are fantastic.

10. Heartattack in a Layby : The first time you listen to it it's not anything special but after a few listens it shows its true beauty. And it's a very scary type of beauty. One of Wilson's favourites, if memory serves.

11. Strip the Soul : Another good track that maybe drags a little. Nice grooves but the noise at the end isn't all that welcome.

12. Collapse the Light Into Earth: Can you think of a better closer? I can't. Listen to it and you will understand why. Pure bliss...

In general one of the easiest five-star ratings I have given.

Watchmaker | 5/5 |


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