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METANOIA

Porcupine Tree

 

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2.95 | 172 ratings

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PinkPangolin
3 stars Not exactly the best PT album, and considering this was all jam sessions it's not really going to be a masterpiece, eh?

I wouldn't recommend this as a starter on a journey into Porcupine Tree, but it really is a good listen - lie down on a grassy bank - stare at the blue sky and float into Space! This is for relaxation and floating!

All the frills are gone - no vocals, no melodies, no heavyweight riffs, guitar solos don't dominate. All that is cut, and you are left just with pure unadultaterated Space Rock. Kind of the background to all their other albums.

This is Porcupine Tree most like Ozric Tentacles (by the way - if you like this try O Tentacles) - you can also imagine yourself at an early UFO 1967 Club Pink Floyd jam-out through the night session, with lots of acid-heads freaking out.

Steve Wilson recently admitted to missing those days when the band could simply jam, as the music is so tight now. Well, I don't see why they still cannot jam live - why not on a couple of tracks and treat the audience to non-previously heard music?? Just 15 minutes, perhaps and play the reat of the gig as tight as otherwise??

This album absolutely proves that the Tree can DO it - no rehersals, no frills - just to jam and sound really good and skillful without worry! I just wish there were a few more albums like this - a great idea (although I admit it would be for fans only! - because fans love self-indulgent music - Live at Pompeii being the greatest of course).

My favourite part is Coma Divine (I didn't previously know there was an actual track with this name). Stare at the cover to Coma Divine when you listen to this piece and imagine that woman in white floating - you can float too! I think it's the last 3 minutes of Mesmer III. Also brilliant is Insignificance - Steve really freaks out here on the guitar.

Metanoia II is probably the most floaty part of the album.

Overall - very good, without the frills, but don't start your listening to PT with this.

PinkPangolin | 3/5 |

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