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Porcupine Tree


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3.92 | 478 ratings

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3 stars A very good short EP with an emphasis on instrumental songwriting, but quite similar to Fear of the Blank Planet. Despite the lack of originality, the songs range from good to very good and are masterfully produced, as you can always expect from this band. The sound is much more accessible this time.

The album opens with an instrumental that showcases prog star Fripp on guitar and atmospherics. The introductory riff is feeble, out of place, does not bring any emotions, but the electric guitars that complement it carry much more energy and are very welcome. After an ambient avant-garde moment, a burst of dissonant electric guitars appears out of nowhere and is the highlight of the album for me. Unfortunately, that dumb guitar lick of the beginning resurfaces later.

Normal is really a different and longer version of Sentimental with the same chorus and similar melodies and lyrics at parts. It suffers from being long, carries a ridiculously out of place metal part, and has half of the magic Sentimental had. It's good, but Sentimental was amazing. Cheating the Polygraph for some reason sounds great but nothing new. Mellow atmospherics, hard rock riffs, and distorted vocals like usual.

What happens Now bring back the tribal percussion of Waiting pt2 from their earlier psychedelic period and sounds like a mixture of the atmosphere of Signify and the heavy edge of the Porcupine Tree of now. It slowly grows into a familiar riff from their latest studio album, which seamlessly transform into a different riff that ultimately explodes in a similar fashion to the electric guitar explosion of the opening track.

I think this is recommended for the fans as the band didn't stop making good music. Actually, I'll add a half star as the songs are a pleasure to hear.

Zitro | 3/5 |


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