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Porcupine Tree


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The Crow
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4 stars Another excelent Porcupine Tree's album...

Lightbulb Sun was the first Porcupine Tree's album I heard... My first impression when I listened to it was the variety of the work, with some pop influences, psicodelia, folk, electronic rythms, pure rock... Really brilliant mixture of genres and feelings, with a great instrumental work. In this album, bassist Colin Edwin is over the top... The long tracks were a little weird and hard to listen to me, even when I was really accoustomed in hearing hard progressive music. But after some playings, the album grew up in me...

And after having heard a lot of Porcupine Tree releases, Lightbulb Sun is maybe not the best, but it's still great... Poppier, not so heavy like In Absentia or Deadwing, and not so psychedelic like Up the Downstairs and The Sky Moves Sideways, with many mellow tracks, this is a pleasant album, with a lot of good ideas good accomplished. Not so brilliant and innovative like some previous and later Steve Wilson's works, but it deserves a good hearing. Maybe is the most commercial PT's release I've heard...

Best Tracks: Lightbulb Sun (great opening, with a superb bass line and a great riff...), Shesmovedown (definitely the best track of the album, and one of the best short Porcupine Tree's songs... Hypnotic and beautiful), The Rest Will Flow (good pop song), Where we would be (impressive and innovative guitar solo) and Russia on Ice (maybe not one of the best Porcupine's long track, but's still nice...)

Conclusion: mellow and shining Porcupine Tree, not so dark like other albums, and definitely not so heavy like their last stage. Some tracks like Four Chords that made a Million make this album a bit irregular, but the usual quality of every Steve Wilson's release is here. Maybe is the most accesible Porcupine Tree's album, but in my opinión, there are better choices to start with, beacuse Lightbulb Sun is not really a faithful summary of their style... But if you like Porcupine Tree in their softer face anyway, this is your album.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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