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Porcupine Tree


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3 stars Porcupine Tree - 'Lazarus EP' 3 stars

A great 3 tracks to be put out for a snack.

This is one of Porcupine Tree's finer EP's.featuring the exquisite 'Lazarus' track from the brilliant Deadwing album along with two b-side tracks which are 'So Called Friend' and 'Half-Light'.

'Lazarus' is a radio edit from the original piece featured on the Deadwing album. It is just a shorter version, not missing any key pieces or things that made the track so special. It is much of the same brilliance as the original.

'So Called Friend' is an excellent track that could have contended with any of the hard rock tracks on Deadwing. I get the impression that this single track inspired the band Abigail's Ghost and their entire sound for their debut album 'Selling Insecurities'. I would highly recommend that to PT fans, I found it to be a great album. Anyways, this track is a pretty odd one in PT's collection. It has a consistent metal riff going throughout with some new vocal work in PT's repertoire. The chorus is a great one which really sticks out due to a significant contrast of the verse make up as it is a very saddening one.

'Half-Light' was supposed to be the ending for Deadwing, but was replaced by 'Glass Arm Shattering'. Either one could have suited the ending to the gem of an album. This one is another odd song. All of the instrumentation including voice is light and constrained. It is an extremely slow paced track with some deep emotion in voice and atmosphere.

This EP is a good supplement to the actual album. I just wish there were more b-sides in the Deadwing sessions; everything just clicked for me in this period.

ProgBagel | 3/5 |


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