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Porcupine Tree


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4 stars Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring 4 stars

Can you recur again, one last time?

This is a collection of B-side tracks to the album 'Fear of a Blank Planet'. Each song on here is considerably different, but keeps a similar tone overall. The guitar is usually distorted with some chorus effects put in and seems to be the real driving piece of this EP. The bass and effects are thrown way in the back, not even really having a defining presence. In other words, this is really a new sound.

The title track serves as a simply structured instrumental intro with the guitar dominating on primarily rhythm work. Robert Fripp is a guest on this track and provides some nice backing. 'Normal' is one of the best tracks among Porcupine Tree's work. A very tough acoustic intro is played followed by a heavier rendition of it. The 'Sentimental' chorus is all thrown in, showing its tie to the album. Following this is one of Wilson's best chord work on the acoustic guitar followed by a massive amount of vocal melodies. 'Cheating the Polygraph' is a growing track. It really hit me on the personal level. Started off with Gavin's signature dynamic and tom work, followed by Wilson hitting a fuzzed and delayed chord every measure with some haunting lyrics really creates the atmosphere of the song. Some good parts follow this main course like some jams and solo's. 'What Happens Now' is a great closing track. The vocals dominate the beginning of this track. The drums once again last the whole track, but towards the middle this song turns into Porcupine Tree's typical wonderful jams.

This is one of my favorite EP's. It is clearly a step above most artists entire albums. I just hope PT can put their next album up with a sound similar to this. Wilson, always the progresser.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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