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Porcupine Tree


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3.95 | 536 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well i'll admit right now that i'm a PORCUPINE TREE fan boy. There was a reason for the "tree" on the end of Sinkadoten. Anyway this EP explores the same subject matter as "Fear Of A Blank Planet".There is something about hearing Steven Wilson singing and playing his acoustic guitar that transports me. Barbieri's synth work is for me like coming home after a long trip. It's familiar, comfortable and where I want to be. This is a powerful recording.

The title track features the Frippster leading things off(love the intro), and I like the way it builds to a nice heavy sound 1 1/2 minutes in. A calm follows 2 minutes in with deep bass and synths. A fuller sound returns 3 1/2 minutes in as drums pound with prominant synths(i'm home). Harrison is fantastic 4 1/2 minutes in. "Normal" opens with some cool sounding intricate guitar as drums beat their way in. It settles with vocals before a minute. Love the vocals with synths before 2 minutes that reminds me of the PORCUPINE TREE of old(and Sarah). Heavy outbursts after 4 1/2 minutes followed up by vocals and acoustic guitar. Nice. Cool line that is sung over and over to end it. "Wish I was old and a little sentimental, you gotta see the waves, not the wine bottles". Amen Steven.

"Cheating The Polygraph" reminds me of RUSH to start with before the vocals come in. A full heavy sound 2 minutes in. It settles back down quickly as this contrast continues. Aggressive and raw sounding guitar before 4 1/2 minutes as Harrison puts on a show. He's at it again 6 minutes in while the synths that follow are classic PT. "What Happens Now ?" is pastoral to begin with as percussion and synths lead the way before reserved vocals join in. It's building. It's brighter 4 1/2 minutes in. Heavy 5 minutes in.The guitar is great after 7 minutes.

This is a great companion EP to go with "Fear Of A Blank Planet".

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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