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SIGNIFY

Porcupine Tree

 

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3.83 | 1086 ratings

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poito
4 stars 3.5-3.8 This is the first adult album by the Wilson's PT. It took a while to get rid of the Pink Floyd obsession and start taking risks. Finally, a well-crafted album from start to end. Even if their known influences are not gone, PT moves ahead and takes a direction that will lead them somewhere. Sorry floydians. The rocking base in the first track already indicated something had changed; it isn't just the faster pace than Wilson used in earlier releases, but the sign that he is going to do something different. And indeed, the album contains quite a few ideas, some even new, but even those that aren't are well combined and executed with certain personality. It is a different band! IMHO this album is underrated compared to the former THE SKY MOVES SIDEWAYS, which I found rather boring and scarce of ideas. Here, even the Floydian guitar riffs are daring. The music sounds full, round, and though the composition does not get an extraordinary complexity -simplicity is the signature for these bands- I smell there is a whole lot of work, even in the dreamy interludes which are still too long, but they were unbearable noise in early releases. Drums are finally in place, the bass does some work for the group, and the background synths are not the focus of attention but layers to write on top, as it should be. "Waiting phase One and Two" are both interesting, mostly the guitar work; it seems Wilson is finally used to the instrument and he dares to go beyond Gilmour, who never was a phenomenon, by the way. Also I liked the simple but effective "Idiot Prayer". The most accomplished theme is the closing track "Dark Matter", a floydian with nice guitars. Globally, I think it is a good album, and even if themes are still not to stand by themselves the whole stuff is a nice experience to listen in a row. It is not spectacular, but it is on the way.
poito | 4/5 |

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