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STUPID DREAM

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

3.97 | 1229 ratings

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poito
3 stars 3.8

The first track 'Even Less' indicated something had changed in PT making music. The Floydian air is infiltrated by harder rock jiffs, and the guitar work is more committed with composition instead of just creating atmospheres. Wilson is not a virtuoso, okay, but since the last PT studio release in 96, he has learnt to play his guitar and takes some good ideas out of it. The themes gained punch, and with it, the audience came in. The structure of the themes is worked independently, as they now may stand alone, which makes them more accessible to occasional listening and there is no need to listen to the whole album in order to take something home. Also, there is plenty of room for the bandmates to help in the building of the sound. That was essential for the gained strength: let others do what you can't. This can be appreciated in the track 'Slave Called Shiver', a nice example of PT's new direction, a track that is both attending the old fans and calling up for new rockier lads. Of course there is still room for atmospheres, as in 'Don't Hate Me', which as usual bore the shocks off. I know, I know. There is a public for everything. An overall acceptable album, but it leaves one with that sensation they could have done much better. Four stars is a bit too much, it doesn't compare to many 4-stars by the less known competitors, but yes, it is close, several tracks are good additions to anyone's disc-shelf. 'Stranger by the Minute' and 'This is no rehearsal' are also nice easy-listening themes. Maybe that is one of the problems, too much easy listening music.

poito | 3/5 |

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