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Porcupine Tree


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3.32 | 96 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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2 stars The other side of Signify

The Insignificance EP was released shortly after its album counterpart Signify and stands as a nice peak at the album's origins. These days the album is fairly easy to find thanks to it now being tied to Signify as a package deal, a second disc that comes with every remaster. Quite frankly, it's good for a few listens at varied intervals, but it's not anything to get overly excited about. While other EPs released by Porcupine Tree have been very valuable indeed, (see the wonderful Staircase Infinities) this one stands to be mostly unforgettable and passable. Fans will get a kick out of hearing some of the songs in their demo form such as the splendid instrumental Signify, here presented as a more acoustic and less pounding version of itself paired with an extension to the song called Hallogallo.

Other songs on the EP are a mixture of original cuts that didn't make it to the album and further demos. Wake As Gun I and II are a pair of singer/songwriter feeling songs that are heavy on the acoustic guitar and not much else. A song that could have become something pretty cool if fleshed out, but here is presented raw. Waiting comes off as pretty close to the original, if not as long and with a less impressive jam session at the end of the track, and the same can be said for Sever Tomorrow, which is a pretty close variation off of Sever from the album. The final track is an acoustic cut of Nine Cats from the band's early days, and it still stands as pleasant, but without the finished effects it's not as ethereal as the album version which made it so great to listen to.

Overall this is an album for the fans. People who want to see the origins of the album that became the turning point for one of today's biggest progressive rock groups. A pleasant listen every once in a while, but not worth going out and hunting down the original tape of the album unless you absolutely must have everything created by Steven Wilson. 2.5 stars, fans and collectors only, anyone else who is interested in the band are better off getting the finished product.

Queen By-Tor | 2/5 |


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