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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

3.81 | 909 ratings

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3 stars This is an interesting PT album. For some this is the album that falls between two stools: the floydian soundscapes give way to a distinctly PT song format (waiting phase 1) which you can listen to for yourselves on the stream here.

Sever is one of the proggier tracks, but for me the rhythm is too slow and severe: I find it overwhelms the rest and makes the song drag and ... drag and ... drag and ... drag (you get the message). Every Home is wired is a stereotypical PT number: understated vocals, with passages of overlaid vocals, a mellow and engaging track. Intermediate Jesus drags and repeats but the soundscape of Light Mass Prayers soothes and eases the mood.

The album ends with Dark Matter: my favourite. There is a an emotional charge below the surface: which presents a measured calmness (the overlaid vocal enhances this effect). Occasionally the undercurrent surfaces.

This remains one of my favourite PT albums, maybe because I think it bridges the gap between the more prog elements and the more popular song format rather than falling between the stools.

Good but not essential.

obiter | 3/5 |


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