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Porcupine Tree


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The Crow
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3 stars Fourth album of Steve Wilson's Porcupine Tree!

And for the first time recorded entirely as a consolidated and established band, because the three previous albums were essentially solo projects with some help of other musicians. The production also ran in charge of Steven Wilson himself and is fantastic, along with the playing of all the band members.

Sadly, I find this album a bit more inconsistent than Up the Downstairs and The Sky Moves Sideways mainly because it contains too many filler tracks and too much ambient and repetitive music for my taste. Tracks like Bornlivedie and Pagan are directly forgettable, while others like Waiting Phase 2 and Intermediate Jesus lack the strength and dynamics of the best parts of the album.

Best tracks: Signify (typical Porcupine Tree's groovy riffs), Waiting Phase 1 (pop melodies and great psychedelic sounding guitars), Sever (dark and intense) and Dark Matter (my favourite of the album, very diverse and deep)

Conclusion: despite its flaws, I think that Signify was a step in the right direction for Porcupine Tree. It contains four or five classics of the band, the production is crystal clear and the chemistry between the band members is also remarkable. And most important, this album proved that this band was here to stay.

Sadly, Signify also has too many inconsistent moments to be considered excellent, but it is nevertheless a worthy addition to any prog music collection if you like Steven Wilson's style.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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