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INSURGENTES

Steven Wilson

 

Crossover Prog

3.84 | 651 ratings

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Zitro
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4 stars An excellent and diverse album from Porcupine Tree's frontman and sound engineer.

This album is not a natural progression from Porcupine Tree's "Fear of a Blank Planet". Fortunately, he decided to experiment and try doing different things. However, this is Wilson we are talking about and you will expect many Porcupine Tree influences despite the experimentation within this album. You can also notice the always excellent sound engineering, but I believe that it is better than ever in "Insurgentes".

The first difference between this album and a modern Porcupine Tree album is the abundance of average-lengthed tracks. Another difference is that it completely avoids using the heavy metal passages that were present since the "In Absencia" album.

While the diverse nature of the album might make you think that this album plays incoherently track thru track, it does not flow badly at all. I believe it flows better than in their concept album "Fear of a Blank Planet".

The first track, which is not only the single but also the song shown in this website, is not very representative of the album. It is a stereotypical mid-tempo Porcupine Tree song that could fit in their "Deadwing" album. It works pretty well, but that feeling of "been there, done that" hurts its impact.

"Abandoner" is much different, using a bit of electronica, psychedelic acoustic guitars and an overwhelming passage that experiments with guitar drones. I believe it is excellent and is used in a different way in the heavier and more progressive "Salvaging" and it borders on white noise at the end of the "Get All You Deserve" track. "Get All You Deserve" is one of the most memorable moments of the album, with piano and fragile falsetto vocals build up to carefully constructed noise until it is very suffocating.

You also got another highlight with the "No Twilight" song. It is a King Crimson influenced tune with a heavy emphasis on an oddly-timed bass line by Tony Levin that sometimes is played by the electric guitar instead. Soloing is an important aspect of the song and you will be surprised that Jordan Rudess is the one playing the piano.

On the other hand, you have the melodic side with the great half-ballad "Significant Other" or the piano-driven title track. You also have more restrained, atmospheric and ambient songs like the Sky Moves Sideways-influenced "Veneno Para Las Hadas" and "Twilight Coda". To make the album even more varied, "Only Child" is an alternative rock song with grunge elements.

Overall, this album exceeded my expectations. The sound engineering is some of the best I have ever heard, the songwriting is inspired, the musicianship is excellent, and the music is quite emotional and moody. Frankly, it is better than the average Porcupine Tree album.

Zitro | 4/5 |

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