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LAZARUS

Porcupine Tree

 

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3.60 | 122 ratings

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progkidjoel
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4 stars Porcupine Tree - Lazarus review

By progkidjoel

To begin with, I doubt I can contribute much that hasn't already been said about this single. It was the obvious choice of a single for this album - As Steven Wilson said, "Its only once in a while I can write a happy song, and when I do, I usually make it the single". Its obvious that is what he did with Lazarus, but the results are incredibly pleasing, none-the-less. This is a perfect single for DEADWING - a quality (although poppy) song, which gives the listener a small (although poppy) taste of what this great band can do. The other two tracks on this single make it worth a purchase - The first features a great riff and memorable lyrics, where as "Half- Light" is much more relaxed and obvious in comparison to the previous. As this is a single, its in no way essential for a listener - I wouldn't even recommend buying it since DEADWING is readily available now.

1. Lazarus

This is a great pop tune, featuring soft piano and guitar work, accompanying great vocals and lyrics. A smooth build-up gives this song a lot more structure than the average ballad, and gives this an overall comforting feel. You need only to see the mass of video covers on the internet to understand how big this song went - It debatably gave this band their break. (And many of their album sales)

4.5 out of 5.

2.So Called Friend

A very solid song, this track makes this CD worth a purchase for the Porcupine Tree for the completionist. Much heavier than Lazarus, this features some nice guitar work and rhythms. A fair bit darker, this is much more prog than Lazarus, and in my opinion, is much better of for it.

4.75 out of 5.

3. Half-Light

A much softer track, this opens with nature sounds (similar to those of YES' "Close To The Edge") and closes in the same fashion. Nice piano work and soft vocals lead this track, and eventually, even softer percussion. A good track, but nothing special.

3 out of 5.

This is a solid Single/EP, but not worth paying loads for or searching for, unless you are a PT completionist.

Until next time! -Joel

progkidjoel | 4/5 |

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