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Porcupine Tree


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3.85 | 1364 ratings

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5 stars Signify is the first PT album where the whole band actually is featured. It's the most track and vocal oriented, although more than 50 % of the tracks are instrumentals and there is many short interludes. It is the last album of the so called psychedelic phase of PT music. It's not better than the masterpiece The Sky Moves Sideways, but still incredibly good and underrated (3.77! What the hell?!).

The music here is even darker than on previous PT albums, and a bit more versatile. Most of the songs are instant masterpieces but the album lacks the flow and concept elements of TSMS. The highlights here are the catchy Waiting Phase 1 and the ambient Phase 2, the trippy Intermediate Jesus and Idiot Prayer, and the classics Sever and Dark Matter. There are no weak tracks here, only perhaps the title track wich suffers from and unpleasant guitar tone, but is a fantastic live number, as proved on Coma Divine and Warszawa. This album also contains the only PT track that does not have a SW writing credit (the ambient "Light Mass Prayer", written by drummer Chris Mailand). I just thought that it needed to be pointed out.

It may be unnecessary to point out, but production is professional and perfect, as on all PT albums. The album fully deserves a 5 star rating, even if it's slightly less awesome than TSMS. A must have for fans of trippy, psychedelic prog, and PT fans.

Remember to get the 2 disc version if you are going to buy it. The second disc features demos and outtakes from the Signify sessions, with some really good tracks and interesting demo versions.

idiotPrayer | 5/5 |


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