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THE INCIDENT

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

3.71 | 1169 ratings

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stewe
5 stars Porcupine Tree's latest album accompanied my life and its twists for last one and half month and helped to seize and remember its impressions. I think this can speak for itself. Wilson and company again created piece of music that goes deeply to the core of the human soul and leaves such feedback. Nearly as great as Fear of a Blank Planet, yet a lot different.

Starting with Occam's Razor / The Blind House, mid-tempo, with low-tuned agressive guitars and brooding melancholy of Wilson's voice, supported with Barbieri's inventive arsenal creating atmosphere causing shivers and precise rhythm section. Gavin Harrison leaves me speechless since first moments. Such virtuosity and creativity yet never goes over the top, all time there is space for breathing. Majestic acoustic guitar/electric solo miniature of Great Expectations turns into solitary, pensive piano tones of Kneel and Disconnect.

Drawing the Line dominates subtle verse with cool Harrison's playing and refrain making one jumping up. Title track (reminding a bit Way out of Here) is hallucinogennic, harder to get into - but the bigger is reward of it. And its lyrics, very personal seems to me. Yellow Windows of Evening Train is interlude of Barbieri's light soundwalls and glockenspiels, causing goose-bumps, carrying to another world. Centerpiece of the album, Time Flies, its lyrical message and all the nostalgy made of slight Pink Floyd (Dogs/Sheep) influence, the flow and perfect build-up - all it means highlight of The Incident.

Another stand-out Octane Twisted, represents the most amazing instrumental part of the album, with guitar screaming that really hurts agreeably. And rhythm section - of out of the chains here, insane, but still cohesive. I have to mention also the last song I Drive the Hearse, moment to cry and sing along. Track is ended with soaring solo and fade out.

Second disc holds up the high standards. Flicker is great mysterious and melodic tune while Bonnie the Cat represents creepy and ominous contrast with some odd rhythms. Black Dahlia is gloomy and melancholic ballad while Remeber me Lover is melancholic as well but with a lot of anger and great hook on refrain, sorrowful but wonderful, as only Wilson can create. Absorb it and enjoy its power!

4.5 stars rounded up.

stewe | 5/5 |

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