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Porcupine Tree


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3.67 | 1546 ratings

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4 stars I was really impatient for this album to be released. I had heard the album preview and loved every clip, so I figured this would be my favorite release of the year.

Sadly, I was slightly disappointed, but not too much. For the most part, the songs are good to excellent, with The Blind House, Time Flies, Octane Twisted, I Drive the Hearse and Bonnie the Cat being particular highlights for me. However, the 55 minute long eponymous title track (more like a loose suite) wasn't as cohesive as I hoped it would be. Rather, it plays like a string of maybe 8 songs that just happen to be gaplessly melded together. The only real hint of leitmotif lies in the introductoin Occam's Razor and Degree Zero of Liberty, and it's not an entirely intriguing melody (mostly a few blistering chords played over and over again).

While a lot of that probably sounded really negative, this album is not without it's many merits, hence the 4/5 star rating. Once again, the songs are very good, especially the ones previously mentioned. Steven Wilson really knows how to produce tracks in such a way to bring out the best in them, and it shows. And of course, the drumming of Harrison is just as tight and smooth (at once!) as ever. It's overall a smooth, enjoyable listen, just not as epic as it was initially made out to be.

However, it's without a doubt a standard Porcupine Tree release, and that's never a bad thing.

Sowilo | 4/5 |


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