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Porcupine Tree


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"Metanoia" contains mainly improvised instrumental jams and is quite different from most of Porcupine Tree's other releases. This is without doubt one of my favorite releasese by Porcupine Tree, if not THE favorite. This is not because it is different from other Porcupine Tree releases or anything like that. It is simply because there is nothing quite as satisfying as hearing a group of very talented musicians jamming and improvising - creating music on the spot.

The "Mesmer" trilogy is absolutely amazing with its driving rhythm section and atmospheric guitar and keyboards creating a very interesing tension. There's an amazing guitar solo on "Mesmer II", and one the chatter in the beginning of "Mesmer III/Coma Divine" ceases and the music kicks in, the listener is taken on a fantastically mellow musical journey. "Door to the River" and the first part of "Metanoia/Intermediate Jesus" are beautiful soundscapes - the latter progressing from an atmospheric soundscape into a jam dominated by driving bass and drums. "Insignificance " and "Metanoia II" have a wonderfull jazz fusion quality to them, probably brought about by the bass patterns, and there's also some really nice funky guitar playing on "Metanoia II".

I think that people who enjoy freeform and jazz fusion would appreciate this album, and Porcupine Tree fans ought to appreciate this album because these amazing jam sessions really show the amazing talent and musical prowess that is the essence of Porcupine Tree. Fans of King Crimson and similar classic prog acts might also like this album.

Time Signature | 5/5 |


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