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Porcupine Tree


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3 stars Nil Recurring is a nice EP follow-up to the full length release Fear Of A Blank Planet. The big question is whether it should have been released as a stand alone release?

I definitely think so because although the 50 minute studio album can be considered short it could keep my attention for the entire duration of its running time. By this I mean that there wasn't really much need to add another couple of tracks to the mix. This short EP was originally only obtainable through the band's online store and concert performances but eventually received a broader release. It was definitely a welcoming addition for the increasing fanbase.

The EP's title track features a second collaboration with King Crimson member Robert Fripp who adds his surprisingly unrecognizable guitar touches to the performance. For everyone who is already familiar with the preceding album will recognize Normal as a different much longer take of Sentimental.

The only performance that I don't care much for comes in the form of the composition titled Cheating The Polygraph. Surprisingly enough this track was the closest to be actually released as a part of the full length album since it was performed as a part of the set during the early performances of the complete yet untitled new album that the band unveiled to their fans in 2006. Later this composition was removed in favor of the Robert Fripp collaboration Way Out Of Here.

The band have officially stated that these performances didn't make it to the full length album due to their inferiority to the rest of the material and because of the proposed 50 minute play time restraint. Personally I don't consider it to be the case and consider these tracks just as great as most of what Fear Of A Blank Planet has to offer.

**** star songs: Nil Recurring (6:08) Normal (7:09) What Happens Now? (8:23)

*** star songs: Cheating The Polygraph (7:10)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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