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SIGNIFY

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

3.81 | 848 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 4.5 stars.

Porcupine Tree continue with their psych prog style, started with the debut "On the Sunday Of Life...", and ended with "Lightbulb Sun". "Signify" is the album that stands exactly in the middle of all this period's albums. It is possibly the most experimental album (Not counting the debut and The Sky Moves Sideways), due to all the instrumental tracks, which are around half of all the tracks.

After the very interesting intro, the title track kicks in, with a very simple guitar riff accompanied by synths, keyboards and other electronics. A great song though, very different from all the other PT songs so far.

"Sleep Of No Dreaming" is a fascinating song, interesting more than catchy, mainly because there is a great mixture of melody with spacey elements (although not like Eloy's "Ocean" at all), even though the electronic sounds prevail upon the melody.

After the brief "Pagan", we have the two "Waiting" parts, both similar, calm and mellow, although the first part is more melodic and features vocals, while part two is an instrumental piece, more spacey than the other one.

"Sever" is probably the most mysterious song here, with creepy effects and fantastic vocals by SW. Love it.

"Idiot Prayer" is easily my favorite instrumental song off this album. The heavy use of synths and keyboards don't really annoy me at all, like usually many dance songs do. I'm not saying this is a a dance song, but it is a little more enlivened in a way and in some parts.

"Every Home Is Wired" is another mellow and spacey song featuring vocals. here isn't really anything else to say about this song, as it's structure is similar to previous songs.

"Intermediate Jesus" is kind of boring in some moments, even because it's repetitive. Definitely not PT at their highest point.

After the weird and creepy "Light Mass Prayers", we have "Dark Matter", the longest track of the album. Very mellow, spacey, like all the other songs, but this one is more relaxing, a little more down-to- earth. Isn't bad at all.

A really good album to sum up, I particularly recommend to PT fans and whoever wants to hear their early works, for a change.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |

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