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ATLANTA

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

4.24 | 158 ratings

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Bligahphlarum
4 stars This is my first review, so I'm not exactly sure how to start this but here we go.

This live album is interesting because of its release time. This was released shortly after a DVD made on the same tour, so this naturally has a very similar set. But there are a few songs that make it worth it for us hardcore PT fans.

Now, if you have ever heard PT live or heard one of the live albums/DVD's you should know that they do not mess around. The sound quality of the recordings are amazing, it sounds very clear and beautiful, it sounds like you are there. The quality of songs (how they played, wasn't sure how to exactly phrase that) is, as always, amazing. They play everything just like the albums (unless of course they mean to improvise or shorten) so there should be no worry of "well I don't know how it will sound". It sounds better than any live album any band has released.

Ok, if you have the Anesthetize Red/Gray cover with the 2 CD's, then Atlanta isn't really that big of deal, its mostly the same set. The few songs that I feel make it worth it are "Even Less" (because I love that song) and most importantly, this album contains the first officially released live version of "A Smart Kid". This song is somewhat old, and its surprising that it took this long to release a live version, but it was very worth it. This is a beautiful track and the live version has all of the atmosphere you could want. This song made the entire CD worth it for me (for the record, Atlanta is only available as a download from the PT website, so there are no CD copies of it) and it should be worth it to any hardcore fan.

Another very interesting part of the set is the inclusion of older/unreleased/promo/unknown songs, such as "Dark Matter", "Drown With Me", and "Half-Light". Those are also songs that make this worth it, despite them being on Anesthetize.

The only reason I give it 4/5 stars is because the set is, in my opinion, not as good as the Anesthetize DVD/CD. It is a beautiful addition to the PT live catalog otherwise. This is also a perfect buy if you are only getting the standard Anesthetize DVD, and you want an audio only version of a show from this tour.

Bligahphlarum | 4/5 |

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