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Porcupine Tree


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4.06 | 1269 ratings

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4 stars The Sky Moves Sideways was the first album by Porcupine Tree to break away from the solo efforts of the previous two albums, and it definitely shows.

The title track opens and closes the album, which is very similar to Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. The song itself takes many listens in order to appreciate it. Not only Steven Wilson, but Richard Barbieri (keyboards/synths), Colin Edwin (bass), and Chris Maitland (drums) also show off their skill and talent. While the song is divided into part one and two, they are subdivided into even more parts. Part one opens up with "The Colour of the Air" which starts off with Richard's synths which leads into the band members giving us a space rock jam. "I Find that I'm not There" is the only section in the entire song which features vocals. "Wire that Drum" is an almost apocalyptic sounding piece. Part one concludes with "Spiral Circus", a wonderful piece with a simple acoustic guitar and synths. Part Two begins with Is Not...., which is a more powerful piece while "Off the Map" concludes with a quiet apocalyptic sound.

Stars Die is a fantastic piece with a hint of jazz and Prepare Yourself is a fine instrumental that prepares you for the album's finale. Moonloop is an instrumental jam that can best be described as a miniature version of the title track.

The two tracks that bring this album down from five to four stars are the two tracks done entirely by Wilson himself: Dislocated Day and The Moon Touches Your Shoulder. The former is a more energetic piece but is forgettable. TMTYS is a more quiet piece, but like the former, it is rather forgettable. The live version of TMTYS off of Coma Divine is far better than the studio version.

For fans of Pink Floyd and space rock, this album is great. To those looking to get into Porcupine Tree, try In Absentia or Stupid Dream instead, then check this album out.

thesleeper72 | 4/5 |


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