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Porcupine Tree


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4.24 | 2388 ratings

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This is a very good Porcupine Tree album. While it may sound accessible and more mainstream that most of the others, it does not mean it is bad. I wish that this kind of music would be played in the radio, since it is good enough, and beats 80% of the alt.rock on the radio.

1. Blackest Eyes 7/10 : The perfect college rock song, yet It is unknown for most people. It combines the mellow spacey beauty that the band is good at doing with heavy rock riffs.

2. Trains 8.5/10 : One of the catchiest songs from the band. It sounds like something Coldplay would write if they had better talents. It begins with a gentle, and very pretty acoustic riff, then it is imitated with electric guitar while having nice melodies and great choruses, and eventually a great guitar solo on the background. The song ends with my favourite part : an acoustic guitar solo over a catchy clapping section that is impossible to dislike

3. Lips of Ashes 7/10 : This is a mellow spacey track that reminds me of pink floyd. The singing is very nice here.

4. The Sound of Muzak 7/10 : A normal PT track with good riffs and melodies. Nothing too special though, just enjoyable.

5. Gravity Eyelids 7/10 : This is a another beautiful spacey song with hard rock riffs put in its second half. The vocal harmonies are great.

6. Wedding Nails 7/10 : This is a very hard rock song filled with many different heavy riffs all over the song. It is a very solid track.

7. Prodigal 6/10 : This is a typical good song from the band, combining hard rock riffs with their trademark keyboard embellishments in the background.

8. .3 8.5/10 : The first 2 minutes is a spacey intro, the second half is an acoustic driven piece with great vocal harmonies very common in Porcupine tree, and ends in a symphonic finale. Excellent!

9. The Creator Has a Mastertape 6.5/10 : Containing a good bass line, distorted vocals, and one of the heaviest PT guitar riffs, this song does not disappoint!

10. Heartattack in a Layby 8.5/10 : one of the mellowest tracks in the album. It contains a slow guitar line and spacey keyboard flourishes. It is dominated by some of Wilson's strongest vocals and melodies. There are many overdubbed vocal lines in hte climax of the song with amazing results.

11. Strip the Soul 5/10 : This is a track which contains unusual time signatures. It contains ambient 'strip the soul' vocal lines in the background with guitars often dominating the song. However, I find it overstays its welcome and is a bit hard to get into.

12. Collapse the Light Into Earth 6.5/10 : A pretty piano chord progression opens this song, and it is a mellow symphonic finisher of the album.

I recommend this album to anyone interested in listening to accessible good music.

My grade : C+

Zitro | 4/5 |


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