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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.00 | 1329 ratings

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5 stars Make no mistake Progies. THIS IS NOT POP. This is one of those rare (but growingly plentiful) albums that are so filled with rich texture, that it actually gets better with each and every listen.

Let me begin again by saying, I don't normally write reviews.

Perhaps this review is meant mainly to debunk the common misconception listeners have that this is some sort of a dimented attempt by a prog powerhouse to create pop music. Couldn't be farther from the truth. If you attempted to play this masterpeice on the pop music airwaves, you wouldn't have anything close to more followers than Jesus christ (hehehe). Pop music fans in general, just don't like this sort of thing.

Sure, wilson and company seem to utilize repetition in many of the peices (Slave called Shiver, Tinto brass, etc etc) but that's simply a proclamation of Wilson's music in general. Listen to any of his stuff, he LOVES repetition, and uses it quite well. I'll admit, I almost contrived the idea that this was too "popish" for my taste. Five years later, it's a regular listen of mine, and continues to invigorate my mind with varied degrees of depth and awe.

Let's look at the introductory track (originally written as a 14 minute delight) cut to just over 7 minutes. That in and of itself screams for pop music goers to STAY AWAY. What a masterpeice this song is, so deceptively complex with it's opening riffs. I almost wonder if many listeners put the album off after just a few short minutes witht his track, discarding it as if to discard a 'worthless' veggie burrito, who's taste may be simple and uninspired at the shell, but gives way to colors and flavor as your tongue meets the avocado.. and mexican rice, then to sour cream...mmmm o_O... a bit off topic I apologize.

My point is ladies and Gentlemen. Your really missing out on a marvelous journey lasting a virtual eternity, if you slog this as a pop album. What if you've never heard it before? Even if you HAVE heard it before. For the love of the pope, head my advice: K E E P L I S T E N I N G.

Good Luck, and GET THIS ALBUM.

-Radioswim- | 5/5 |


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