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IN ABSENTIA

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

4.25 | 2555 ratings

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Ghandi 2
3 stars This album screams and implores: EDIT ME!

Seriously, there is a lot of good music here. Wilson noticed this, and decided to repeat said good music. A lot. He's talented at everything he does, but somebody else really should be editing his albums.

Very few songs do not grossly overstay their welcome. As a result, this album is far too long; if PT had edited this down to around 45 minutes, then this would probably be a 5 star album. But they didn't, and it's not. Judging also from parts of The Sky Moves Sideways, concise is word that Steve Wilson needs to learn and take to heart.

Prodigal and Trains are the standout songs, although none of them are actually bad. I think the best example of how stretched this album is is Wedding Nails. This song is essentially 2 riffs, but it's over six minutes long. Hm. If I really wanted to hear that riff again, I'd listen to the album again! Strip the Soul is also not good in this regard; I only listen to the beginning because if I listen any longer I get the urge to shout at Wilson, "Stop playing that riff already!"

Overall, it is a good album for those who like space-rock with a metal edge (more than just an edge actually; almost every song has a metal-ish solo in it at some point, and Strip The Soul and The Creator Had A Mastertape are essentially metal songs) and would like to explore PT: just be ready to sit through some very excessive repetition or hit the skip button. I wish I could get Steve Wilson to be forced to produce an album that is under 45 minutes, like the old vynils. Then I think we would we see a true masterpiece from this talented performer.

Ghandi 2 | 3/5 |

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