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Porcupine Tree


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3.04 | 974 ratings

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1 stars I nearly had a heart attack when I listened to this.

I've become an instant fan of Porcupine Tree and they're one of my favourite band of all time. So before we go in-depth I have to stress that I absolutely adore the band.

But this record (and it probably isn't even fair to review this, since it's just very very early material from the late eighties / early nineties pulled from tapes) is cringeworthy.

It's pretty much a sprawling mess. I thought I was going to get 18 decent songs from the PT early days, but it turns out that most of them are ambient filler, which only leaves around 8 songs, none of them particularly good. Some of it sounds like 80's synth-pop, think (I can't believe I'm saying this) Boy George.

Steven Wilsons voice is a lot higher as this is a compilation of the first PT songs, before they actually had a line up. A couple of the tracks have his voice on a synth, and it's just horrible. I realise that this is really early stuff that was pretty much a joke, even to Steven Wilson, and just a little fun, I really don't think this album deserves the Porcupine Tree name on the cover. It's really that bad. You won't know what you're in for until you buy it (which I suggest you don't, even if you're a really big fan of Porcupine Tree's later work, like me) but it sounds nothing like what the band have fabricated themselves into today.

Definetely not a good starting point for anyone listening to Porcupine Tree. I would reccomend their later masterpieces, such as "Deadwing", "In Absentia" and Stupid Dream. "The Sky Moves Sideways" is also fantastic for anyone wanting to explore the more experimental side of the band.

There are only a couple of good songs on here, like "Radioactive Toy" and "Nine Cats", which are available on their "Stars Die" collection.

Avoid. Seriously.

ProgStage | 1/5 |


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