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XMII

Porcupine Tree

 

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4.04 | 123 ratings

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evenless
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5 stars "XM" from 2003 was really good, but I thing "XM II" recorded in 2005 is even better!

Just like its predecessor "XM II" was recorded live, but without the "disturbing" audience at the XM Studio's in Washington.

1.Shesmovedon (5:09)

This is one of my favourite PT tracks from the Lightbulb Sun album together with "Russia On Ice" and "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth." which are all present on this live recordeing!

2. Fadeaway (5:18)

Fadeway was originally sung by SW on the1993 "Up The Downstair" album, but now even more beautiful with John Wesley singing. WOW! Superb!

3. Trains (5:30)

The track "Trains" from "In Absentia" is always nice to play in an acoustic session.

4. Hatesong (8:29)

Also from the "Lightbulb Sun" album and played with surgical precision, like any song on XM II however.

5. Pure Narcotic (5:10)

From the famous 1999 "Stupid Dream" album, another nice track.

6. Russia on Ice (12:04)

Probably my favourite track from "Lightbulb Sun" because of its complexity and ability to make 1 song out of 2. Or should I say blend 2 songs into 1? When you think the song is about to finish it completely takes another direction like it's transforming into another song. This was a big surprise for me when I heard it the first time and I think it is great and almost a PORCUPINE TREE trademark. There are only musical rules to break them and do something completely opposite. Very well done!

7. Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recycled (4:57)

The thing that intrigued me most about this song is that you actually hear the voice of the leader of the Heaven's Gate religious cult Doe. This U.S. cult believed they were from another planet only visiting earth. In order to return to their own dimension "before the planet earth was recycled" they committed mass suicide. The words are taken from a video they made before killing themselves to explain to the rest of the world why they had done it. Quite eerie that the guy who's talking so nice and clearly made others commit suicide because he made them believe "his story".

8. Feel So Low (3:51)

Another nice track from the "Lightbulb Sun" album.

This album is certainly a MUST HAVE for all fans of PORCUPINE TREE, but also a very nice introduction to the band for the ones who don't really know them yet. I think in the near future it will become a collectible CD just like "XM" because to my knowledge it was only pressed as a limited edition.

Go get one copy immediately if you still can!

evenless | 5/5 |

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