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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

3.81 | 955 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Significant

Here's a pure prog album for you if ever there was one. Released in 1996, most people will come across this album retrospectively as Porcupine Tree's light(bulb) burns ever brighter. Their earlier works are in fact their most progressive, with the later, major label releases finding the band moving towards a slightly more mainstream sound.

The music here is quite soft and slow, almost ambient at times, but there is a depth and power too, which may not be apparent on first listen. The most accessible tracks are "Sleep of no dreaming" with it's nightmare sounding chorus, and "Waiting", which has an almost trance like rhythm.

Steve Wilson is as ever the main man in terms of performance, song writing, production, and mixing. The rest of the band do however provide a solid foundation for him to create his many beautiful soundscapes.

The album is best heard as a complete piece, although some of the tracks such as those mentioned do stand up well in isolation. This is almost a crossover album between a fusion/Canterbury sound, Pink Floyd type psychedelia, and mainstream rock.

Well worth seeking out and exploring, but as with a lot of fine music, it may take a few listens to really appreciate.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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