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STUPID DREAM

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

3.98 | 976 ratings

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The Prognaut
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3 stars PORCUPINE TREE is without doubt one of the bands that have given a renewed impulse to prog rock in the 90's. Multi instrumentalist Steve WILSON has also collaborated with great artists like MARILLION and FISH. This the kind of band that has propitiated a change and an evolution inside prog rock or whatever that means.

By the end of 1998, PORCUPINE TREE had already reached a status that demanded of more resources in order to promote their album to come properly. "Delirium Records" starts to unfit the band, because it didn't have the financial solvency necessary to support and to launch their next production, singles, video and all the paraphernalia that is needed to be made in order to access a higher level of audience.

"Stupid Dream" picks up from the realized in "Signify", but with a more underlined tendency that consisted in including short songs, constituting undoubtedly the most commercial album of the band so far even when it doesn't renounce to the key elements of the productions from the past. With this album Steve WILSON tries to explore and develop his skills as songwriter and singer, more that just and arranger.

In "Stupid Dream" WILSON writes about himself, his insecurities, about the stupid dream of being a rock star and the sense of unknowing the higher price this implies and the repetitive disillusions it brings along.

This album certainly contributes with some brilliant moments, but it also uncovers the mask to reveal a doubtful prog rock production. Although WILSON recognizes he has no problem about being labeled as prog rock or not because he only cares about the innovative music, opened to all styles and possible horizons; I have to add that the deep consideration of prog rock is creating that kind of music that leads to a real progresses. The real sense of prog rock.

The Prognaut | 3/5 |

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