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3.24 | 66 ratings | 3 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Shesmovedon (edit) (3:50)
2. Cure for Optimism (6:13)
3. Untitled (8:52)

Total Time 18:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Wilson / vocals, guitars
- Richard Barbieri / keyboards
- Chris Maitland / drums
- Colin Edwin / bass

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PORCUPINE TREE Shesmovedon ratings distribution

(66 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

PORCUPINE TREE Shesmovedon reviews

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars My version of this CD contains two tracks namely: 1. Shesmovedon (album version) (5:19) and 2. Russia On Ice (demo version) (13:10), made in England by Snapper (2000). It seems the band has released many different CDs for this single to promote "Lightbulb Sun" album. I got this single through with a bargain price which served very good for me because I did not have yet the full album of "Lightbulb Sun". As you might have known "Shesmovedon" is an excellent track with great voice by S Wilson accompanied with acoustic guitar work and medium tempo music. While "Russia On Ice" is a very slow track but with a very good sound. The two tracks are very enjoyable especially if you enjoy good sonic quality. It will satisfy your listening pleasure if you play it outloud at your decent strereo set. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW.

Review by progaardvark
COLLABORATOR Crossover/Symphonic Teams
2 stars Shesmovedon was the second single released from Porcupine Tree's Lightbulb Sun album. It contains an edited version of Shesmovedon, which means about a minute and a half have been cut from the original song. It also contains two unreleased tracks: Cure for Optimism and Untitled. Both later appeared on Recordings in 2001. To further confuse things, Porcupine Tree also released a limited edition version (only 2,000 copies), which featured a different track listing containing the full album version of Shesmovedon and a demo version of Russia on Ice. And finally, to fully numb your mind, a 7-inch vinyl version was released which featured the edited version of Shesmovedon on side A and a song called Novak on side B. This vinyl version was only issued in a quantity of 1,000 copies.

I only have the regular release, so I feel primarily committed to only making comments about that release, but my comments probably apply to all of them. Like other singles, the full album version is usually the preferred version one should listen to. That is the case with this release. At the time of this release, the unreleased additions were beneficial for Porcupine Tree fans, but now they're available on the 2001 release of Recordings. So there really isn't any point in looking for this single, except for collectors and completionists.

I don't believe the demo version of Russia on Ice is available anywhere, but seeing that it's a demo version (and having heard demo versions from countless groups), it's probably only of interest to fans and collectors. The vinyl version is only for collectors and completionists. I don't know what Novak is, but I don't see it available anywhere else (yet) in the Porcupine Tree discography.

Primarily for collectors and fans. Others should stick with getting Lightbulb Sun or Recordings as they are more readily available. Two stars.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Shesmovedon' - Porcupine Tree (Single)

This is a well-known track from the 'Lightbulb Sun' record, as well as two B-Sides I first heard on the 'Recordings' compilation. While I have never been a big fan of the title track here (the version on 'Deadwing' is a much warmer improvement,) the two other tracks featured here make up for it, each giving a listening experience that makes one wonder why they were left off of a legitimate studio album.

'Shesmovedon' is a hook-based track that revolves around a memorable guitar riff and stunning-as-ever harmonized vocals of main man Steven Wilson. While being a good song by all standards, there is a much better version to be heard on 'Deadwing,' which robs this particular version of most of it's appeal.

The other two tracks are of more interest to me. 'Cure For Optimism' is a slow, and (as one might anticipate) melancholic track that manages to thrive almost solely on the strength of it's vocal work, acoustic warmth and a very ethereal piano ambience. 'Untitled' on the other hand, is a loose jam that manages to be incredibly enjoyable for it's jazzy and psychedelic overtones. Some might deem the track to go nowhere, but it's all about the journey, that makes this such a great track to behold.

An interesting choice of B-Sides that compliments the main single. None of these are among my favourite Porcupine Tree moments, but things are still very enjoyable here for a fan. However, if a copy of 'Recordings' is within your reach, this single becomes redundant.

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