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PORCUPINE TREE

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Porcupine Tree biography
Formed in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire - Suspended activity since 2010

PORCUPINE TREE are incredibly hard to describe because their music doesn't fit into any one genre. I like the description on the back of the album "Signify" (one of my all time favorites). It says "Porcupine Tree have managed to defy genres and blend together numerous ambient, rock and avant-garde styles to create a musical landscape that is both refreshing and compulsively seductive". The great post-GONG revival which gave birth to OZRIC TENTACLES now brings us PORCUPINE TREE. The hypnotic rhythms, spacy synthesizers, glissando guitar and crazy voices which made the style successful are all contained here.

⭐ Collaborators Top Prog Album of 2007 ⭐

The band started as a solo project of singer-songwriter-guitarist STEVEN WILSON who, back in the early nineties, released a series of increasingly spaced-out ambient excursions. PT is one of the most innovative bands in prog today combining intense musicianship, unconventional composition and superb studio production. They are unquestionably one of the UK's most inspired and inventive rock groups.

The bands 4th studio album from '96. "Signify" saw Porcupine Tree truly gell as a studio band producing a blend of psychedelia, heavy rock, melancholic pop, kraut rock, and wild experimentation that brought the best out of each band member. Their latest two albums ("Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun") move the band further away from their influences and into their own catagory, by which other bands eventually will be compared. But if you are a fan of progressive, thoughtful, briliantly executed and flawlessly produced music, you will do no better than PT.

PORCUPINE TREE's eighth studio album, "Deadwing", was released in March 2005 by Lava Records / Warner Music. Less rock-oriented than the previous album "In Absentia", "Deadwing" is partially based on a "surreal ghost story" screenplay written by Steven and sometime PORCUPINE TREE / NO-MAN art collaborator Mike Bennion. The 60-minute, nine-track album contains material varying from short airplay-friendly songs such as 'Shallow' to lengthier pieces like the 10-minute-plus 'Arriving Somewhere But Not Here'. Most of the music was written by Steven but the album features the largest amount of full-band com...
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PORCUPINE TREE discography


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PORCUPINE TREE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.03 | 796 ratings
On The Sunday Of Life.....
1991
3.90 | 928 ratings
Up The Downstair
1993
4.06 | 1256 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995
3.83 | 1127 ratings
Signify
1996
3.98 | 1264 ratings
Stupid Dream
1999
4.03 | 1413 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
2000
4.24 | 2364 ratings
In Absentia
2002
4.10 | 1905 ratings
Deadwing
2005
4.25 | 2408 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007
3.66 | 1468 ratings
The Incident
2009

PORCUPINE TREE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.44 | 443 ratings
Coma Divine
1997
3.71 | 89 ratings
Spiral Circus Live (LP)
1997
3.69 | 141 ratings
XM
2003
3.38 | 16 ratings
Live in Poland
2003
3.93 | 307 ratings
Warszawa
2004
4.02 | 147 ratings
XMII
2005
4.21 | 165 ratings
Rockpalast
2005
4.47 | 195 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
3.44 | 238 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
2008
3.65 | 129 ratings
Ilosaarirock
2009
4.23 | 199 ratings
Atlanta
2010
3.56 | 201 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

PORCUPINE TREE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 524 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
4.66 | 541 ratings
Anesthetize
2010
4.15 | 80 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

PORCUPINE TREE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.57 | 119 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994
3.26 | 375 ratings
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
2000
4.19 | 368 ratings
Recordings
2001
4.22 | 259 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 -1997
2002
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Delerium Years 1994 - 1997
2016
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Delerium Years 1991-1993
2017

PORCUPINE TREE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.48 | 64 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (K7)
1989
3.21 | 53 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini (K7)
1990
3.00 | 45 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory (K7)
1991
3.34 | 29 ratings
Radioactive E. P.
1992
3.72 | 114 ratings
Voyage 34
1992
2.92 | 54 ratings
Voyage 34 : Remixes
1993
3.30 | 67 ratings
Moonloop E.P.
1994
3.82 | 180 ratings
Staircase Infinities
1994
3.69 | 51 ratings
Waiting
1996
3.31 | 91 ratings
Insignificance (K7)
1997
4.04 | 34 ratings
Ambulance Chasers
1997
2.90 | 48 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
1999
2.90 | 51 ratings
Piano Lessons
1999
2.97 | 54 ratings
Pure Narcotic
1999
3.79 | 20 ratings
Coma Divine II
1999
4.00 | 35 ratings
Stars Die - Rare and Unreleased
1999
3.38 | 8 ratings
The Rest Will Flow
2000
3.08 | 65 ratings
4 Chords That Made A Million
2000
3.25 | 60 ratings
Shesmovedon
2000
4.08 | 106 ratings
Transmission IV
2001
2.97 | 212 ratings
Metanoia
2001
4.31 | 16 ratings
Blackest Eyes
2002
4.33 | 15 ratings
The Sound Of Muzak
2002
4.60 | 15 ratings
Trains
2003
3.67 | 33 ratings
Delerium EP
2003
3.47 | 148 ratings
Futile
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Men of Wood
2004
3.60 | 121 ratings
Lazarus
2005
3.67 | 12 ratings
Shallow
2005
3.55 | 11 ratings
So Called Friend
2006
3.89 | 9 ratings
Way Out Of Here
2007
3.91 | 11 ratings
Normal
2007
3.80 | 10 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet (Single)
2007
3.93 | 473 ratings
Nil Recurring
2007
2.93 | 6 ratings
Novak
2008
2.72 | 65 ratings
Time Flies
2009
3.96 | 68 ratings
Transmission 10.1 - Ilosaarirock
2009
3.86 | 7 ratings
Acoustic Session Jan 2010
2010

PORCUPINE TREE Reviews


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 Up The Downstair by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.90 | 928 ratings

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Up The Downstair
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Up the Downstair" is the 2nd official studio full LP release from Porcupine Tree, or in reality, it was mostly all Steven Wilson. It is a vast improvement from the debut album "On the Sunday of Life" because that album was a culmination of prior tracks from demo sessions and the like. This one is so much better produced and the songs are so much more mature.

This album was originally supposed to be a double album which was to include "Voyage 34", a psychedelic mostly instrumental track which was to take up the entire 2nd disc. It was decided to leave that track off, however, it was released separately after. In my opinion, adding that disc-long track would have taken away from this album. The album has been re- mastered a few times. In 2004, the electronic drums from the original recordings were removed and Gavin Harris, who would later become the full time drummer for the band, completely redid the drums, and this improved the overall sound immensely.

As I said earlier, Steven Wilson performed almost all of the instruments on this release. The only exceptions are on "Always Never" where the bass is performed by future member Colin Edwin and the electronics on "Up the Downstair" which is performed by future member Richard Barbieri. Also, if you get the 2004 edition, which I suggest, then Gavin Harris performs all of the drums. Alan Duffy, who worked with Wilson several times before this album, also co-wrote several of the tracks.

After the short psychedelic introduction of "What You Are Listening To?" you immediately hear the great improvement on "Synesthesia". Wilson's vocals have improved and so has the overall sound in this upbeat track which is somewhat similar to a Pink Floyd vibe. You will hear that influence, along with some Ozric Tentacles influence throughout this album. There is a lot of keyboard and electronics, but there is also a lot more excellent guitar solos on this album. It also retains a lot of the psychedelic feel of the debut album, but it sounds so much better and current. Another short transition track follows and then we get the excellent "Always Never" which continues with this excellent music and features another great guitar solo.

"Up the Downstair" is a 10 minute instrumental. You hear shades of that psychedelic sound that you hear in "Voyage 34" and "The Sky Moves Sideways", but in a much more condensed form, and this track also moves along at a much better pace. The guitar riffs in this, which interrupt the floating keyboard passages a few times, are simply awesome. This is an excellent track reminiscent of Ozric Tentacles with a little Rush mixed in. This is one of the best rock instrumentals ever.

"Not Beautiful Anymore" is a shorter track which features a field recording of a female talking about feelings of ecstasy, then a heavy riff kicks in. Again, we get another driving instrumental driven by guitar with layers of dreamy electronics. You also get that space rock feel from this one like the last track. This flows into a very short psychedelic track called "Siren", which in turn takes us into "Small Fish", a slower and atmospheric track with Wilson's layered vocals which have the feel of psychedelic folk. This one is probably more like the songs on the previous album, but, again, so much better and a beautiful Floydian guitar solo. We then segue into "Burning Sky", another long 11+ minute instrumental track that starts off with eerie keyboards for a while and then a fast, repeating guitar riff kicks in joined later by spacey keyboards, again somewhere between PF, Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles. Great guitar work mixed with electronics with some heavier sections. Around 4:30, things quiet down to a ticking clock, breathing and ambient and atmospheric instruments. Just after 7 minutes, things suddenly kick back into high gear again with the repeating riff returning. A minute later, things go to a mid tempo melodic guitar solo, then it's back to the heavy section again, this time intensity increases until it climaxes into a few power chords and percussion and then goes ambient again until the end.

This all fades into the last track appropriately titled "Fadeaway" which starts with atmospheric keyboards, the a slow rhythm and strummed guitar chords. It floats along until another guitar solo takes over, and then Wilson's vocals start again.

This is an excellent album, very much improved over the previous album, and completely reminiscent of space rock and psychedelia of the 70s, but with a crisp and clear production that makes it all sound up to date. It's hard to believe most of the music is performed by Wilson on this album as it sounds so well done. Of course, the band would form not long after this, and many of these tracks were always current in Porcupine Tree's concert set list. Even though this one fell between their lesser debut album and "Voyage 34", it is a much better album than either one of them. It is definitely an essential album in the Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson discography and in any progressive library. While it's true it is not as heavy as their later albums, it is still very space rock oriented with influences from the bands I have mentioned before. When Wilson put these songs together, he said he didn't care how close to his influences he sounded, he just knew it sounded good. And it does. This is definitely an exceptional 5 star album.

 Signify by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.83 | 1127 ratings

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Signify
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars PORCUPINE TREE's fourth album SIGNIFY displayed the perfect title upon its release for it really did declare that the project that had begun as a joke and had developed into a bona fide solo project of Steven Wilson that continued to gain steam and popularity and to his surprise an amazingly successful career. With a three album run of twisting and teasing Pink Floyd inspired psychedelic space rock and electronic experiments that culminated with the extraordinary "The Sky Moves Sideways," it became apparent that the next step was to incorporate the session musicians who performed on these albums and turn the project into a bona fide band that delivers a distinct band sound that would be supported by touring and audience interaction.

With the official band member status of Richard Barbieri (piano, synth, tapes, sequencers), Colin Edwin (bass) and Chris Mailand (drums, percussion), main man STEVEN WILSON found a new wellspring of creativity which allowed the band to expand beyond the simply tagged psychedelic space rock that dictated the feel of the first trilogy of albums. SIGNIFY is the transition album that didn't jettison what came before but rather married it with a larger palette of musical ideas. The compositions first and foremost became more cohesive with more traditional song structures that were obviously designed to sound more commercial than the free for all psychedelic meandering of the past although certain tracks on SIGNIFY do allow for the same experimentation as those albums.

Perhaps the most startling contrast are the more rock oriented guitar hooks which comes into full prominence on the introductory title track which is a more heavy rock rendition of the Neu! track "Hallgallo" from their 1972 Krautrock classic debut. While the title track rocks out and points to the future, the second track "Sleep Of No Dreaming" seems to get cold feet and point back to the past with a more sedated chilled out feel however it simultaneously shows another direction in conjunct with the heavy rockers. It finds Wilson creating a more lyric centric form of songwriting which displays his tender carefully uttered vocals with the fullest implementation of production value allowed by law. The addition of softer passages that utilize acoustic guitar and dream atmospheric background sweeps would be another major deviation from the psychedelic space rock years.

Many of the tracks on SIGNIFY were actually demos for previous albums but were sitting idle in the backroom and dusted off and rebranded for the new PORCUPINE TREE. Wilson explained that the bass and percussion parts were re-recorded by the now permanent members and they were given liberties to add their personal touches which allowed the full band effect to come to fruition. Colin Edwin contributed many interesting bass lines as well as a stellar double bass run on "Sleep Of No Dreaming." While the albums would continue to get more into the rock scheme of things on SIGNIFY, there are still experimental electronic ambient sections such as "Waiting Phase One" which display the nebulous sound squigglies as heard on the earliest of albums but "Waiting Phase Two" clearly demonstrates the new PORCUPINE TREE with gently strummed acoustic guitars, a soulful Steven Wilson singing his heart out with softened percussion and interesting verse / chorus changes.

Much of the psychedelic holdover was due to the fact that the band recorded this album during the tour of "The Sky Moves Sideways" and the process of switching gears sounds like it was happening organically rather than a forced escapade into the harder rocking world. One could say that these are cleverly crafted pop songs in prog clothing as the basic song structures are actually quite simple but Wilson has always had a gift for milking the potential out of any three chord strum along with outstanding production ingenuity and his unique stamps such as his guitar solos and counterpoints. Tribal rhythms are implemented at times which offer an interesting contrast to traditional rock drumming norms.

Despite not being a solo album, SIGNIFY was recorded as such. Wilson recorded much of the album as a solo project the way he envisioned it and then let the other band members re-record their respective parts separately which basically saw a finished product shift gears one instrumental part at a time until the final product emerged. Even after the album had been released Wilson was never happy and remastered all the original albums to create an even crisper and clearer listening experience. While SIGNIFY is dominated by many sing along type songs, there are plenty of simple zone out moments when the pop rock cedes into space rock and the vocals take a breather and let the instrumental and electronic sections cast their mesmerizing spells.

SIGNIFY is in effect project #1 of the Phase Two era of PORCUPINE TREE which would include the following "Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun," a trilogy of albums that equally merged the hard rock potential of the future with the earliest psychedelic space rock sensibilities. PORCUPINE TREE has been nothing but consistent in their output over their career and SIGNIFY is no exception. An excellent slice of Mr. Wilson's unique progressive rock outlook with strong catchy hooks that evolve into solid compositions that implemented lyrics concerned about late 90s issues and the addition of those atmospheric emotional tugs and interesting sound effects that allowed the perfect chilled out progressive rock experience. While i find this style would peak on "Lightbulb Sun," SIGNIFY is quite the solid release with tracks like "Sever" providing catchy ear worms and a throw back to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" to boot.

 Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip  by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.26 | 375 ratings

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Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Voyage 34: The Complete Trip' is considered a compilation album only because it combined two albums which were comprised of the first 2 phases on one album, released in 1992, and phases 3 and 4 on another album, released in 1993. All of the phases are collected in this album in a remastered version and released in 2000 and then again in 2004. The music is completely instrumental, except for some spoken word passages, some voice samples, and samples from Dead Can Dance's 'As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins' can be heard throughout the entire album. It is all psychedelic and spacey. The music is not like most of Porcupine Tree's other albums in that it is more like space rock and more akin to Steven Wilson's earlier projects (Altamont, Karma) and some of his experimental projects (I.E.M., Bass Communion). The main thing is, don't go into this album thinking it's typical PT music, because you will be disappointed. SW even says this was meant to be experimental and trippy. All of the instruments are played by SW except for some of the keyboards in Phase IV, which also features Richard Barbieri, who would later become a permanent member of PT. Each phase takes up a complete side of the records in this two record set.

Another thing to note here, is that the first 2 phases are comprised of original music, while the second 2 phases are remixes. Phase III is remixed by the British electronic group 'Astalasia' and Phase IV is remixed by Wilson and Barbieri, with the original material being the source material in both cases. The first 2 phases were originally supposed to be released as a single 30 minute track as part of the album 'Up the Downstair' which would have made that album a double album. This music was also released towards the end of the 'ambient' movement, and SW feels that it fits in better in that trend of music than anything else. The music definitely has that ambient feel, especially in the third and fourth phases.

I was lucky enough to find this CD in a discount bin, and I couldn't believe my eyes at the time because I knew how hard it was to find. I also knew what the music was about because I was trying to explore everything Porcupine Tree at the time. So, I went into this album knowing what to expect. I still had a hard time listening to it at first, but it grew on me over time, especially when I was able to get more information about it. The booklet that is included with the CD has all of the words from the narration in the first phase and the words from the spoken samples in the 2nd phase along with some pictures that fit the music perfectly.

Phase I starts off with the spoken word passage that explains the nature of the music which illustrates a LSD trip experience by a person named Brian and his friends. After the short introduction, the foundation is established for the first section of Phase I, which some will recognize as being very similar to the foundation of the song 'Run Like Hell' by Pink Floyd. There are also atmospheric sounds and other vocal sounds which represent the people involved in the LSD experiment. This phase is somewhat similar to PT's 'The Sky Moves Sideways', which is also a long instrumental, but which is also more interesting music wise than this more ambient music. At 6 minutes, you enter into the second section of the track with another narration explaining the progress of the trip. You can hear singing from time to time, that is the Dead Can Dance sample. The foundation has changed now, no longer resembling Pink Floyd's song. At around 8 minutes, SW's guitar kicks in and things get more interesting as he begins a melodic solo. This is probably the most melodic passage in the entire collection as the rest of it remains quite space and ambient, and it also makes Phase I the best of the bunch, even if the narration is a little off- putting.

Phase II gets rid of the narration, but still utilizes voice recordings of Timothy Leary and other samples throughout the piece. It builds from atmospheric sounds and some exotic sounding percussive noises are introduced as different vocal samples swirl around with the music. At around 5 minutes, percussion and guitar come in with the repeating notes similar to the first foundation in Phase I, so there is that connection to Pink Floyd again. There is some sustained and psychedelic guitar chords and keyboards added, making things more interesting, but not as melodic as the first. The feel is more improvised than it was in the first phase thus making it more like Krautrock as everything is based off of one chord and a 4/4 meter. At the 10:30 mark, things turn more ambient and psychedelic as vocal samples continue. Then at 12:00 minutes, drums and bass kick back in with guitar and keyboards again.

As I said before, Phase III is a remix of the first 2 phases by the band 'Astralasia'. This explains why this track sounds more ambient and less like the first 2 phases. The samples used throughout the original material and chopped up and made into echoing noises. This is the type of music that you can easily meditate to or used as background music. It is built on a simple repeating 2 chord pattern with the small sections of the original looped and layered repetitively and the changes are subtle throughout. There is nothing melodic about it, just simple ambient music with a light beat. This goes on for more than 19 minutes. Yes, it is hard to sit through.

Phase IV is also a remix done by SW and Richard Barbieri. It is a foreshadowing of the 'Bass Communion' sound. It starts off with eerie sounding drones, atmospheric loops and vocal samples. Things turn more psychedelic at 4 minutes when things start feeling a little brighter with flute loops (sounds like a breakfast cereal). Atmospheric guitar notes swirl around with a subdued percussive noise in the background. This pattern repeats for quite a while as this track isn't in a hurry to get anywhere. Around 9:45, the repeating loops end and we are left with a subdued tribal percussion with bubbly, synth sounds and the return of vocal samples. Once again, a drone starts and echoing sounds begin and the eerie feeling starts again. At 13:40, there is silence. This lasts until 18:45 when synths fade in creating a final psychedelic atmosphere until the end at over 20 minutes. There is a little more going on in this phase than the last one, but it is still quite ambient for the most part.

So, the album is more of a curiosity for the more devoted fans of Porcupine Tree, or for the fans of Steven Wilson's more experimental music. The first 2 phases are the best and the last 2 are more ambient without a lot going on in them. Many have said that 'The Sky Moves Sideways' and 'Moonloop' are better examples of good psychedelic space rock in the PT discography, and they are right. However, we have to remember that this album was released early on in SW's and PT's career. Because half of it is good and the other half is more for background music, this will at least get 3 stars. But hopefully after reading this, listeners can understand the entire work a little better.

 Waiting  by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
3.69 | 51 ratings

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Waiting
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This single comes from the album "Signify". The one difference is that on the single, it is divided into 2 separate parts where on the album, it is all one track. Either way, it is the same song, and it is one of the band's best. It is a haunting song with excellent vocals from Steven Wilson. During the verses and chorus, it is rather mellow, but the guitar solos are nice and heavy, the way we like them. The first part ends at 4:24, which seems like a natural point to divide it. The 2nd part lasts for 6;16, and starts off with an atmospheric instrumental section which builds slowly as other instruments are introduced over the percussion. At around 4 minutes, it bursts into a beautiful guitar solo.

On the CD version of the single, the B-side is an 8 minute track called "The Sound of No-one Listening", a very powerful and emotional instrumental. This song would later be made available on the "Stars Die" compilation but in a remixed version. It starts off in a psychedelic vein with processed instruments and sound effects. A sudden percussion and bass line starts pounding away, with a mellow guitar solo and organ joining in later, giving the song a nice jazz influenced sound. Things get heavier suddenly with a swirling synth leading the way. There are definitely echoes of "Lightbulb Sun" here throughout the track. A nice flute riff calms things down, and we lose the foundation of the track when the percussion and bass disappears. At five minutes, a beautiful and atmospheric guitar starts up and this ushers in another heavy section with the returning bass/percussion foundation. The bass falls away eventually and we're left with drums and atmosphere, and soon the drums stop and we are left with ambient psychedelic sounds.

On the vinyl 12" version, instead of "The Sound of No-one Listening", we get two shorter tracks. First is "Colourflow in Mind" which is a spacey and mellow song with vocals that flows beautifully. The verses and choruses are ambient and slow but the melody is dark. A heavy guitar solo starts at 2:45 keeping the dark feel of the track apparent and it closes out the song. The other track is called "Fuse the Sky", which starts with sound effects and processed noises with the sound of waves. At 1:12, what sounds like a processed sax comes in, sounding more like some mellow bagpipes. In this song you hear shades of "The Sky Moved Sideways" as slowly strummed guitar chords and nice synth textures build the song. There are no vocals in this one, neither are there any percussion. Just a nice, peaceful song. Both of these tracks would also be later available on the "Stars Die" compilation.

So, all of these tracks are available elsewhere. However, I find them nice on either one of these single versions, because they tend to get lost on the "Stars Die" compilation as they are surrounded by other tracks that are similar in feel and so their individual power gets lost in the double album compilation. That gives this single more power and the songs more exposure. The tracks are all beautiful, but either version of the single can be pricey and hard to find. Only because of that, I would consider this a non-essential recording, but if you find it for a good price, you should definitely get it.

 We Lost The Skyline by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Live, 2008
3.44 | 238 ratings

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We Lost The Skyline
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a recording of a live remote done at a music store in Orlando, Florida in Oct, 2007. Originally, the remote performance was to feature the entire band, however, because of space issues, only Steven Wilson and John Wesley were able to attend. What resulted is a very warm and intimate 33 minute mini-concert in front of 200 very lucky fans, which is the subject of this album.

Steven Wilson performs alone in the first 3 tracks, singing and playing both electric and acoustic guitars. John Wesley doesn't appear until the 4th track. As the performance continues, Wilson opens up to the crowd and you get so involved in the intimacy of the concert, that you feel like you are there. You hear songs that you wouldn't expect to hear in this kind of a setting, namely the verses from "The Sky Moves Sideways" which turns into a beautiful and pensive song, Even Less, and Drown With Me. There are also some you would expect to hear, which retain their beauty, but give them a new life, namely, "Waiting", "Trains" and "Lazarus".

You know exactly when Wesley joins in during the middle of "Waiting", and he comes in at the right time, exactly when you want to hear that extra guitar support. At the beginning of "Normal", Wilson really warms up to the audience and relates a great story about him and Robert Fripp, and he even jokes around with his performance. The riff intro to "Waiting" is heard as the complex and difficult riff that it is. Wesley's voice gets it's due in this song as he sings counterpoint to Wilson's main verses.

This album is a definite must to Porcupine Tree fans, and is an excellent addition to anyone's music library, especially to lovers of acoustic and bare bones music. These performances bring out the soul of the songs and shifts the focus to the lyrics and the hearts of the songs. It may not be a masterpiece of progressive music, but it is one of the most intimate and most enjoyable acoustic sets that have been recorded. Highly recommended. Honestly, I only have a few acoustic performance albums that I consider my favorites, and this is one of them.

 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.25 | 2408 ratings

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Fear Of A Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Egyptianprog-Fahmy

5 stars Porcupine tree always uses different approaches to create their music. This time, they experimented severely, taking the approaches of In Absentia but adding a way different tone to it. The bass and guitar are more distorted, the drums are more intense and Richard's keyboard has never been better. The lyrics of Steven Wilson as usual exceeded expectations as this has to be the best lyrics he wrote in a while. Songs like Anesthetize makes you wonder in a complete void especially since it's long, while short songs like my ashes send you to a deep depressive mood. I love this album from start to finish. This is a true masterpiece from porcupine tree. They should have ended it here instead of releasing the incident later on. I truly wish Porcupine tree would rise again and play live this amazing masterpiece.
 Anesthetize by PORCUPINE TREE album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.66 | 541 ratings

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Anesthetize
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If you expect to watch this video and see Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Gavin Harrison, and John Wesley dancing around, acting flamboyant, interacting with the crowd, or trying to dredge up excitement, just know that's not going to happen. If you expect to see tricky video enhancements or fancy camerawork, don't get your hopes up too high. This video and performance is all about the music, nothing distracting (except for a lot of shots of the audience). But, this is not necessary. These things are usually done (at least in most popular music) in recorded live performances, or even non-recorded, to either distract from the fact that the music is lacking. That's not to say it's the only time it is done, but on run of the mill pop music, it is a ploy to make you love the entertainer or the mediocre music, to get your excitement up for the experience. But many times, this distracts from what should be the real "star" of the show, and that is the music. Yes, it's fun to have all of that, and it's even great when the music is excellent. But on this particular video, it's about the music more than it is about the performers.

Other than the fact that there is not a lot of "action" in a Porcupine Tree performance, the actual performances are amazing, the music is excellent and there are no distractions. There are some nice changes here and there in this live performance , but for the most part, the music is pretty close to the originals. It's a nice experience to see the performers performing and that is the main reason for this. Wilson's vocals are top rate, but you can tell they are in a live setting without additional takes and studio polish, and I actually find that a good thing. It gives the experience that uniqueness and makes things just different enough to justify buying a live version. I also like the rawer sound of vocals in this type of setting.

Another thing that stands out here is Wesley's background vocals. He is an excellent singer and it's good to hear him stand out a little more here. His higher pitched singing is a nice touch added to support Wilson's vocals. And, of course, its amazing to watch this excellent music being performed. I usually don't write reviews on videos because I am not familiar with the workings of cinematography, camera work and etc. But I can say that I enjoy this immensely,

For some reason, the last paragraph of this review got cut off when I sent it. I just summed things up saying that it is enjoyable to watch musicianship of this high caliber. But, even after my lecture on distractions, I have to admit that I like seeing some of that in a concert, it adds to the experience, it's just annoying when it's done to cover up a lack of talent. Some surprises, interaction with the audience, and more uniqueness in the music would have made this a 5 star recording. Even with great music, it's okay to use distractions once in a while to help make an experience memorable. Just know that this particular recording is all about the music and even with that, it's still deserving of 4 stars.

 XMII by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Live, 2005
4.02 | 147 ratings

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XMII
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a well-recorded live performance for XM satellite radio done on July 21, 2003. This is the second XM recording done by Porcupine Tree, and this one is slightly better than the first in that the set list is better and you have the entire band, including John Wesley who was considered a session musician, but should be considered part of the regular line up because he was always there for studio and live performances. There is no audience noise, because this was a recording for the airwaves, no audience involved.

The recording is exceptional, giving the listener alternate versions of songs that had already been released from the studio. That is the main draw for the album, in that the performances are as they happened, and the songs are given that live-as-it-happens feeling. The songs are not much different from the studio versions except you are missing the polished feeling, the songs are a little more raw. It's always great to hear songs of this caliber in live settings though, and when the recording is this pristine, it gives you a new experience with older but tried and tested songs. Five songs are from "Lightbulb Sun", "Trains" is from "In Absentia", and "Pure Narcotic" from "Stupid Dream" are more acoustic-based songs, but the entire band is involved in each, and "Fadeaway" from "Up the Downstair", this one in this case is sung by John Wesley where it is normally sung by Steven Wilson, and it's nice to hear his take on it.

The two epic songs are "Hatesong" and "Russia on Ice". Both are excellent performances, as to be expected, and as are all of the songs. Nothing is really new here, except for the vocal by John, but as I said, the draw for this recording is the chance to hear alternative versions of the excellent songs. The album was only sold at live shows and on the band's "Burning Shed" website, so it is rather rare. But it is still possible to find, just difficult to find. If you do find it or get a chance to download, do so, it is worth it. But you don't have to overexert yourself unless you are a collector, these songs are readily available elsewhere, just not in these versions. Seeing as this is an excellent performance and recording, it is an album that would be great to have in your prog rock collection.

 Ambulance Chasers by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
4.04 | 34 ratings

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Ambulance Chasers
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This hard to find gem is a collection of most of the tracks in demo form from the album "Stupid Dream". The release of "Stupid Dream" was delayed because Porcupine Tree was trying to find a new label to get signed to. This collection somehow got released inadvertently while the public was waiting for the new CD. It is now very hard to find. The demos included from the album proper are "Even Less", "Piano Lessons", "Baby Dream in Cellophane", "Slave Called Shiver", "Don't Hate Me", "Tinto Brass", and "Stop Swimming". That accounts for 7 of the tracks on this collection. The remaining are other demos of songs previously not available on the original "Stupid Dream" album. These are "I Fail", "Ambulance Chasing", and "Disappear".

For being demos, these are still excellent versions of the originals. They are less polished, but in some cases, just as good and sometimes a little better, as in the case of "Even Less", which is on this collection as a 15 minute track, where as on the "Stupid Dream" album is edited to 7 minutes. This is the best version of "Even Less" as far as instrumentation is concerned in my opinion. The lyrics are different, and admittedly I do like the lyrics better on the version more people are familiar with, but the actual instrumentation is more raw, more intense and much more enjoyable. Now, a full length version would become available on other collections, and it is also great, but it's still not the same version as what is on here. I'm not sure if this version is available anywhere else.

"Piano Lessons" is also great as a demo, again not as polished as the official version, but a little harder. "Baby Dream in Cellophane" is not so great as a demo however and is still underdeveloped here. "I Fail" comes next and as far as I know, this is not available anywhere else. It is pretty straightforward and decent enough, but nothing special really. It sounds like an outtake which is what it is. The overall sound of rawness and less polish continues for "Slave Called Shiver" and "Don't Hate Me", the latter actually coming off better than the former. Many bands probably would have been happy calling these takes finished product.

"Disappear" was not on the "Stupid Dream" album, but a more polished version of it would show up on the official outtake release "Recordings". This version is somewhat finished, but the instrumentals are top notch while the vocals are not quite there yet. Steven's vocals on the last chorus to go up an octave though and this creates more tension at the end of the song. Again, it's interesting to hear it in this unrefined version. "Ambulance Chasing" was exclusive to this collection for quite a while and did become available on one of the reissues of "Stupid Dream" as a bonus track, but since I haven't heard that reissue, I don't know how it compares to this version. It was also released on the "Piano Lessons" single, but in a more finished version. It is all instrumental. It starts out with some atmospheric sounds from the instruments and heavy on percussion. This develops into an great sounding instrumental with a lot of atmospheric sounds and tones, but not in a psychedelic way, because it is melodic, but it is also quite heavy at times. It ends with some nice, treated wordless vocalizations.

"Tinto Brass" is about 10 minutes long on this version where as the official version was around 7 minutes. This is also an instrumental. This version takes more time to develop by having an atmospheric section at the beginning of the track with interesting noises and a longer development section involving percussion and bass. Either way, this is an excellent track in either version, a very driving instrumental with an amazing level of intensity. I do like this longer version though, because this track with more time added can only make it even better. "Stop Swimming" again is an unpolished version of the official recording, still a great song, but not much different except for the rawer sound and a bit more ambient.

This is a tough one to rate. Since it is a collection of demos, it is rather hard to find and can't be considered essential. If you are not familiar with the official versions of these songs, you wouldn't appreciate the difference, and that is the biggest draw to this collection, but it would only apply to those familiar with PT's music. I have to say that the unfinished feeling of the recordings is very nice to hear and it gives insight to the development of the songs. But this would only be appreciated by fans. It's hard to just give this a 2 star rating, but only collectors and fans would understand the difference in the tracks. The best tracks here which even come close to surpassing the official versions are "Even Less" and "Tinto Brass". These alone make this collection worth having, it you can find it, but if you can, I would consider it an excellent addition to your collection. There you go, 4 stars!

 The Incident by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.66 | 1468 ratings

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The Incident
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by thwok

4 stars This is a fine Porcupine Tree album. It's not one of the handful of their best, but it's still an entertaining release. There's an enjoyable performance/interview on YouTube called "Mhz" from 2003. In it Wilson discusses how much he loves the traditional idea of an album, as an entity. He believes CDs have taken away the enjoyment of listening to a whole album as an immersive experience.

Unlike most people it seems, I actually prefer the second disc of THE INCIDENT. The variety in these four songs makes for an excellent 21 minutes of listening. The songs on the first disc aren't as enjoyable as individual pieces. They seems like parts of a whole, rather than finished songs, which requires more time and attention. However, I'm sure that's exactly how Steve Wilson intended it. If you can devote some time to extended listening, THE INCIDENT is definitely worthwhile. I'm bumping this up the half star to 4.

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