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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 2005 ⭐

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

3.02 | 925 ratings
On the Sunday of Life...
1992
3.89 | 1083 ratings
Up the Downstair
1993
4.07 | 1446 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995
3.85 | 1305 ratings
Signify
1996
3.99 | 1443 ratings
Stupid Dream
1999
4.03 | 1628 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
2000
4.26 | 2684 ratings
In Absentia
2002
4.12 | 2143 ratings
Deadwing
2005
4.27 | 2729 ratings
Fear of a Blank Planet
2007
3.69 | 1624 ratings
The Incident
2009
3.92 | 223 ratings
Closure/Continuation
2022

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

4.45 | 499 ratings
Coma Divine
1997
3.47 | 100 ratings
Spiral Circus Live (LP)
1997
3.70 | 162 ratings
XM
2003
3.45 | 22 ratings
Live in Poland
2003
3.94 | 338 ratings
Warszawa
2004
4.03 | 163 ratings
XMII
2005
4.22 | 179 ratings
Rockpalast
2005
4.43 | 245 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
3.45 | 259 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
2008
3.69 | 143 ratings
Ilosaarirock
2009
4.31 | 221 ratings
Atlanta
2010
3.63 | 241 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012
3.00 | 4 ratings
Köln 4th Dec 2007 (TV Broadcast)
2020
3.33 | 6 ratings
First Live Performance 4th Dec 1993
2020
3.71 | 7 ratings
Los Angeles (30th July 2003)
2020
3.40 | 10 ratings
Coma: Coda (Rome 1997)
2020

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

4.57 | 565 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
4.65 | 601 ratings
Anesthetize
2010
4.19 | 97 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

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

2.76 | 139 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994
3.33 | 427 ratings
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
2000
4.19 | 422 ratings
Recordings
2001
4.19 | 294 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 - 1997
2002
2.91 | 4 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 - Transmission 3.1
2005
3.00 | 5 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 - Transmission 8.1
2008
4.30 | 10 ratings
The Delerium Years 1994 - 1997
2016
4.33 | 12 ratings
The Delerium Years 1991-1993
2017
4.00 | 18 ratings
The Sound of No One Listening (2020 Remaster)
2020

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

3.21 | 74 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
1989
3.13 | 59 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini
1990
2.98 | 53 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory
1991
3.74 | 134 ratings
Voyage 34
1992
3.26 | 33 ratings
Radioactive E. P.
1992
2.92 | 64 ratings
Voyage 34 : Remixes
1993
3.32 | 79 ratings
Moonloop E.P.
1994
3.82 | 213 ratings
Staircase Infinities
1994
3.71 | 59 ratings
Waiting
1996
3.37 | 105 ratings
Insignificance
1997
4.00 | 37 ratings
Ambulance Chasers
1997
3.02 | 250 ratings
Metanoia
1998
2.92 | 53 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
1999
2.91 | 54 ratings
Piano Lessons
1999
3.00 | 61 ratings
Pure Narcotic
1999
3.74 | 22 ratings
Coma Divine II
1999
3.97 | 39 ratings
Stars Die - Rare and Unreleased
1999
3.30 | 10 ratings
The Rest Will Flow
2000
3.10 | 70 ratings
4 Chords That Made A Million
2000
3.24 | 66 ratings
Shesmovedon
2000
4.00 | 125 ratings
Transmission IV
2001
4.31 | 26 ratings
Blackest Eyes
2002
4.24 | 21 ratings
The Sound Of Muzak
2002
4.50 | 20 ratings
Trains
2003
3.53 | 38 ratings
Delerium EP
2003
3.20 | 5 ratings
Men of Wood
2004
3.65 | 17 ratings
Shallow
2005
3.61 | 131 ratings
Lazarus
2005
3.48 | 160 ratings
Futile
2006
3.53 | 15 ratings
So Called Friend
2006
3.79 | 14 ratings
Way Out Of Here
2007
3.80 | 15 ratings
Normal
2007
3.73 | 15 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet (Single)
2007
3.95 | 519 ratings
Nil Recurring
2007
2.94 | 9 ratings
Novak
2008
3.93 | 72 ratings
Transmission 10.1 - Ilosaarirock
2009
2.82 | 73 ratings
Time Flies
2009
3.40 | 10 ratings
Acoustic Session Jan 2010
2010
3.63 | 8 ratings
Pure Narcotic - Acoustic Session 2012
2020
3.00 | 3 ratings
BBC Session 13th April 2007
2020
4.33 | 67 ratings
Harridan
2021
4.40 | 21 ratings
Of the New Day
2022
3.44 | 16 ratings
Herd Culling (Single Edit)
2022
3.38 | 13 ratings
Rats Return
2022

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 In Absentia by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.26 | 2684 ratings

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In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by AFlowerKingCrimson

4 stars I wrote this review (modified slightly) several years ago under a different username but will repost it now being that today is the 20th anniversary of this classic album. However, I have decided to give it four stars instead of my original five. It's still an excellent album but maybe more like 4.5 than a full 5 for me but for this repost I am rounding down to 4 instead of my initial decision to round up.

"It's so erotic when your makeup runs. "

I suppose there is a good reason this album is featured in the top 100 here at Progarchives. I have kind of gone back and forth between whether I feel this a four or five star album. However, at the very least it is worthy of 4.5 stars. Anyway, the music here is quintessential Porcupine Tree. It has the qualities of the albums before it as well as some of the heavier edge of the albums that followed it. I'm not too keen on the two after this but this album is really something special. It's arguable as to whether or not this was Porcupine Tree's big breakthrough album. It certainly did get them a larger audience in no small part due to the fact that they were touring with Yes around the time this album came out. It's also one of PT's most consistent and most popular albums among prog fans and probably among PT fans as well. This album also marks the first time Gavin Harrison makes an appearance as their new drummer(replacing Chris Maitland) and does a very fine job.

The album starts off with the memorable "blackest eyes." This song marks the first and only time I ever heard them on mainstream commercial radio (WZZO out of Allentown PA) back soon after it was released. Next up is another PT classic in "trains." This song reminds me of something off of either Stupid Dream or Lightbulb Sun(the two albums that preceded this). From here on end the songs seem to take turns between heavy and dreamy. Many people cite this as the first time the band experimented with metal sounds and while this is true for the most part the band has always had more than one mood or sound permeating their music. Even before this they had heavy moments but maybe they weren't as intense as some of the moments on here and later. On here there is probably more of a symphonic element and less of a spacey element although Porcupine Tree never seem to abandon any of their trademark qualities entirely and even the later albums include their distinct sound.

Overall, this is a must have album from the earlier part of this century and a perfect entry album for anyone who wants to check out Porcupine Tree.

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Finally, after so many years of waiting, Porcupine Tree decided to return with this collection of songs kept in the closet with some more recent compositions.

That is why the title of the album makes a lot of sense!

The fact is that, as expected, the quality of these compositions is somewhat uveven, offering some songs that can already be considered classics of the band (Harridan, O The New Day, Dignity, Herd Culling), along with others somewhat moremore forgettable (Walk the Plank)

In any case, it is an album that undoubtedly surpasses the disappointing "The Incident", although of course without reaching the level of masterpieces like "Deadwing" or "Fear of a Blank Planet".

Thank you for this excellent and long-awaited comeback, guys!

Best Tracks: Harridan (very progressive, intense and beautiful at the same time), Of The New Day (great in its simplicity and melancholy), Herd Culling (my favorite on the album, remembering the best moments of "FOABP")

My Rating: ****

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by tugatugatuga

3 stars this album is somehow confusing because it brings the old porcupine tree fans, but also their last 4 albums music loving fans. if you enjoy more the last porcupine tree albums, then this albums is a 50% of your joy,,,but the old fans will also only enjoy it about 50%. fans of porcupine tree from the beginning of their season and the end of their incident album,,well, those ones will enjoy the album at their fullest. i think the album was made too fast, with less arrangements and thoughts,,,,just like it was announcing another departed and this album is their game over because steven wilson doesn't see porcupine tree at his fullest desire, since he likes more of the steven wilson project which in my opinion is a mistake shown in this album. harridan is by far the best track and i which the all album could be more like that track. maybe we dream in the near future to have steven wilson playing in a single band with his best players: Gavin Harrison-Richard Barbieri-Guthrie Govan- Nick Beggs-steven wilson, and from where, all the music they make in studio they could separate and distribute within both audiences. with the same band, one year we would have porcupine tree and the next steven wilson played by the same players who plays both concepts extremely well. it would be the first time something to happen like that. i love old, new porcupine tree, but also steven wilson since he is, and always been a genius behind all of this. we keep talking how good gavin is, but without steven nothing like this would happen in the first place.i hope they come to portugal but for 250 euros a ticket. 1. Harridan 9.5/10 2. Rats Return 9.0/10 3. Dignity 8.5/10 4. Population Three 8/10 5. Of the New Day 7.5/10 6. Chimera's Wreck 7.0/10 7. Never have 6/10 8. Love in the past tense 5/10 9. Herd Culling - 4/10 10. Walk the Plank - 3/10.

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As unlikely or surprising as it may seem, Porcupine Tree are back after a little more than a decade of complete silence, and they are back with a heated new studio album, ambiguously titled 'Closure/Continuation', an excellent collection of seven tracks spanning across some 48 minutes of playtime, with three additional bonus songs that do not necessarily fit the main album. However, with all the events that have unfolded in the last two years concerning the band, we can safely conclude that this elevenths studio album was well though out and supposed to be released sometime in the 2010s, with Steven Wilson and Gavin Harrison joining forces and jamming together to what ultimately became songs ending up on this new release, but the time never seemed right, with the busy schedules of the band members... or at least, the remaining ones.

The first Porcupine Tree album recorded by a trio is now a fact - Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison and Richard Barbieri deliver what has been promoted as 'the most collaborative record' of the band's entire catalogue, with each member contributing almost equally to the final product. Former bassist Colin Edwin never showed interest in playing or recording any Porcupine Tree material, according to Wilson, who gracefully handles all bass duties on the album, which quite interestingly, was mostly written on his bass guitar and Gavin Harrison's drums, in their multiple jam sessions, with Richard Barbieri ultimately stepping in to filter the songs through his own masterful approach to playing keyboards, adding an extra layer of excellence to the fantastic songs.

The album opens with the first single, the first real taster of the new Porcupine Tree sound, the bombastic and haunting 8-minute track 'Harridan', kicking off the whole thing with a quirky bass riff, ominous soundscapes and pitch-perfect drumming by Harrison. The identity of PT seems to be well-injected into this powerful new track, yet there is something different in the way it sounds - the drums are so dominant, so prevalent and masterful, driving the whole song through its many movements, the Rush-like chorus 'attacks' the listener, the guitars are optional and very lovely, and the sound design provided by Barbieri does a lot of justice to this hard-hitting track. After that comes 'Of the New Day', a deceptively simple and tranquil song, with gentle acoustic guitars, melancholic lyrics and gentle keyboard sounds, that turns into a time signature monster, after the chorus hits, as the song has been said to go through forty-two time signature changes. The sound of it distantly reminisces something like 'Lightbulb Sun', but once again, it sounds bright and vigorous. 'Rats Return' sees PT utilizing some math rock riffage, as they provide one of the darker songs in the band's catalogues, commenting on the grim political situation of the world and the leaders-rats who "express having an interest in the public, but when it comes down to it, only want to save themselves".

Then we have the fourth track 'Dignity', which is very atmospheric, peaceful and certainly brings flashbacks of some old-school Porcupine Tree, maybe with hints to 'Russia on Ice' or 'Sentimental', carrying a similar spirit. This also happens to be one of the songs co-written with Barbieri. The 7-minute prog attach of 'Herd Culling' is quite fantastic - the lyrics, the mood, the tempo and all the shifts going on inside the composition are just working perfectly well, giving the album one of the more underrated pieces. The band is playing beautifully, every strum of the guitar, every drumbeat and every key pressed on the keyboards of Richard Barbieri has a specific place and serves a particular purpose in the song, no time is wasted here and there, just straight-to-the-point playing that gloriously fits one of the most interesting art rock songs in Porcupine Tree's catalogue. Then comes the electronic, wavy and grim 'Walk the Plank', another song that has a very prominent Richard Barbieri contribution, while it also has bits and pieces that remind us strongly of 'The Future Bites', Wilson's last solo album before 'C/C' - simply, this is the big surprise on the record, one of the most interesting compositions to have even landed on a Porcupine Tree album. The main album is closed by the 10-minute epic 'Chimera's Wreck', the song that has already gained a sort of cult status among the people enjoying this stellar collection of songs. This one reflects on the death of Steven Wilson's father, while other, more general existential realizations serve as a broader framework of the lyrical content. The music is epic, emotional and thunderous, the song is cathartic, agonizing, haunting and plain killer, one of the best in the entire Steven Wilson universe.

Finally, there is the 3-track bonus disc featuring the instrumental 'Population Three', and instantly recognizable Porcupine Tree number, the sweet 'Never Have', essentially a Steven Wilson solo track that could have been quite welcome on something like 'To The Bone', and 'Love in the Past Tense', a gorgeous little art-rocker, another effort of Wilson and Harrison. It is true that none of these would have fitted smoothly on the main album, all of the songs are quite good, and when presented as bonus material, are more than welcome.

The fact that this is the first Porcupine Tree album to top the all-format UK album chart speaks numbers - their absence has only strengthened the cult status of 'the most important cult band' out there, according to Wilson, with whom I could hardly disagree on this, as his band's legacy and prominence in the genre of progressive rock is immense and inevitable, and now, in 2022, they have reunited and delivered another monolith of a record, another very excellent addition to their truly majestic back catalogue. We could only conclude that everything surrounding the release of this album is simply a great celebration - a great celebration of the music of one of the best bands in existence, a celebration of music as a craft, and a celebration of a musical genre that is still full of vigor, despite the fact that it continues to exist just under the surface, with a couple of exception here and there, 'Closure/Continuation' being one of them.

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It's rare for a long awaited, long delayed, or long lost work of art - in any medium - to live up to even a significant fraction of the kind of hype and hope that inevitably surrounds them. Reunions like that of the groundbreaking and once consistent Porcupine Tree tend to produce LPs considered weak, throwaways, or at best loved only by a few of their biggest fans. Reacting to such albums almost always demands managing expectations. But then every once in a while you get an exception... and even though this isn't quite a full return to form or the very best of those exceptions, Closure/Continuation is an overall cracking record that lived up to my personal hopes.

The album is primarily defined by the softer sides of post-Stupid Dream PT, a string of mellow-rock-unto-metal and Wilson's various dour and tender sides. Most of this is done quite well, befitting the skill and and creativity of Barbieri, Harrison, and Wilson. I will say that a majority of it isn't quite fresh - and in the case of "Herd Culling", it's pretty sub-par - but these tracks make for a solid and enjoyable dose of classic PT, nothing more or less.

Where C/C stands out, then, are a plurality of cuts that do push the limits of what each of these three musicians have done in the past, with or without each other. "Harridan" is some of the heaviest and most intricate they've ever been, Wilson in particular shining on bass alongside some of his better guitar playing, Barbieri's electronics, and Harrison's krakenesque drumwork. It shares my deepest admiration with "Rats Return", a nightmarish dive into political selfishness and media megalomania, complete with a masterful music video of a vicious, madcap revisionist era Soviet late night program. The instrumentation shows the power and creepiness possible on some of their lighter material, whose jagged guitar stabs replace the band's usual metal inclinations. "Walk The Plank" further develops Barbieri and Wilson's electronics as we are taken on a submarine journey. There's also much to be said about the dirgelike opening half of "Chimera's Wreck", with beautiful guitars and keys shimmering around reflections on mortality. While the explosive latter half is among the more run-of-the-mill parts of the record, the combination proves to be excellent.

One last flaw with the record is that the final three cuts are only on deluxe editions, a similar issue to the tracklisting of Swilson's solo The Future Bites. These songs fully round out the project, and in particular the tasty "Never Have" sounds like a throwback to classic '70s prog via the length and breadth of PT's illustrious career.

For me, it's hard to describe C/C as anything other than the least I could have hoped for from a reunited Porcupine Tree and in some ways a worthy successor to their classic '00s run. It is a wonderful listen and one that, at its best, gives me ever more hope for the band's future.

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Published simultaneously at progrocks.gr

These sounds were missing for many years from our speakers. The direct riffs, the experimentation with funk, the sounds of Tool and Opeth and the nostalgic references of the 70s through the filter of alt prog, which Porcupine Tree helped establish, all sound pleasant to my ears; the recent solo albums by Steve Wilson could not, for various reasons, fill the gap. The Wilson/Barbieri/Harrison trio seem to have worked a lot on these compositions through the years, sounding very mature. The sequence of the songs reminds me of a peaky sine wave (dynamic to mellow and vice versa) and helps consume the album fairly quickly. The elements of surprise but also cohesion are somewhat missing (the sum of parts seems far greater than the whole) and thus this work is unlikely to be mentioned as one of their top moments. The electronic experimentations in Walk the Plank and the peak achieved during the inspired, epic, Chimera's Wreck are not enough to achieve this. Maybe this is not needed for now, perhaps the mature return is enough to satisfy our curiosity (until next time) and it certainly does not take anything away from the group's legacy.

 Closure/Continuation by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2022
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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by DorKnor

4 stars Harridan- Probably the best song in the album to open up with, especially with that super meaty bass line. Reminds me a bit of Blackest Eyes in the sense that its vey catchy, but at the same time very heavy and proggy. I really liked this song overall, instruments across the board were great, and Steve Wilson was great as always. A solid 9/10

Of The New Day- Probably the most radio-friendly of all the songs on the album, its pretty poppy/mellow at points, but it doesn't stray too far from the heavier sounds of the album. I don't have much to complain about but it also isn't my favorite. 7/10

Rats Return- Opens with a *really* meaty hook which I love, but the song doesn't do much otherwise. Lyrics are kinda bad which is surprising considering Wilson and Harrison wrote it. "Leave your principals at the door" does make me cringe a bit every time I hear it. Musically, its pretty good otherwise. A weaker 8/10

Dignity- One of two longer story-type songs on this album, and I think its pretty great. The guitar and vocals are especially great on this track compared to the rest of the album, and the songwriting isn't too bad either. I hear a lot of people call this a masterpiece and whatnot but it doesn't quite do it for me. Considering the other story- type songs the band has done its just not nearly as good as something off of FOABP. Still, its a 9/10 nonetheless.

Herd Culling- Musically, I really like what the band does in that it largely repeats the same verse throughout the entire song, changing up instrumentation as the song progresses. I was kind of surprised when I realized this, but really, skip to any point in the song and its pretty much the same thing. Lyrically, its fine. A solid 7/10

Walk The Plank- I don't love this one one as much as the rest of the album, but its certainly an interesting eerie sort of experimental song that I expect from Wilson. This definitely sounds more like his solo material. A weak 7/10

Chimeras Wreck- Probably the best song on the album considering its subject matter, and technicalities. I REALLY love the way Wilson plays with vocal rhythms which is something that I don't ever recall hearing on a PT album to date. A solid 9/10

Population Three- For as much as I love the instrumentation on this entire album, without Wilson's vocals it sounds like a completely different band. I didn't love this one as much as other people did. 7/10

Never Have- A very poppy tune with some great guitar. The song slowly builds throughout and explodes towards the end. I really like this one but I don't have much to comment. Sounds kinda like Harmony Korine from Steve's solo career. 8/10

Love in The Past Tense- Another poppy tune on this album. My comments are largely the same as Never Have, though I like this one slightly less. 8/10

Overall Thoughts: This was quite the underwhelming album in my opinion. Its been 12 long years since the band has put out any music and I don't quite know what I was expecting. On one hand this was Porcupine Tree's first album in *twelve years*. On the other, to my knowledge, the band wasn't painstakingly perfecting this album over the course of those twelve years much like Tool supposedly was with Fear Inoculum. C/C delivered some pretty great songs- Harridan being my favorite listen, though Chimeras Wreck and Dignity were probably better songs. Aside from those three songs though, the rest of the album was nothing special, ranging between good and pretty good. The lyrics throughout the entire album were mostly underwhelming (surprisingly), but Gavin, Harrison, and Wilson sounded as good as ever. This might even be one of Wilsons best vocal performances. Still, There weren't as many memorable songs as I would have wished on this one.

Weighted Average: 8.047/10. For now, I will keep this album at an 8, though I see this falling out of favor with time.

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Emiliano

3 stars Overall: This is a pretty hard album to review, mainly because of the way it flows. At first I thought it was due to not having Colin on the lineup, but in reality is the way songs conform the album. There at least four or five songs abusing of the exchange noisy-quiet sections in an abrupt manner, which makes it repetitive and noisy by the time you get to Herd Culling. Honestly, I feel this is a shame, because there are many good songs in here.

High points: Walk the Plank and Never Have. The latter is a callback to In Absentia's Drown with Me, but with a hopeful tone. Walk the Plank is a beast on its own, and the closest song to PT's staple psychedelic open sound-wall sound, last found in songs like What Happens Now? and Cheating the Polygraph. I hope PT recovers this open sound down the road, because that's what makes PT much more than a Steven Wilson solo production.

What's new?: The two main new things in comparison to previous PT albums are, on the one hand, Steven's solo production and, on the other hand, enhanced minimalistic song-writing. Steven's solo production and arrangement style is counter producing to PT's sound, which is based in open songs, like C/C's Dignity, Never Have and Walk the Plank. All other songs have a very tight sound, quite the opposite to The Sky Moves Sideways or Even Less, which are some of PT's juggernaut songs. The minimalistic composition style can be much appreciated in Chimera's Wreck, which is a song you'd expect more from Metallica than from Porcupine Tree, and starts eerily similar to Nothing Else Matters.

I think I'll give you a tentative list of how to approach this disc for a better experience, though I recommend listening these songs separately: 1. - Harridan 2. - Dignity 3. - Population Three 4. - Rats return 5.- Of the New Day 6.- Love in the Past Tense 7.- Herd Culling 8.- Walk the Plank 9.- Chimera's Wreck 10.- Never Have

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3.92 | 223 ratings

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Closure/Continuation
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by JohnProg

3 stars If we take into account the long musical career of Porcupine Tree (11 studio albums now, several singles and live works), where they have explored and experienced different stages that go from the easy and lazy psychedelia of their first albums (when PC was more a solo project by Steven Wilson than a band as such) to their last works characterized by their "heavy prog" style (where the band reaches its peak with FOABP ), and we also remember that before releasing C/C the band had released four singles, we could already get an idea of ​​what PC was going to offer us: an album that does not disappoint or surprise, with a well- differentiated style that is easy to recognize by old or even new fans of the band, and that also works as a cover letter for future fans of the band, the latter because in C/C we find a summary of the different facets of the band, from certain pop-psychedelic songs (Of the New Day) to c more elaborate compositions (Chimera's Wreck), going through songs like Harridan which, according to Steven Wilson himself, is the song that best sums up the style of porcupine tree.

With all this it is clear to us that the more than ten years that the band took to bring us a new album is due more to a lack of interest and to Steven Wilson's solo career, than to a search for new musical horizons; C/C could perfectly have been released immediately after The Incident, both in sound and music we are facing a 100% Porcupine Tree album. And with the latter I don't want to reproach the lack of innovation of the band, after all they don't have to prove anything to anyone what they are capable of and -like it or not- they have become one of the most respected prog bands in recent times.

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Review by WJA-K

3 stars This is a well-crafted product. I can imagine that many prog lovers are thrilled with it. There's enough to enjoy. The musicianship is great.

When I compare it to other music that came out this year, then it is not the first thing I would recommend. But it sure beat the last one by Marillion. Because this album has more grit, more inspiration, and more creativity. At the same time, it doesn't grasp me. I don't feel the need to listen to this over and over. Or to get back to very soon.

All in all, I rate this one 3 stars. Good, but it also is non-essential. But three stars is a high rating in my book.

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