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Porcupine Tree


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3 stars This album, just like Fear of a blank planet, is just barely under the five star rating. But just like Foabp it has two downfall songs that keep the album from reaching the masterpiece level IMHO. Hear is my review of Deadwing!

Deadwing- Excellent opener, with the first minuete being Barbari just hitting the key's, with a very robotic feeel, you know your in for a good song. The intro riff is nothing like blackest eyes though, tes it's in drop D, but it's not distorted and definetaly not metal, but still has a very dark mood to it though. After the first verse, the song goes into a heavier mode, where the singing is more like talking, and you can almost hear Mikeal Akerfeldt (Opeth) more than Wilson. Afterwords a solo by the prog god Adrian Belew than a very heavy part, with the metal sound exclusively to Porc Tree. Sadly the rest of the song kinda meanders for the next five minuetes. 4/5

Shallow- Probably my least favirote trck on the album, all it is, is a wannabe classic rock song. I cant even tell if it is even supposed to be a metal song or not! 2/5

Lazarus- Very very pretty song, not very progressive, but shows off SW piano skill! Very serene and melodic, I think most of us believe that Steven does not have the prettiest voice in the world, but the man is smart with his voice overs and can make the ugliest voice sound beautiful. 4/5

Halo- The second ugly song, preventing the album to rise into a higher level of rating. A God basher... need I say more? 2/5

Arriving somewhere but not here- THE most beautiful song Porcupine tree has come out with ever. This is the epic of the album, and obviously the best on it. It starts out porc tree signature spacey, then evolves into an acoustic ballad section. The concept of the song starts here, I think it's about a mother and a child together in a car in the middle of the woods, when they stop for awhile and end up getting shot, and are transitioning into another life. Anyway the bridge to the song is beautiful, amazing vocals and acoustic guitar! Right after the bridge, a guitar solo, another verse, chorus, bridge, Metal passage, all with completely awesome musicianship!Then an Akerfeldt solo with a bit more singing and a very spacey electric outro. 5/5

Mellotron scratch- A nice laid back song to relieve yourself of arriving somewhere, but with a little bit of jam session at the end. Anyway's this song has very nice vocals without the voice over's and no soloing, which is kinda nice after the last four out of five having almost bit of an overdose of both of those.4.5/5

Open car- another kinda classic rockish song, but with smarter instrumentation and darker tones. The chorus is kinda nice too, so I guess it gets alot accomplished in three in a half minuetes. 3,5/5

The start of something beautiful. Though not as good as arriving somewhere, still worthy of a five. Just a classic porcupine tree song, with strange instrumentation, and eerie lyrics, that are actually great, especially the "you thought this was the start of something beautiful, well think again"! Kind of a slap in the face, and a great one liner that you might want to say to a punk band or something =)!!!!!!!!!! The last two minuetes are the greatest though, I cant tell if the solo is on the synth or on the guitar, eitherway, it's awesome! 5/5

Glass arm shattering- just a pretty song, no bad parts, even though they say the same two lines over nd ver again, and that there is a five minuete line of NOTHING at the end. great closer though.4/5

Shesmovedon*- good song, but just an edit or whatever, so you might already know it......./5


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