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Porcupine Tree


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3.95 | 536 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars An outstanding EP!

After the absolute masterpiece "Fear of a Blank Planet", Steve Wilson and his buddies released this short EP with only 4 tracks... But so full with good music, that it will please the most demanding prog listener!

"Nil Recurring" is for "Fear of a Blank Planet" what "Staircaise Infinities" was for "Up the Downstair"... It's similar in style and sound, but it doesn't really fit with the whole album. The orientation of these tracks is more psychedelic, experimental, and it requires more patience from the listener. Nevertheless, it's still very related with the original album. Even a pair of melodies (specially from Anesthetise...) are repeated in "Nil Recurring".

The sound of the EP is also excellent, specially the drums... I have no more adjectives left for Gavin Harrison. What a drummer! The Barbieri's keyboards have also a lot of protagonism, in detriment of Steve Wilson's voice (the EP is motly instrumental...) and guitars.

Conclusion: taking a pair of take offs from "Fair of a Blank Planet", and some new recordings, Porcupine Tree released this very worthy EP, wich is a pefect extension for a great album in a more psychedelic and experimental way, wich also brings to the mind the older band's style, but with the incredible musicianship that the group has gained through the years. A very recommended EP, and totally obligated for fans!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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