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Porcupine Tree


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The Truth
5 stars The perfect Porcupine Tree.

This is their best album to me and it probably will never be surpassed by any further releases because of one thing: The circumstances under which this album was made were perfect! It is the perfect mix of their spacey side, their experimental Signify-esque side, they're poppy Stupid Dream side, and their soon to be metal side. The formula creates one tasty treat.

The Stupid Dream side and the metal side are mixed in the title track and it is my favorite track on the album for many reasons. The lyrical theme reminds me of Roger Water's Amused to Death and the fact that the song is insanely catchy! How Is Your Life Today? is a pretty little piano song on which Wilson shows off his high-pitched voice (the switch from title track to this makes them so genre-defiable) and Four Chords That Made a Million is a nice little catchy metal track. Shesmovedon is a pop oriented love song (another catchy one at that) which fades into Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled which displays some of their Signify sounding music. The Rest Will Flow continues the pop-rock stuff wonderfully and Hatesong mixes metal with their spacey sounding stuff. Where We Would Be sounds much like The Rest Will Flow (not a bad thing by any means) and Russia On Ice is the big epic that mixes almost every genre they've been a part of or are going to be a part of. Feel So Low is somewhat of a dismal way to end the album but it leaves you satisfied.

I'm not good at describing songs, that's not what I try to do, but this album is a truly progressive album by a band that was far from being progressive in their previous effort. They created something great here though and it deserves attention from any progressive rock fan.

The Truth | 5/5 |


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