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Porcupine Tree


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3.85 | 1364 ratings

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3 stars Hmm...weird. The difference between this album and "Lightbulb Sun" is amazing. This one is based on ambient backgrounds and rhythms more than anything else. It creates a dark, hopeless air about it with every song. "Bornlivedie" is an ambient, short song which compares life to the minute of odd background textures that this song creates, and "Signify" is a fairly simple metal riff embellished throughout the song (not unlike YES' "Wurm" movement of "Starship Troope"r from "The Yes Album"). Next is "Sleep of no dreaming, which creates a hopeless air and actually retains a song structure instead of being ambient like the other songs.

"Pagan" is a short ambient piece with a repeated sound. "Waiting (Phase One)" is a very nice song, built around some nice melodies and hints of dark ambience. Phase Two is essentially a more ambient Phase One, but without the vocals and with rhythmic drumming added. "Sever" is another slow, depressing song (with structure this time), followed by "Idiot Prayer," another ambient musical section, this time with an interesting synth beat and vocal loop. "Every Home is Wired" is another song, this time about the internet, and is (suriprise!) depressing and unnoticeable. Then we go to "Intermediate Jesus," an ambient piece in the vein of "Idiot Prayer," and "Light Mass Prayer," a very boring repeated ambient sound. Then it's "Dark Matter," which really isn't that much more exemplary.

There are some good points and concepts, like the ambient "Bornlivedie" intro, pieces of "Signify", "Waiting," and the better parts of the ambient instrumentals "Idiot Prayer" and "Intermediate Jesus," but mostly the album falls flat. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, I just don't think it stands out. It's okay stuff, but I wouldn't recommend it and I think your listening time is better spent with something else.

penguindf12 | 3/5 |


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