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Porcupine Tree


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Fight Club
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5 stars Well for some reason I can't log in as bionicfog which I used for my other reviews, so w/e...

Wow! This is one of those albums that just immediately hits you as something remarkable. Like the first time listening to Dark Side of the Moon as a kid, then hearing it again years later and still thinking to yourself "wow this is just one of the most unique sounds an artist has ever achieved" The Sky Moves Sideways is exactly like that. Possibly the essential masterpiece of PT's early era. There is so much to enjoy on this album and as long as some of the songs are, it keeps your attention all the way. Few albums allow someone to forget everything and float away as easily as this one does. From the beginning synth of TSMS Phase One until the end of Phase Two the listener is completely entranced. The title track offers some really trippy sections that just swirl your head around, eventually leading to a beautiful melancholy outro section in which you just feel your thoughts swimming out of your head. The rest of the album is no different. There are some very crunchy riffs, but they only add to the ethereal quality of the album. Each track serves as an aid linkin each section of the album as a whole, because keep in mind this is no collection of songs, this album is an adventure in itself. One highlight might I add is the highly improvisational Moonloop. This track is a whopping 17 minutes, but IMO does not bore for a second. It's one of those things that you can listen to on a nice summer day and it surrounds you in the fascination and appreciation of the life energy all around. One of the greatest ambient tracks ever created, really stunning. The album closes with TSMS Phase Two which offers quite some epic moments leaving you with the conclusion that you have just experienced near enlightenment. This is album is what some may call a "lightbulb moment" for me. After hearing In Absentia I thought nothing could come close to those feelings again, and the PT stunned me again. Essential: a masterpiece of ANY music.

Fight Club | 5/5 |


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