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Porcupine Tree


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4.19 | 384 ratings

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This is a collection of 'out-takes' and re-worked songs from LIGHTBULB SUN and STUPID DREAM. The tracks also known as B-sides are usually rare, alternative versions or even regular ones originally supposed to be part of the album but didn't make it for many different reasons and doesn't necessarily mean that they are inferior or unwanted songs, actually sometimes happens that we find better versions on these releases than on the original source, and IMO, this is one of those cases.

No meaning that I don't like the tracks on SD and LS, as a matter of fact I love both, but I think as many reviewers that "Buying New Soul" is as good as or even better than some songs on the mentioned albums, and we've seen it become a real classic when PT is on stage. Also I like more the longer version of "Even Less" included here than the 7 minute one on STUPID DREAM.

And what to say about the other songs on the CD, I can't find one that I don't like but I would highlight "Cure For Optimism" a great mellow acoustic track that could perfectly fit in SIGNIFY. "Untitled" is an excellent instrumental space track in the typical PT sound, atmospheric and hypnotic, and "Ambulance Chasing" with a great job by Maitland and Edwin on the rhythm and the stunning guitar of Mr. Wilson all over the place.

This is an essential album to have in your collection and specially if you are a PT follower (if you can find it because is a limited edition), and if you are unfamiliar to the band, this compilation can give you an excellent general outlook of the band. Good luck.

5 full stars.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 5/5 |


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