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Porcupine Tree


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4 stars This celebrated release by Porcupine Tree is also one of the group's most distinct, in that it features lengthy, sprawling compositions with rich sonic soundscapes punctuated by uniquely intense and memorable builds. All in all-- an oustanding early release.

The group's early reputation for being similar to Pink Floyd is most defendable with this album. While I disagree with this comparisson as a general thing, it's hard to deny that the long, slow builds and airy keyboard textures bares a resemblance to "Wish You Were Here", but that's about it. "Sky Moves Sideways" feels very calculated, precise, and-- when the tempo picks up-- very exciting. These heavy moments are the highlight of the album, made so thanks to expert composition by Wilson, who uses them with great emotional and musical effect. The group's playing is oustanding, with Barbieri's keyboards almost stealing the show from Wilson's lengthy guitar solos. To top it off we're given wonderfully cryptic lyrics and a memorable vibe to carry us away.

I imagine "Sky Moves Sideways" as having a much broader appeal than PT's more divisive recent works; it is very easy to listen to and offers something for everyone. A great release!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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