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DEADWING

Porcupine Tree

 

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Nash
5 stars A transitional porcupine tree album

Why transitional? Well, i think its like the case of Construcktion of light of King Crimson; this album is in the middle of two masterpieces of Porcupine Tree, In Absentia and FOABP. The sound is maybe the heavier of all band history, but still, it has several melodic songs, and many of them are great, and we also have a masterpiece.

Lets analice the songs:

Deadwing (8.5): A nice song, almost ten minutes of power. The most important thing about it is the rythm, Harrison drums are excellent and well followed by edwin bass. Barbieri and Wilson are quite good creating an obscure athmosphere, that follows the whole song.

Shallow (6.5): I think this is the most comercial song of Porcupine Tree history. Not bad at all, but its very repetitive, and heavy. The simplicity rules here.

Lazarus (10): The most beautiful song of the album, talking about the melodic ones. Barbieris work here is magnificent, showing why he is one of the bests keyboard players of this time. Wilson vocals are great, very sentimental.

Halo (9): Another hard song, but this one is quite better than the previous ones. The lyrics are remarcable, and Wilsons work with his voice and guitar are remarcable. Almost a masterpiece..almost..

Arriving Somewhere (10) : The masterpiece of this album. Almost an epic (12 minutes of duration), but its enough to enjoy and feel Porcupine Trees power. Here we can feel the band completely as an entity, they are all in an excellent level as a music players, and of course Wilsons work composing this song is admirable.

Mellotron Scratch (7.5): A good song, not more than that, here Wilson uses his acoustic guitar followed by Barbieris Keyboards, creating another obscure climate, that will be broken in the last part of the song, with a nice melody.

Open Car: (7.5) : This is the path that Shallow should have taken (but it didnt), its maybe a little comercial, but its not as simple as shallow, and it keeps the heavy feeling. Also as mellotron scratch, the end of this song is broken with a nice melody also followed by wilsons voice and acoustic guitar.

Start of something beautiful (7) : Nothing of mars, really, this song it is not simple, and I think that the mistake of it is that is not melodic, but also isnt heavy. However, its not bad at all and its a nice experience to enjoy.

Glass arm Shattering (9): The final song of the album. A beautiful melody is created by Barbieris keyboards and Wilsons guitars, also well followed by edwin bass and harrisons drums. A beautiful end.

To conclude, I think this album is a must to every prog rock listener and of course, essential to porcupine trees fans (as me). As I said in the beginning, consider it the middle beatween that two masterpieces; well, this its almost a masterpiece, and deserves to be listened

Nash | 5/5 |

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