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Porcupine Tree


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3.04 | 975 ratings

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3 stars Porcupine Tree - 'On the Sunday of Life.' 3 stars

Well now, time to get around to Porcupine Tree's stuff. Porcupine Tree is my favorite modern band. There is just so much to their evolution. They are always combining new elements and ideas to give each new album a fresh display of power. This band is more of a project of Steven Wilson alone, backed with some great musicians. This album, and for a few to come, only have him as not only the composer, but the performer with all the instrumentation (except for drums mainly).

'On the Sunday of Life' is more of a compilation then an album. The songs are taken from two cassette releases: 'Tarquin's Seaweed Farm' and 'The Nostalgia Factory' in the years 1989 and 1991 respectively. Regardless, this is an important album for Porcupine Tree. This album branches out all of the possibilities that the band could have taken the road down. The song that can somewhat be a reference is 'Radioactive Toy', and there is none other even close to that on the album!

I'm not much of a fan of Psychedelic music (yet!), but I can certainly say this is not a bad CD by any means. It has the humorous lyrics and the spacey atmosphere, a trademark of the genre, I guess.

The main instrument focus is on the guitar and keyboards. In my opinion, the guitar was quite outdone by the keyboard work. To me, there seemed to be a greater amount of maturity and focus on a 'trippy' feel with the keyboards. Also, there are quite a few decent chops thrown in here and there. The guitar work was by no means negative, but there is a really big presence of Gilmour in Wilson's guitar playing. It was only notable in the solos, which were pretty impressive, especially on the best song on the album 'Radioactive Toy'. The drums were created by a machine and were extremely annoying, just constant unfulfilling beats.

The album contains some decent psyche material, enough to call this a good album, nothing more or less. If one checks this material out without expecting the same amount of grace you will receive from future PT releases, it's once again, a good album.

ProgBagel | 3/5 |


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