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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.25 | 2481 ratings

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4 stars Oh man, more Porcupine Tree! I'm reviewing my collection so I can get it out of the way. Not that I want to that is. This record is so great, it's deserving of constant replays.

Now, i'm getting something out of the way here. What I've done is mixed Fear of a Blank Planet in with Nil Recurring. The songs are like this:

-FOABP -My Ashes -Cheating The Polygraph -Anesthetize -Sentimental -Normal -Way Out of Here -Sleep Together -Nil Recurring -What Happens Now?

I must say, this order makes for an amazing listen. But for the purposes of this review, I will review the original tracks and then go review Nil Recurring. Let's begin.

Fear of A Blank Planet. Click clack. This song is seriously, slowly becoming one of my favorite PT songs. It's so creative and the drumming is...admirable. It's the old stuff. There isn't too many drummers like Harrison out there these days and I appreciate this highly. The concept here, is the everyday life of a pill taking, computer addict. He basically explains everything that's going on in his life at the moment. Very interesting. The song itself is too good for words. Records like this take me awhile to make into words. This is the very reason I still haven't reviewed Selling England By the Pound. PERFECT song. (10/10)

My Ashes is a slower going little tune. I really disliked it at first, but it grew on me. The only thing I can't stand is the chorus's vocals. I have no idea, they sound like they were strangling Wilson. It bugs me. Other than that this song is very good. (9/10)

Anesthetize. I can't even begin to explain its epicness. It's...beyond epic. I won't go into details on this one, because I'll end up here at midnight finishing a review. Just to say this is the most progressive PT track ever. Seriously, I would get FOABP just for this track alone. (10/10)

Sentimental. What a landmark track. It's a beautiful song about the character wanting to stay young forever. The chorus brings a tear to my eye. Just, the best song on the album. (10/10)

Way Out Of Here, very ambient song. Fripp providing soundscapes with his frippertronics. Really effin cool. This song is really a get up and dance for me. I don't know why, I just get filled with energy whenever I hear it. Amazing track. (10/10)

Sleep Together, starts off a little like a Radiohead song. Very cool. This track, honestly, is good by itself. I just didn't like it as a closer for the record. It really didn't work. They should've thrown in the rest of Nil Recurring in there. Honestly, some of the songs on Nil are better then here. Right song, wrong place. (9/10)

So, basically, this is an epic album of great quality. The musicianship is Way out of here and the lyrics are great. It's just those two songs that make it miss the perfect 5 stars. I've vowed to never give anythign five stars unless each track was perfect. So there. 4.5 stars.

Treasure | 4/5 |


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