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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.00 | 1518 ratings

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Erik Nymas
4 stars Something in the air

Ok I've spent alot of time listening this, like 5 days or so... all to be sure to make a good review, after these 5 days I can be sure of 2 things: I still like it and it's not a full-prog album. After this introduction let's see the album... we have 12 songs (11 and a 24 sec track to be exact) 2 instrumentals and 10 song to sing, I say to sing 'cause there's not an istrumental part, not even in the 8-and-half minute Don't Hate Me where from the half of the song we have a good sax and some guitars, so why I like it?

Answer: It seems to be the last album of the old-psychedelic-PT, or at least a change in their kind of music. Wilson here talk about his career, about the way to become a musician and he makes trought these 12 song from Even Less (when he talks about his friend) to Stop Swimming (where he ask to himself if it isn't better to stop, Maybe it's time to find out where I'm at), from here we have a redundance of chorus on every song (exactly where it would be the music) that makes the songs perfect to sing while driving (yep maybe this is the best way to fit it) or for tidy up the home... anyway we have a strong PT album with good tunes and exactly sequel of Signify (at least in atmosphere), even if we lost the ambience, the small lyrics parts and the strong composition to gain some of the best lyrics from Wilson and the impression that the voice is like an extension of the instruments (the beginning of A Smart Kid make the point, even if the song is nothing special taken alone), the instrumental Tinto Brass is a complex part where we see something that we'll lose in the next albums: a strong pyschedelic track that reminds me some of the dark parts of King Crimson's last albums, while Stupid Dream is the last Signify-like passage of PT, lost too in the future albums

In the complex a good album, not a masterpiece and not even the first album of PT to listen, but in the complete picture of their career is a good step and worth the 5 days spent on it. 4/5 for this not-so-stupid dream and no bonus, sorry Wilson u got nothing special if I don't mention the 5 days spent to be able to understand it.

Erik Nymas | 4/5 |


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