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THE SKY MOVES SIDEWAYS

Porcupine Tree

 

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The Crow
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4 stars This is a brief review about the 2004 remastered version of The Sky Moves Sideways, from the much-missed Porcupine Tree!

And this was a very important album for Steven Wilson, because it supposed the transition from a solo project to a full time band which would make progressive music even bigger through the 90's and 00's. Because despite having recorded two songs on his own (Dislocated Day and The Moon Touches Your Shoulder) in this record he had the collaboration of all the musicians which made the first official line-up of Porcupine Tree: Colin Edwin on bass, Richard Barbieri on keyboards and Chris Maitland on drums.

And what can I say about the music? The Sky Moves Sideways was in my opinion a personal homage from Steven Wilson to their beloved Pink Floyd. The album has an structure similar to Wish You Were Here and despite having some similarities with Up The Downstairs, this record is much more psychedelic and space rock oriented, specially in the two marvelous long sections and the classic Stars Die, which are also the best songs of the album, mixed with the typical groovy and heavy riffs of the band.

The result is a truly excellent piece of work!

Best Tracks: The Sky Moves Sideways (I especially like the alternative version, which is 34 minutes long!), Stars Die and the coda of Moonloop.

Conclusion: despite a pair of forgettable pieces (Prepare Yourself and the improvised part of Moonloop) and the fact that is clearly a transition album, The Sky Moves Sideways is an excellent example of the best psychedelic-space rock imaginable.

Moreover, it served as the start of one of the most important band in prog in the last decades.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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