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Porcupine Tree


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The Crow
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4 stars What a great idea, to include this small EP in the remastered version of "Up the Downstair"!

Thanks to that, we can enjoy this curious collection of psychodelic beauty, with the original sound of the second Porcupine Tree album... This sound is, in the other hand, anything but bad. The drum machine is cool, not very artificial, and the dreamy guitars and keyboards they all sound in the right place.

The style of this five songs are even more psychedelic than "Up the Downstair", with longer and more minimalistic instrumental passages. Only in The Joke's on You we can hear the Steve Wilson's voice... Songs like Navigator or Rainy Taxy are little modern psychedelic classics. And while they had maybe not worked properly in "Up the Downstair", wich is more diverse and dynamic, like a separated EP they sound compact and coherent. "Staircaise Infinities" is similar in concept to "Nil Recurring"... It's related with the original album, but it works better separated from it.

Best tracks: the five tracks are similar in quality... They are all good!

Conclusion: if you want to hear the most psychedelic side of Porcupine Tree, and you feel bored hearing things like "Voyage 34", then give this little EP an opportunity... It's one of the best psychedelic releases of the 90's, in my opinion. Nevertheless, if you are a die-hard fan of the last Porcupine Tree's albums, maybe you'll dislike "Staircase Infinities".

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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