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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

3.67 | 1497 ratings

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3 stars "Kneel and disconnect" ?just disconnected-

First, a three star review is not bad OK? In fact, is a good but not essential album and I think this is the perfect album the exemplify that.

The heavy riffing of Wilson guitars here and there are really cool, the more atmospheric parts played with effects and keyboard oriented are good, the drumming of Harrison is great, as always, dynamic and fresh and is evident that the players understand each other in the best form. Is that enough to make a great album? My most honest answer is that no, is not enough and I will try to extend a little.

The music is enjoyable most of the time, especially if you like Alternative Rock with long arrangements, which PT is the best example and maybe the most successful Alternative Rock band in prog. The problem that I found of this production is the lack of any emotion what so ever. The vocal limitations of Steven Wilson are evident and at the end, his interpretation is lame, boring and cold. Most of the time, I feel that the music rescue that but hearing Wilsons vocals I just wonder how far is the next instrumental break, is just like that.

There's no emotion shared in this music, no matter if the song talks about anger, sadness, happiness or whatever, he just brings out depressive vocals and I feel so empty about it. So, maybe the PT fans are use to it, but I feel that Deadwing and In Absentia, Wilson brought out a little more emotion and the music is more alive than here.

For new fans, don't start here if you want to hear Porcupine Tree, listen to In Absentia better. For the rest, if you like Alternative Rock in prog, I suggest Oceansize more than this. Of course, if you don't want emotion but just pure cold catchy music in a depressive way, here is your album.

I wonder how cool could be PT with a better singer, of course, Wilson is the essence of PT, but I might like it a lot more. No highlights in this album, it's supposed to be a conceptual album so, give it a try if you like the description above, or if you don't agree with me about the essence of music. 3 stars.

jampa17 | 3/5 |


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