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Porcupine Tree


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4.57 | 543 ratings

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5 stars Arriving Somewhere... may not be the best starting point for a newbie looking to see what Porcupine Tree is about. It starts out quite heavy with Open Car and Blackest Eyes. That might be just enough to scare the faint of heart away before the band has a chance to show their variety. This is a band that changes its style every few albums. Even this DVD does not really give a full representation of their wide range.


If you are even a casual fan of the band and do not have this DVD, put you mind at ease, put aside your doubts, dig out your credit card and just be done with it. It is a musical treat from start to finish.

The band is not exactly effervescent and animated on stage, and the visual imagery is often dark, but if you know anything about Steven Wilson that should come as no surprise. But the music is stunning. The band's dedication to their craft is amazing. One example: During one song the drummer (Gavin) does a drum fill by licking his finger and swiping it across the drum head creating a quick, sharp 'smearing' sound. It's so fast you don't even realize what you've seen or even why he did it. I backed it up four times just to see what the hell he was doing. A marvelous attention to a (seemingly) insignificant detail. This is a band of consummate musicians who love their craft.

The music is heavy, delicate, dark, and often beautiful. At the risk of sounding pretentious it takes more than one listen to appreciate the subtlety amidst the heavy sounds coming at you from your speakers.

Frogfoot | 5/5 |


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