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Porcupine Tree


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3.04 | 973 ratings

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3 stars Out of place, out of time, an in-joke, anything you like, this 'debut' is still an impressive collection of sounds and sentiments signalling STEVEN WILSON's prodigious talent.

'Debut' is in inverted commas because this collection is culled from two previously issued cassettes. These cassettes are contemporaneous with the first material issued by NO-MAN, of whom WILSON was a part. So this is less of a debut and more of a 'story so far'.

The material here is unabashedly psychedelic, a throwback to the late 1960s, WILSON's pretence at being a real band. I suspect there's a degree of retrospective embarrassment at this effort, though there ought not to be. Yes, much of the material is dispensable, but it certainly reflects the period he is trying to simulate. With drugged-out lyrics (not WILSON's, by and large, which explains why they're so much more upbeat than anything he's done since) and trippy music, WILSON manages to make his tape loops, electronic drums and overdubbed instruments sound like a real band.

There are plenty of highlights, not just the well-known worthy tracks such as 'Radioactive Toy' and 'Nine Cats', but also the weird 'Space Transmission', the druggy 'Jupiter Island' - a counterpart to 'Itchycoo Park' - and the ambient 'It Will Rain For A Million Years'.

This is not indispensable PORCUPINE TREE. In fact, it's not really PORCUPINE TREE at all. But it's enormous fun. It's just the sort of thing you ought to listen to as an antidote to some of the more pompous offerings out there - including, dare I say it, some of Mr. WILSON's own latter efforts.

russellk | 3/5 |


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