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One Of the Albums of The Decade

It's no secret to their fans that porcupine tree could most likely, if they wanted, be the biggest band in the world. Steve Wilson has a creative vein several fathoms deep that produces a seemingly unending stream of astounding music.

This is easilly the most accessible album of theirs with no long songs and a far simpler style. Having been drawn to them initially for their 70's Pink Floyd Influences I was aprehensive of this. However rather than sounding like coldplay, muse or any other band that have more devoted followers than they could need (or deserve), this album is a delicate stark example of musical ability.

The opener 'Blackest Eyes' is a dare I say it catchy rocker full of hooks, but still twists and turns the way long time listeners have come to expect, as does 'Trains'. 'Lips of Ashes' sounds a bit more old school. The gentle guitar and synths build slowly around Wilson's mournful lyrics. I could go on but every song offers something different and remarkable. The standout for me is the heart wrending 'Heart arttack in a Lay By' A minimalistic song about... well... a man who has a heart attack in a lay by. It's one of the most haunting, beautiful pieces of music I have ever had the privilage of hearing. It leaves the listener emotionally drained in a way VERY few musicians are capable of.

having given this album a collossal tounge bath for three paragraphs now i feel i have begun to do justice to how truely great it is, suffice to say if you are a fan, you need this. now. If uninitiated, I couldn't think of a better place to start.

Possibly the closest to perfection an album can get?

I dont think i'll ever stop listening to this album. Its probably the most commercially viable album PT have ever done and definately one of my favourites out of the 1000's of cd's i own. its probably up there in my top 10 releases of all time. Steven Wilson is a lyrical and musical genius, Gavin Harrison is one of the most gifted drummers of his time.
Sound Of Muzak is possibly one of the best tracks ever and other stand outs include Heart Attack In A Layby, .3 and Prodigal.
If your new to PT and are looking for something better and different to every other rock band out there, this is the place to start. Trust me, give this a listen and you'll end up wanting to get your hands on everything they've ever done.

A Terrific Album

I've been a fan of PT for many years now and they have evolved through many styles and sounds. This album finds them combining the darkness of their Signify album with beautiful melodies and song writing and occasionally some seriously overdriven guitar riffs. PT takes the heavy aspects on to their later albums which in my opinion do not have the same class of this album. The first to tracks alone make the whole album worthwhile buying, Gravity Eyelids is in the vein of older PT, Wedding Nails doesn't do it for me; but Heartattack in a Layby is just wonderful.
This is modern progressive rock at its best.


Formed: 1987 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though he initially came to wider attention (at least in the U.K.) with No-Man, his long-running collaboration with Tim Bowness throughout the '90s, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson gained as much of a reputation for Porcupine Tree. Embracing and exploring prog rock inspirations while always keeping an ear out for newer musical connections, thus sidestepping the pointless revivalism of many of the band's peers, Porcupine Tree has created some noteworthy albums and songs over the years, continuing full-strength...
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