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|Porcupine Tree Ranked (again)|
Yeah, I'm sure people have ranked Porcupine Tree's discography a million
times - but I'm fresh out of inspiration for reviews. Anyway, here's my take
on their albums.
On The Sunday of Life
Essentially, there are four good songs here; Radioactive Toy, Nostalgia Factory,
Nine Cats, and The Swallows Dance Above the Sun. The rest is like an album of
Nice, summery melodies and a lot of cool nuances, but it doesn't really go
anywhere. Highlights include I Drive the Hearse, Black Dahlia, Time Flies and Blind
Overrated to Hell. Blackest Eyes, Trains, The Sound of Muzak and Heartattack in a
Layby are fantastic. The rest are good-meh.
Damn, this feels low to be putting such a great album. A few of the songs never
really did much for me here though (This is No Rehearsal mainly). Nevertheless the
album contains some of PT's best songs; Stop Swimming, Even Less, A Smart Kid...
Fear of a Blank Planet
Despite the lyrical content (Preach, Wilson, preach!), I really enjoy this album. It's
dark and moody and it flows perfectly. There's some great melodies and well-placed
heavy sections here. Being only 6 tracks long, it's also more or less devoid of filler
and engaging the whole way through.
Up The Downstair
Similar to 'The Sky Moves Sideways' in a lot of ways, but not quite as good.
Nevertheless this is a melodic, trippy album with some really great tunes; the
Britpop-infused Synesthesia is totally infectious, instrumentals Up the Downstair
and Burning Sky are very impressive, while Fadeaway provides a perfect, emotional
closer. It's also worth noting the bonus disc on the Digipak edition - comprised of
the Staircase Infinities EP - is equally as enjoyable as the album material.
Of all the "new PT" albums, Deadwing is undoubtedly my favorite. The "metul"
influences are well-placed and don't feel unnecessary; the experimental, mellow
progressive side shines too. 'Arriving Somewhere...' is unarguably one of Wilson's
finest achievements, emerging with desolate, melodic progressive verses before
exploding into a dramatic, metallic midsection.
Dark and trippy, it's got the magic of the more Floydian PT, but also the instant
likability of the follow-ups Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun. Clearly Dark Matter is
one of the best tracks this band ever created; Idiot Prayer, Waiting and Sever are
also highlights. In fact, except for a few bits and pieces, pretty much all of this
album could be considered a 'highlight.'
The Sky Moves Sideways
Pink Floyd rip-off? Yeah. But this is still one of their best, beaten only marginally by
Lightbulb Sun. The two phases of the title track are the obvious highlights - the
second phase brings the album to a close with some of Wilson's best (and very
dramatic) guitarwork. Stars Die is another great song - but whether or not it's
included depends which version of this album you're buying.
My long-standing favourite. Love how the album progresses, starting off with
summery Britpop melodies and descending into rather long-winded, depressive,
tense prog. Shesmovedon, The Rest Will Flow and Russia on Ice are some of the
best songs this band ever created.
|VERY surprised to see 'In absentia' so low. That & 'Deadwing' would be my top 2. Nil recurring not included as it's an EP?. |
|7 and 10 need higher|
|yea the top 5 are good choices just seems odd that someone who rates lightbulb wouldnt rate stupid dream a lot higher than 7|
|fuck yeah you got 1 right, but come on 7 should be higher|
|The Sky Moves Sideways|
Up the Downstair
Fear of a Blank Planet
On the Sunday of Life
|could not agree more with 8 although I do think that's still a bit low|
deadwing is one of my favorite albums of all time
|incident is last|
|incident is last |
FoaBP, Deadwing, In Absentia at the top for me
|generally 2 sets of people, those that rate everything from in absentia highest and those that rate all that came before highest|
|7 is 1 but i still respect the ones you put above it, at least they're not in absentia|
|also, question: How does This is No Rehearsal do nothing for you? That song's great, especially the outro, plus the fact that it leads into the 3 best songs on the album.|
|LOL this list|
|Stupid Dream > Signify > FOABP > The Incident = Deadwing > Lightbulb sun|
|Same here, The incident is great, Just because it hasn't got stand out tracks doesn't make it bad, it flows great and there isn't a bad song.|
Just to be clear, the creator has a mastertape is a horrendous song
|"also, question: How does This is No Rehearsal do nothing for you? That song's great, especially the outro, plus the fact that it leads into the 3 best songs on the album."|
I just don't think it works. A song about a toddler who was kidnapped and tortured by a couple of 10 year old kids that's also really jaunty and upbeat? What? Wilson's always been a little weird, but c'mon..
And I feel bad putting Stupid Dream so low but I do prefer the others above it tbh.
|Seeing these fellas perform Russia On Ice live...was like nothing I've ever experienced. |