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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.
10Porcupine Tree
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 filler.
9Porcupine Tree
The Incident


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 House.
8Porcupine Tree
In Absentia


Overrated to Hell. Blackest Eyes, Trains, The Sound of Muzak and Heartattack in a Layby are fantastic. The rest are good-meh.
7Porcupine Tree
Stupid Dream


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...
6Porcupine Tree
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.
5Porcupine Tree
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.
4Porcupine Tree
Deadwing


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.
3Porcupine Tree
Signify


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.'
2Porcupine Tree
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.
1Porcupine Tree
Lightbulb Sun


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.
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