Porcupine Tree
Lightbulb Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by Dragon_Prince USER (6 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2007 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the greatest albums in their discography which is overlooked by many.

Fear Of A Blank Planet was the most commercially succesful and anticipated album from Porcupine Tree. They had made a devoted fanbase that was constantly expending and were promoting their album live just after the Deadwing tour. When released most people loved it, it was diverse, it was epic and it was like nothing they have heard before. If you liked that album chances are big you liked Deadwing and In Absentia too. They had more similarities with Fear of a Blank Planet, which would make it more easier to get into. However Porcupine Tree had a completely other style before that, there are so many gems in their discography that it is hard to find them all, the one is better than the other, and to me, this is one of their best.

This album was made before Gavin Harrison was in the band, the drummer here is Chris Maitland. He has a more relaxed and subtle way of drumming, if you love Harrison's speed and double bass you will find something completely different here. But on this album everyone is playing more relaxed and more subtle, which makes it an album where every instrument is in complete harmony with the other, none of the instruments are really overwhelming.

However the diversity where Porcupine Tree is known for is more evident on this album, for instance the album's opener Lightbulb Sun is a summery of the entire album, from accoustic to hard riffs and from soft to hard. A song that is much different is the closer Feel So Low it is a soft piano driven track, which is repetive at times. Another completely different song is Shesmovedon it feels like a great rocking tune, nothing special, it is just great as it is.

But the best part of the album is called Russia On Ice, much praise has been given to this song. It is long and epic, with all kinds of styles mixed together and this with the end result. It opens rather calm with lyrics about a drinking problem(Vodka with Ice) and when the instrumental part kicks in it is becoming much harder and much more agressive. There is no bad word I can say about this song, the diversity is great and every part is exploited untill it could be any better.

Another great song on the album isLast Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recycled, it starts out accoustic and that is the first part of the song, there is nothing really special about that. But the second part is an instrumental part, where all instruments work together in a perfect harmoney. It is like a puzzle with more than a 1000 pieces and when they finally fit together you get a beautiful picture of the way Utopia is described by an optimist.

The rest of the album remains consistent, everything is good, and it has no real downsides. I would recommended to anyone who likes Porcupine Tree, to anyone who likes prog music and to anyone who likes more ambient pieces of music. This is a great album and one of the best things Porcupine Tree has produced in their carreer.

I give it a 4,5/5

Recommended tracks:
Russia On Ice
Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recycled
Lightbulb Sun
Shesmovedon



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NOTINTHEFACE
November 2nd 2007


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is Shesmovedon the same song as the bonus track at the end of Deadwing? I loved their last 3 albums, especially In Absentia. This will probably be the next album by them I get after I find Nil Recurring.

the2stranger
November 2nd 2007


130 Comments


Yeah, I think Shesmovedon appeared as a re-recorded bonus rack on Deadwing.

This is a pretty good review and I agree on this being overlooked a lot of the time.
But I really think Shesmoveon is one of the best moment on this album, along with Russia On Ice.

The review couldbe a bit longer.

Porcupine Tree need some more plays by me.

Dragon_Prince
November 2nd 2007


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gehe the revie was longer at first, but I deleted it the first them because I submitted without a grade ... So that was kind of stupid.

Correction
November 2nd 2007


188 Comments


porcupine tree blows alright review

Two-Headed Boy
November 2nd 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edit: I'm a fuckin moron for ever not liking these guys.

Dragon_Prince
November 2nd 2007


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Two-Headed Boy, I feel like FOABP is their worst album. This however together with Stupid Dream are special.

ZapatoDiablo
November 2nd 2007


167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album needs to be re-released so that I can buy it.

MoonlightBleeding
November 2nd 2007


452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of my least favorite PT albums. But it's still a 4, so that speaks volumes about PT.

SynGates
November 2nd 2007


2467 Comments


Haven't heard this, but I will soon. I like Deadwing and In Absentia, but FOABP not so much.

Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2007


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm one of those people that got into them through Opeth interviews dropping their name all the time... which means I only have their last three studio albums. It seems pretty damn difficult to figure out which one from the past should be the next purchase.This Message Edited On 11.02.07

Digging: Necropoli - I

Geedrummer
November 3rd 2007


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review for a good album. i prefer the four latest albums tho

Altmer
November 3rd 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty rockin' album

Dragon_Prince
November 4th 2007


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So this review only got negged ... What is bad about it? =S

Altmer
November 4th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

writing style is annoying (though I didn't neg as it's not too bad, just meh)This Message Edited On 11.04.07

Altmer
November 4th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also foabp and all their other later albums own this one (stupid dream included) but this album has russia on ice and feel so low so it's insta-win

Dragon_Prince
November 4th 2007


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What is annoying about my writing style, might be useful to know.



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