Porcupine Tree
Lightbulb Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by AvantKiller USER (5 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Probably one of my favourites in the Porcupine Tree's solid discography and career, and one of the coolest.

The first time I listened to Lightbulb Sun, I did it just because of "Hatesong". I watched the "Arriving Somewhere..." DVD and was digging the concert songs, so I heard to all the song in their studio versions, by owning the albums. When I heard the first self-titled track, I thought "What? This song don't have nothing to do with 'Hatensong'". But I kept listening. And suddenly I get the album. It was not just one of those albums where all the songs are just misplaced, those ones which you pick up some nice songs and record it without any sense of criteria.

Something I love in Steven Wilson's albums self-production, something I'm trying to introduce in my own works, is the care with the positioning and lenght in his songs. Something that just destroys many Neo-Progressive bands is the thought that all of the songs have to be extremely lenghty. Ok, I don't have any problems with songs lenght, sure I don't, I even heard to 40-minutes long songs, or even longer. But repeating a riff for 20 minutes straight is not "to be progressive".

Returning for the point. The positioning: Sounds like Wilson makes a Feng Shui in his tracklist, taking care of positioning the songs in order to make them flow better. It's incredible how he makes all the songs float like a feather in your ears.

"Lightbulb Sun" is an Porcupine Tree's regular ballad (but not average). It has a catchy refrain, a great (as usual) guitar solo and lyrics, like always, figurative. How is your life today is a piano ballad, very cool, it's a short song, but I simply loved it. Even the "lalala" on the middle is nice. Four chords that made a Million" is another Porcupine Tree's regular song. It have a heavy rhytm, nice percussion and great bass lines, and a regular refrain, a simple Metal song, in addition of the cool percussion.

"Shesmovedon" is that kind of "to-become-a-single" song. It's a romantic ballad, with great guitar (that distortions in the solo makes me go insane), but the bass lines really caught my attention. If you listen carefully you can hear what I'm talking about. Then, comes the mysterious "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth before it is Recycled" (Long ass name!), the chords are really great, the acoustic guitar solo is very, very remarkable for me, and the keyboards on the instrumental piece makes you travel in the song theme, an obscure 1981 ritual suicide incident during a comet passage. Creeping. Specially in the sampler of the tape recorded before the ritual.

"The rest will Flow" is another nice ballad. Nothing to say, just a regular ballad. "Hatesong"! Oh, "Hatesong". Nice bass lines, great guitar mind***, a spectacular lenghty instrumental and nice drums. Worths a lot the hearing. Where We Would be" is one of my Porcupine Tree's favourite ballads. It's hard to explain how that song freeze my skin in the refrain. Even the instrumental is very good. Spot in the guitar. Very beautiful song. I love it.

But my big highlight goes to the 13 minutes long mind***. One of my favourite Porcupine Tree's epics. The intro is travelling, the lyrics are great (Something about alcohol abuse, I guess), the bass lines in the start of the long instrumental piece is very ***ing nice, the guitar long solo is ridiculously great and the orchestral passage and another weird instruments, like the "berimbal", is very nice. Experimentalism I adore. "Feel So Low" closes the album with the landmark "fading away despair" of the early Porcupine Tree atmospheric albums. Lovely. Worths the buying.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2010


6268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

with the positioning and lenght in his songs

I don't have any problems with songs lenght

length


I even heard to 40-minutes long songs

I even listened to


It have a heavy rhytm

has, rhythm


You should have proofread it a couple o' times before upload.

Plus, your text could be a lot more coherent, generally speaking.




This is the first PT album i listened to. A true masterpiece.

Steve Wilson should get back at this songwriting mood ASAP.

Digging: Electric Moon - Innside Outside

Gyromania
August 22nd 2010


15962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this is way rushed. Porcupine Tree pretty much suck, except for songs here and there; their albums don't work well as a cohesive unit. The Incident is the best one I've heard so far.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2010


6268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Incident is the best one I've heard so far

i would say it's pretty boring. A 3/5 for me.

That metal thing Steve Wilson tries to pull is starting to wear off in the last two PT records.

Gyromania
August 22nd 2010


15962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know man, it has some of their best songs. Drive The Hearse is pretty much the best thing Wilson has ever done, if you ask me. I love individual tracks from their albums, but I think they bore overall. I haven't heard this one yet, but I don't have much inclination to

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2010


6268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The second CD from The Incident is indeed great.

But the first is uneven.

Try to listen to Lightbulb Sun.

It is still fresh and unpretentious, ten years past its first release.

Terrifyer
August 22nd 2010


3403 Comments


this is one of their worst albums imo

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2010


6268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's not metal, i can say that much.

But the music is worth it.

Oh and that drummer they had on this, Chris Meitland, superb drumming.

Terrifyer
August 22nd 2010


3403 Comments


idk i just prefer Stupid Dream and the earlier stuff to everything else the band has done

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2010


6268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, i can see where you are coming from now.

Yes, Lightbulb Sun can be grossly seen as the band's transition from psychedelic rock to prog rock and prog metal.

But it isn't that different from Stupid Dream or Signify imho.

I may be wrong though.

MeatSalad
August 22nd 2010


14900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The grammar in this review makes me cringe.

Digging: The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site

scissorlocked
August 22nd 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lightbulb sun is a great album,I suppose

personally I prefer Signify or Stupid dream,but this one features many classics

Shesmovedon is brilliant and Russia on ice is flirting with so many of the band's faces

Digging: Distance - Outer Limits

NeutralThunder12
August 22nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

love this album, easily my favorite from PT, maybe Fear is better. Definitely better than In Absentia. Russia on Ice is fucking omfg

Photon
August 23rd 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^best PT song

bailar11
August 23rd 2010


2433 Comments


in absentia is their best

you nigs are crazy

but that song does slay

kangaroopoo
August 23rd 2010


3175 Comments


This is last on my PT rankings. The music and vocals are too stripped back. Missing the ambience and psychedelia of their early albums and the intensity and emotion of their subsequent ones.

DrNeoCortex
August 23rd 2010


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album and Stupid Dream are my favorite PT albums without a doubt. Plenty of good tunes on this one here, I think the balance of pop-catchyness and prog rock were balanced just right. Songs like " Last Chance to Evacuate.." and "russia on ice" are classic PT staples, along with the title track.

But I did think the Incident was pretty good, better overall as an album than Fear in my opinion, but the best moments on Fear are better than the Incidents best moments.

Its funny though on the shorter songs on The Incident like " Your Unpleasant Family" " Great Expectations" and "The Seance" sound ALOT like this Stupid Dream/Lightbulb Sun era. Its bittersweet.

sorry for the super long comment.

DrNeoCortex
August 23rd 2010


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow stupid edits.



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