For all its' strengths it's a little too derivative of Floyd. If I wasn't spacing out I was just thinking about WYWH. Adding a few electronic textures and some cool guitar lines just isn't enough when the main inspiration is so painfully obvious, and makes it sound dated. But criticisms aside this is still massively enjoyable, the t/t is still great of course and the middle songs are among their best
This album has a collectively bigger feel than any of the previous outings, and more of a feeling of a whole unit coming together. With Porcupine Tree being an official band by this point, it's pretty clear that the members behind Wilson bring more to the table than just the ability to play an instrument. Broad, sprawling, and pretty intense at times, The Sky Moves Sideways is a pretty solid outing.
This album tries very hard to be Wish You Were Here. The band has even bookended the title track just like PF did with Shine on You Crazy Diamond. The songs are all pretty much in a similar format, with The Moon Touches Your Shoulder being something of a Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here hybrid. There are also many Gilmour-influenced spacy guitar solos. Luckily, the darker atmospheres and the ambient/techno influences save this album from being Pink Floyd, part II. Porcupine Tree would later use this prog-rock blueprint to mix it with other styles, effectively broadening their musical range. This just shows their prog-side at its best.
Amazing album, anybody whether it be a fan of Porcupine tree or not , would more than likely enjoy this album. There's plenty of influences from psychadelic, classical , even some electronic . One of PT's best