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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B000FVRRH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Mutton on 25 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
This review is based upon the original release of this classic Prog Rock album, Stupid Dream.

Opening with the anthemic hard hitting yet simply constructed "Even Less" (rumoured to be presented in full fourteen minute version on this disc), the album moves on to softer terrain such as the melody-lush "Piano Lessons" and "Pure-Narcotic". These light-indie tinged classics present the true radio-friendly side of Porcupine Tree possibly in its peak and purest form.

The album's centre-piece "Don't Hate Me" stands as a true Pink Floyd tribute with the ending outro section sounding similar to several Floyd classics.

"This is No Reheasal" and "Stranger by the Minute" follow more of the Radio designed mould before the instrumental "Tinto Brass" kicks in, very interestingly formed, Tinto Brass could well be the best track on the album but for Even Less (Pt.I, seven minutes edit on the original releases).

Finally, "Stop Swimming" serves as a gentle closer to a well crafted finely mixed album of melody, hints of prog and hard rock riffs. For Prog and Porcupine Tree fans this is a must and truly demonstrates the bands evolution.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Silver on 17 May 2007
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Along with Lightbulb Sun, this album tends to get a bit of a bashing amongst the PT faithful. It does retain a far more poppy sound, and Wilson himself acknowledged that on the pair of albums, he was focused more on the songs themselves, rather than how they fitted together into an album. Nevertheless, any fans of Porcupine Tree's lighter sounds will certainly find themselves right at home here, and I honestly think that this is one of PT's strongest albums, in terms of depth! Rarely will you find a poor track, and the songs are great to listen to, particularly when in a mellow mood. Edwin's bass is ever-present yet quietly dignified whilst driving the songs along, Harrison's drumming is as excellent as ever, and Barbieri really steps to the fore with some wonderfully constructed piano pieces and soundscapes. Whilst nowhere near as intense as In Absentia or Deadwing, as bizarre as Up The Downstair or On The Sunday of Life, Stupid Dream still manages to weigh in heavily. I'll go through the songs, and give a few opinions on them, in the hope that I can give a better insight into this excellent album!

-The album kicks off with 'Even Less', widely regarded as a fan favourite, as well as often being in PT's live setlists when on tour. The melodramatic opening riff is unique, and the song is very competently written. An excellent opening!

-Piano Lessons follows this, far more poppy, and perhaps summing up the album on the whole. If you compare the steady rhythm to numerous pop songs, you'd probably get a similar type of sound, but they make it work here. Bizarre lyrics, but that's nothing new. :P

-The title track is next, and is a quick 30 second instrumental filler piece, Nothing special, though it links the tracks either side of it together nicely. Very ambient.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2001
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Having been a rock music fan since the late 70's I had become a little jaded until I heard this release. I bought this album off the back of a review and would have to say this is possibly one of the most evocative records I have ever heard. Swirling guitars, excellent hooks and strong melodies combine for a truely glorious experience. Some say Pink Floyd influences which may be marginally true but, frankly, who cares when the music is this good. I have subsequently bought Lightbulb Sun and Signify by the same band but find this the most accessible to the uninitiated. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gascoyne on 2 Aug 2008
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I LOVE this album. Simple as that. If you are new to Porcupine Tree (I heard 'In Absentia' a month ago and demanded to know who it was) then this is the one to get first. In Absentia is a bit annoying in that it suddenly goes into thrashy bouts, when actually I was enjoying the track for it's more moody chillout vibes. No such difficulties with 'Stupid Dream'.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. MCBEATH on 1 Nov 2007
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Released in 1999, `Stupid Dream' was Porcupine Tree's 5th studio album. Having already established themselves as prog gods within small circles of the prog community through albums such as `Sky moves Sideways' and `Voyage 34'. `Stupid Dream' may have been perceived as a back-step in terms of progression as this was easily their most accessible album to date, at that time. Delivering a mix of upbeat pop with long dark prog songs; this change of direction far from compromised the quality of output. Instead from going to the complex to the relatively more simple style of songs, they make the simple even better without forgetting their progressive roots.

This album is one of those landmark albums in my life; One which I will never forget. It was a Saturday night in April '99 when my Dad spent the afternoon shopping for CD's in `Lost in Music' in the West End of Glasgow. It was one of those moments where he heard something in the shop and had to find out who it was by......it was Porcupine Tree's latest album - `Stupid Dream'. He got chatting to the guy in the shop and found that they were playing in the Cottier Theatre that night which is also in the West End of Glasgow, which really excited him. However he also had a committee night out that night which he was desperate to get out of, but at the same time had no-one to go to the gig with. So he asked me. At first I was reluctant, but eventually he twisted my arm. That gig to this day, is in my top 5 gigs of all time. In turn `Stupid Dream' is still one of my favourite albums. This album not only got me into Porcupine Tree, but also acted as the gateway for getting into more progressive rock music.

Looking back I can see why this album made such a big impact on me.
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