I've recently got a copy of this album from Amazon, and I am very, very impressed. It nearly gets five stars but not quite as I do get the feeling Bruce and his pals have almost hit the musical jackpot, but one more nudge is required. A new album is coming soon, and this could well be the one that does it.
Prog afficionados will love it and at the same time it is poppy enough to appeal to fans of bands like Coldplay and Keane. It's also somewhat reminiscent of pre-Kid A Radiohead. Being signed to a prog label doesn't help sales but does free the band from any duty to purvey insipid and dreary music - like Coldplay and Keane! Whilst the "progressive" tag has stopped groups such as the band's initialsake Porcupine Tree from becoming megastars, it generally means you'll get creative music played from the heart. This is certainly the case with this lovely record.
Not a duff track in sight, though initially the long ones - "Vapour Trails", "Part Zero", and "Remember Us" stand out - but with later listens, less obvious tracks such as piano-led "The Bitter Pill", the immaculate "Sooner or Later" and the Floydy "This Will Remain Unspoken" knock at your door. There is some great guitar work and the expertly played synthesised classical instruments add grandeur - nice mellotron too.
This an exquisite album. Prog it may be, but it deserves a wider audience.