I am old enough to remember the thrill of rushing to your local record store on a Saturday, buying the latest rock album (often with a gatefold sleeve), running home and listening to it non-stop for a week (whilst you memorised and analysed the lyrics). Those records became rather like a friendship that grew and deepened over the years as you discovered more and more about them.
Porcupine Tree and their latest release "The Incident" fall squarely into that category. It requires, no demands, your full attention because it's about as different from the current disposable 3 minute chart offerings as you can get. It's the difference between Blue Nun & Chateau Laffitte, between a Daihatsu & a DB9, between a knee trembler behind the bike sheds and a night with Angelina Jolie!!
Comprising of two cds, the title track takes up all of CD1. "The Incident" has all the hallmarks of Steven Wilson's genius - gentle reflective movements, raging slabs of guitar, soaring vocals and wierd, left field ambient moments (often courtesy of ex- Japan keys player Richard Barbieri). For me, the standout section of this piece of work is "Time Flies" - a Pink Floyd-esque section reminiscient of Animals but clearly dragged into the 21st century - but I could also talk about "The Blind House", "Octane Twisted" and "Kneel & Disconnect"......!!!!
CD2 consists of the other side of PT - shorter songs of which "Black Dahlia" and "Bonnie The Cat" are classic 'Tree tracks which really should not be overlooked. Imagine the roaring compact sections of Fear Of A Blank Planet and you will be in the right arena.
Lets face it, "FOABP" was overwhelming. This however, is more "disturbing" as it somehow isn't quite as obviously intense - it's more Peter Lorre than Jack Nicholson! For the movie buffs among you, think 10 Rillington Place rather than The Shining!!!
Let "The Incident" take you back to being 16 again with the memory of your first touch of 2112,Going For The One, Dark Side Of The Moon, Foxtrot.........but without the embarrasing haircuts. It is, in reality, nothing short of a masterpiece!