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5.0 out of 5 stars
Album of the Year, 15 Mar. 2003
Porcupine Tree return with their loudest and most punchy album to date and it is arguably also their best. Steven Wilson has found the perfect balance between ambient soundscapes and roaring guitars. As a result the album is full of contrasts from the melancholy of Heartattack in a Layby to the angry Strip the Soul.
These contrasts can often be found within the same song. Consequently tunes like the opener Blackest Eyes (a hit if PT ever were to have half the same publicity as some bands get) and the lengthy Gravity Eyelids have a powerful dynamic quality.
Musically, the album is top notch, especially Barbieri's bass and Harrison's tight drumming. A string section is added to two of the tracks to lend a little warmth and feeling, especially in Collapse The Light Into Earth, a really moving tune.
Go and get this album. Do not be put off by the prog tag that PT are often given. This is great accessible music.