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Deadwing
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2007
This is quite possibly the best album I've heard in years, since Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory' in fact. Was that really 8 years ago?
I've only recently gotten into this band and I can't believe what I've been missing. Listening to this gives me the same feeling as listening to Rush at the height of their career. The musicianship is first rate, every song moves with a real purpose and I just love the lyrics.
Highlights? There are so many but the standout track for me is 'Arriving Somewhere....But Not Here'. Play this once and you'll play it over and over again.
In a world where music seems to be dominated by style over substance more than ever before this is a breath of fresh air.
I really think 5 star reviews are handed out to freely on these pages, but not in this case.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2005
Whether you like this album or not very much depends on what you want from Porcupine Tree. A previous reviewer complained that this didn´t compare well to some of their earlier stuff, and that the decline had started with Stupid Dream. For those who want neo-Progressive rock the early records are where to look, especially the Sky Moves Sideways and Voyage 34 (though that is technically a single, just a monstrous one). These days Porcupine Tree are more of an accessible rock band, and have been since Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun (their best 2 albums in my opinion), but they are far more interesting, inventive and powerful than the vast majority of their peers.
Deadwing represents a further venture towards the heavy side of rock, following in the footsteps of In Absentia. The first few times I heard it I have to confess I was disappointed, so if you buy it stick with it, because (like all PT), it gets better the more times you hear it.
For me the highlights of the album are Lazarus and Mellotron Scratch. The second half of Mellotron Scratch, with it´s sumptious conter-melodies, is one of best bits of music I´ve heard from PT or anyone else, and Lazarus is a delight from start to finish. The Start of Something Beautiful is excellent as well, with its storming finish leading nicely into Glass Arm Shattering, a beautiful laid back closing track that caps the album off perfectly. Halo, the first half of Arriving Somewhere But Not Here and Deadwing are all very good as well, although the title track in particular is a grower rather than an instant likeable tune. Open Car is a successful attempt to meld heavyness with a beautiful chorus, its punchy style suiting its brevity.
However, although this is a great record, it isn´t as good as it could have been. Arriving Somewhere etc would be a contender for PT´s best song ever (which is quite an accolade), but when the heavy crunching guitar comes in the tune is definitely spoiled, and you wonder what on earth the point was of that, as if in the studio they accidentally cut in some Metallica or something without noticing. The start of Mellotron Scratch is also rather tame and uninteresting in comparison to the glory of what follows, and Shallow is nice enough, but a bit limited (a big dumb rock song as the band call it).
Despite the sense of greatness not quite achieved with this album, it is nevertheless an excellent listen, packed with excellent tunes and harmonies, and I have yet to get bored of it, after months of fairly frequent listening. May it bring them the recognition they deserve.
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on 7 February 2015
This is one of my favourite albums of all time since I first heard it around seven years ago. The production is superb. It was recorded in the midst of the 'loudness wars' but the music here is not drawn from the limited toolbox of metal music. There is much subtle interplay and all the tracks are different from each other which is a feature of Steven Wilson's music. Gavin Harrison's drums are so warm and precise, everything has been mixed to the right place. This album is a compositional and sonic wonder! Stand out tracks on an album without a duffer: 'Start of something beautiful' and 'Glass arm shattering'. But, be warned this is not 'bubble gum' music. Listen, listen again from start to finish. Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2007
Ok lets get something straight , this is a album from a band in the 21st century not the last! So when some people moan about this cd been too long or too loud they should go back in time and listen to their old albums of yester year. This is music for this time here and now and if you do not like the new aggressive approach to the music tuff! This band is now appealing to the younger age of music listener (OK I am 41), but I can tell you that teenagers are now wearing P/Tree t-shirts not Yes or some band that should be treated with respect but not copied in our age.

Well done Mr Wilson for making 21st Century Rock music for all the world to enjoy!

Can not wait for the next cd to come out, with lots of guitars and as long as you want!
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on 13 January 2013
I'd always heard of PT , and know of Steve Wilson from his Opeth producing days + the work he's done with Storm Corrosion.
Anyway, long story short, I saw some live stuff of the guys playing "Arriving Somewhere, but not Here" on youtube and thought, ah well, I'll give them a go.
Not sorry I did...

This is a GREAT album...I'll have to research on a bit and find out how it ranks by general consensus ...is this their Master of Puppets?..their Justice for All..?

Onward PT album purchases incoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2009
For me this is the best. Good sound 5.1. Good composition. Good play...
One of the best productions I've ever heard!
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Another great album from Porcupine Tree. I have many more of theirs but did not have this, did not disappoint at all highly recommended, only gave 4 stars as it is not as outstanding as In Absentia, but still a very good album.. Also, the Amazon partner IndigoStarfish yet again excelled themselves, great service, well packed and above all great value. Have used before and will definitely use again.
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on 7 July 2014
This is a fantastic album. Even though Porcupine Tree have their own sound, you can definitely hear a bit of Rush and Marillion in there. I had never heard of them before until a friend mentioned them a short while ago, but apparently they've been around since 1987.
I was looking for something new and here they are! Great.
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on 16 February 2010
An excellent introduction to Porcupine Tree. It is a beautiful album. In particular Lazarus, Halo and Open Car are the catchiest, in my opinion. The only track which doesn't impress me is Shallow, which was actually released as a single in the USA. It's OK, but nothing special. I love this album and would highly recommend it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2006
I agree with everything the reviewer below wrote with one exception. It is true that 96/24 would have been a much better resolution than 48/24, but 48/24 is most likely what the original multi-tracks were recorded at, so that is what we get. This is not a fault of the format or this particular release, but of the original recording.
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