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This is the second release in the series of newly remastered and expanded albums which Porcupine Tree recorded for the Delerium label, though actually it was the last recorded for the label. Like the first in the series, the live album "Coma Divine", this is a 2 CD set with extra tracks taken from the fan club only cassette release "Insignificance". Though the clarity of the remastered sound and the quality of the extra tracks make this release a must have, the packaging is not given the same care and attention as "Coma Divine". Whereas "Coma Divine" had John Blackfords original artwork enhanced by Lasse Hoile for the new version, the packaging for "Signify"is similar to the original release apart from the slipcase. In fact it is only on the slipcase that the full track listing for both CD's is given and that for the "Insignificance" tracks are hard to read as well! Loose the slipcase and there is nowhere else on the CD that lists these tracks, plus there are no credits or recording information for these tracks. But apart from that small gripe, this is still an essential release as it sees Wilson for the first time fully integrating the band throughout the recording. This album points the way forward with such classics as "Sleep of No Dreaming", "Waiting" and my personal favourite, "Dark Matter". The 50 minutes of extra tracks, recorded at the same sessions are definitely worth the inclusion and make this a complete overview of the band at this stage in their career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2004
This is my personal favourite of PT. It's consistent in style and mood, it's carefully crafted and it's beautiful. Wilson once again shows his ear for arrangements, making his melodies sound in the best possible way - and I must say, these are some really nice melodies.
The mood is dark but not overly depressive. Haven't noticed any changes in sound compared to the original release (I only listen to music on my PC, so no wonder) but the bonus disc is a good treat for the die-hard fans. Looks a bit different from the cassette version of "Insignificance", too.
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VINE VOICEon 27 April 2004
This is the second release in the series of newly remastered and expandedalbums which Porcupine Tree recorded for the Delerium label, thoughactually it was the last recorded for the label. Like the first in theseries, the live album "Coma Divine", this is a 2 CD set with extra trackstaken from the fan club only cassette release "Insignificance". Though theclarity of the remastered sound and the quality of the extra tracks makethis release a must have, the packaging is not given the same care andattention as "Coma Divine". Whereas "Coma Divine" had John Blackfordsoriginal artwork enhanced by Lasse Hoile for the new version, thepackaging for "Signify"is similar to the original release apart from theslipcase. In fact it is only on the slipcase that the full track listingfor both CD's is given and that for the "Insignificance" tracks are hardto read as well! Loose the slipcase and there is nowhere else on the CDthat lists these tracks, plus there are no credits or recordinginformation for these tracks. But apart from that small gripe, this isstill an essential release as it sees Wilson for the first time fullyintegrating the band throughout the recording. This album points the wayforward with such classics as "Sleep of No Dreaming", "Waiting" and mypersonal favourite, "Dark Matter". The 50 minutes of extra tracks,recorded at the same sessions are definitely worth the inclusion and makethis a complete overview of the band at this stage in their career.
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on 17 February 2013
I listened to PT many years ago and this time purchased two of their albums as I felt that the music needs to be revived in this part of my life.
This one is a double cd album with symphonic-melodic-horrifying music. As usual great PT songs and which is always difficult to forget.
I cant explain the music technically as that part of my brain needs a diploma. But I love PT music genre very much.
Ideal to listen alone or while driving around.

My content and concern is the CD is very well made by a 'Chinese' Company.
Content, because Chinese products are living up to their new standards and are up there with every other product.
Concerned because it is much better than what is issued from a European or an American product Line.
America and Europe needs to be better than this.
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on 17 September 2014
I'm backtracking through older Porcupine Tree - for years I only had Fear of a Blank Planet onwards, but then started to backtrack. I bought Lightbulb Sun, then Stupid Dream, and now I've got Signify.

Porcupine Tree seem to be that band who simply can't make a bad album. This album is, as expected, very different from not only their newer material but also from Stupid Dream / Lightbulb Sun. It's more experimental (much like Voyage 34), more downtempo but still as beautiful. if you buy this album for anything, it is for the track Dark Matter which is a phenomenal track. One of their best.

I don't think it's their best album, but perhaps I'm biased as I'm used to Blank Planet and The Incident, but it is still a great album which for right occasion is an absolute please to listen to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2005
This album (extended version) works on many levels. If you are a child of the late fifties/sixties and lament the lack of output from your past hero's like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes etc, listening to it will plunge you right back to those glory days of Progressive Rock. You will also find it is individual, fresh, and not just a copy of the old masters' styles. I cannot find one weak track on this album and I don't think you will. Certainly, those with similar taste to me agree it is worth pursuing more of Porcupine Tree's material.
Does this sound like damned with faint praise - don't believe it,
I found this album as immediate, and enthralling as my first taste of Pink Floyd's DSOtM, it's that good.
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on 15 February 2009
I think even though The Sky Moves is a stunning album, musically this is perfection to me and one of the best albums ever released, very underrated when compared to In Absentia and Deadwing and FOASBP etc but to me has never been bettered, Signify itself is a stunning track quickly followed by the classic Sleep Of No Dreaming, Waiting one of their best follows but the final few tracks starting with Sever and moving onto Idiot Prayer and the stupendous Every Home Is Wired, followed by Intermediate Jesus and Light Mass Prayers before finishing with Porcupine Tree's all time best ever release - Dark Matter, a track which has everything... If your wanting to get into the Tree this should be your starting point.
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on 14 February 2012
Steven Wilson is absolutely my current favourite musician. PT on this album hit all the right spots for a prog rock fan like me. For decades Pink Floyd were my fave band. Now they're 2nd to PT. Check out SW's solo work too on Grace For Drowning &Insurgentes [DVD] [2010]

Creativity at its acme! Now there's a word you don't hear much these days.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is, by far, my favourite Porcupine Tree album. It mixes all the elements that Steven Wilson is influenced by into a wonderfully coherent whole that sounds unique without being too unfamiliar.

The main musical genres that are blended on this album are early drone-based instrumental electronic music such as was produced by Tangerine Dream in the early 70's and vocal progressive rock such as was created by early 70's era Pink Floyd. Additionally, there is a strong presence of sparsely used but very evocative sampled sounds taken from sources such as radio programmes and sacred choral music.

The result is a shadowy and very surrealistic experience that can be compared to literary works such as 'Titus Groan' or 'Gormenghast'. There's a lot of subtle humour but all of it is in the context of darker and more disturbing forces. It's almost ironic music.

The reason I knock off a star is for the fact that this album, whilst being very resistant to multiple playings, is sometimes so dark that it begins to be genuinely unsettling. It's not as dark as later albums like 'In Absentia' or 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' but still has a negative edge that grates over the years. But, that being said, taken in moderate doses, albums like 'Signify' are about as good as melancholic music can get.
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on 30 September 2013
A VERY GOOD ALBUM FROM PORCUPINE TREE TO ADD TOO MY GROWING COLLECTION WELL WORTH BUYING IF YOU HAVE NOT GOT IT
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