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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning future Classic, 10 May 2014
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This review is from: Fear Of A Blank Planet (Audio CD)
Okay, I'm a huge Porcupine Tree fan, and I love everything that they've released but please don't let that fool you into thinking that this isn't something special.

This release sees the band continue their heavier direction that first made an appearance in In-Absentia. It also sees the band return to a heavier emphasis on the atmospheres that made Signify so great and while its a far cry from the psychedelia of their earliest work, it carries a similar vibe. Of the many times I've listened to this album, I've come to realise that there are no wasted notes. Every single piece of this album is simply incredible and serves a purpose. The artwork hints at the content within, just as much as the lyrics carry the message...

"Out at the train tracks I dream of escape
But a song comes onto my iPod
And I realize it's getting late

I can't take the staring and the sympathy
And I don't like the questions "How do you feel?"
"How's it going in school?"
... "Do you wanna talk about it?..."

The musicianship is really second to none yet the song writing is tasteful (no over-long guitar solos here!). Steven Wilson certainly knows the importance and value of good song structure and flow. While the album's centrepiece is 17 minutes in length, it feels perhaps a little under 10 minutes. Honestly, this track makes long car journeys fly by! I could go on and on, but suffice to say that I cant find anything to fault in this album. Alongside Deadwing, this is perhaps my favourite Porcupine Tree album but really, they are all fantastic.

I know Porcupine Tree have been grouped within the Prog-Rock category, but their work is far more accessible than 90% of artists working within the genre and without sacrificing any talent or bowing to radio or media wishes. I believe anyone who is looking to find proof that good modern rock music still exists today will be more than satisfied with this album.
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