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The only minor thing is that the record only lasts for about half an hour, but apart from that, 'Nil Recurring' is an absolute must, a small masterpiece of 'leftovers'.
Four stunning tracks, in no way poorer in quality than anything on FOABP. Highlight for me is Normal. But you really, REALLY deserve to hear it in surround sound.
Shocking that PT/SW doesn't get the recognition and plaudits they deserve. This is music at its best. Buy it. Tell your friends. :)
After the impact that 'Fear of a Blank Planet' made, the band were dismayed by the luke-warm commercial success of this release. The band believed that the public felt this EP did not garner the same respect that a full album might've. When their follow-up album 'The Incident' was released, the band decided to release their additional material as a separate disc sold alongside their main album. This EP was also released as part of the vinyl copy of 'Fear of a Blank Planet' , further supporting the bands opinion that this EP is of equal strength to their better known album material.
The title song is vintage Tree, with both Steven Wilson and guest guitarist Robert Fripp weaving webs of wonder with each other.
Normal is another superb track. Wilson is such a fine songwriter - before you even get to the dynamics of the band, Gavin Harrison's tremendous drumming, Colin Edwin's investigative bass or Richard Barbieri's always inventive keyboard work.
These are four unreleased tracks from the sessions for the Tree's marvellous Fear of a Blank Planet album - a blank planet being a typical fear of Wilson's if his lyrics are anything to go by, and they should be since he's that rare rock lyricist, one whose words don't appear less than inspired on the printed page/booklet.
I'll play this as much as their longer, fully realised albums, just as I will their disc of miscellaneous 'Recordings' which I got at the same time as this. Both are essential additions to the Tree catalogue, precious fruit from the glorious, post-Lapsarian cactus tree.
Nil recurring, but much happening.
A 4 track, 29 minute mini-album from the cult progressive outfit. 2007's `Fear Of A Blank Planet' won oodles of critical acclaim for its heaviness and structure, and it's no finer compliment to say that these tracks originate from the same sessions. But don't go thinking that these are yesterday's leftovers, warmed up and served as fresh - `Nil Recurring' is on a par with their previous effort. Incidentally, Robert Fripp shows up for some lead guitar duties, but doesn't distract from the hard riffing and sonic landscapes for which the band have become known. 8/10.
Steven Wilson must be the world's most underrated songwriter. His output via Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No Man etc, simply proves how versatile and prolific he is. I can't think of any other artist that cuts across so many musical styles and maintains such quality.
Any of these tracks would have graced FOABT. Perhaps they should have released a double album.
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I bort this album knowing nothing about the group, but was simply looking for some modern progressive rock. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2010 by Henry Charles Lamb
Brilliant mini-release by Porcupine Tree. Easily as good as their stuff on Fear Of. (if not marginally better)
Must have if your a dedicated PT fan.
Must admit to been slightly disappointed with Nil Recurring, a remake of a track from FOABP, a couple of instrumentals that dont seem to go anyway but still 100% better than most... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2009 by John H Watson