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on 9 August 2014
Another masterpiece from Steven Wilson's Porcupine Tree - Why aren't this band MASSIVE?. Perhaps not as immediately accessable as some of their other work, so if Steven Wilson and/or Porcupine tree are new names to you, then I'd recommend that you try the simply superb 'Lightbuld Sun' as a starting place, or possibly Steven Wilson's stunningly good solo abum 'Grace For Drowning'.Although starting here wouldn'tbe that bad an idea.
If you haven'got a copy of Deadwing yet and are considering getting one, then this version is very definitely the one to go for.; because as with most other DVD audio disc I've got this album sounds so much better in 5.1 surround than it does in stereo. (And I've only got a conventional Blu-Ray player and so have only ever listened to either the Dobly or the DTS sound tracks , if as is claimed 'proper' DVD Audio is that much better it must be amazing.)
The mian thiing is that when surround sound discs as mixed properly, and if Steven Wilson is involved it will be, it' simply a case of 'more is better - much better.' The bonus here is that the HQCD really does sound better than the conventional cd. On a back to back listen everything was just that little bit sharper and clearer.
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on 6 January 2015
Is there nothing Steven Wilson can't do? From the lilting ballad of Lazarus, the hard rock of Shallow, the extended explorations of the title track and Arriving Somewhere, or the obscure tones of Mellotron Scratch - he doesn't miss a beat. Whether it is the lyrics, melodies, arrangements, sound production, all immaculate: truly a master of his craft. It is easy to imagine the halcyon days of 1970s Prog Rock and lament the failure of subsequent generations to match their achievements, but, in my honest opinion, Steven Wilson belongs in that class of musician. He stands with Genesis, ELP, Yes, Crimson, Tull and all the other Prog Legends as their equal not just because he matches them in the quality and imagination of his music making, but because he brings something new to the table. He adds to the canon of great songs and music from an age I thought lost to the commercial misery that has, and continues to, decimate the music industry, that is both the music and the industry.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 20 May 2015
One of the many things I love about the Tree (as I have come to call them) and its planter and tender, the godlike genius that is Steven Wilson, is that there's always so much going on in their/his music. The intriguingly named Deadwing is definitely no exception.
The first couple of tracks feature Wilson's trademark choppy, rampaging guitar, along with the stunning drumming of the Tree's percussion supremo Gavin Harrison, a man who must surely be one of the two or three finest rock drummers working today.
Guests on this 2004 outing are Adrian Belew and occasional Wilson musical cohort Mikael Akerfeldt. Keyboardist Richard Barbieri makes his presence felt, as on the long central track Mellotron Scratch, a superb example of Wilson's remarkable ability for extended musical thought (the bulk of both music & lyrics are by SW).
I came very late to this guy and the PT movable feast, and I can hardly believe what I've been missing. This isn't just 'prog rock', it's endlessly fascinating music, full stop.
Open Car is a stirringly great track, and like so many PT songs manages to be at once a fine, stomping rock number and a musically poetic, melodic meditation. So many of Wilson's songs wrong-foot the listener, quite apart from his lyrical gifts: he's one of those rare rock lyricists whose words don't look embarrassing in print. Far from it, they are invariably literate and often moving.
Deadwing is pretty much as good as anything I've heard by the Tree - favourites so far being In Absentia and Lightbulb Sun - and that's saying a lot.

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on 8 November 2015
Porcupine Tree's eighth Studio album, and for me personally, their best.
In fact, I think this is the best album Steve Wilson has created, full Stop.
Every track is fantastic, there's no filler on here, but my personal favourites are the opening title track Deadwing, the 17 minute all time classic Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, and the closing track Glass Arm Shattering. And the stuff inbetween isn't bad either.
A definitive, outstanding five star purchase, if you have any interest in modern progressive rock music this is the band for you and this is the pinnacle of their career.
Please check out Steve Wilson's four solo albums and the other nine Porcupine Tree albums as well though, they're all superb!
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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2011
whatever that means ! as a lifelong fan of yes, crimson, floyd, tull and latterly gentle giant i'd always been disappointed by the new wave of "proggers" - radiohead being OK but not in the same league. until Porcupine Tree and deadwing was the first i bought by them. a thing that struck me was the musicality and the original voice - down to Steve Wilson i presume but supported by other guys who are talented musicians and guests like adrian belew.
it's an album i listen to without thinking about indivdual tracks - they produce a soundscape (like the best proggers) that seems a single piece of work (concept isn't the right word) - they don't just rely on synthesised sounds and samples though (is that "ambience"?). great stuff, good serious music is alive and well.
PS - must be one of the least informative CD covers ever (even worse that OK Computer) - arty farty, style (dubious) over substance (lyrics, instrumentation etc)
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on 27 February 2008
Porcupine Tree is a truly outstanding band. It doesn't make much sense to compare them to other bands because they mix a range of styles on a given album and indeed even within the same track. Personally I can't see the often-described comparison to Rush but there are definite Floydian elements in there at times. The musicianship and level of composition are fantastic. If you choose to listen to them, the lyrics are often depressing or full of anger..

The opener Deadwing although a good track is probably the weakest on the album. From there on it soon gets very impressive with the slow and melodic 'Lazarus', the very catchy 'Halo' and peaking at the epic 14 minute masterpiece that is 'Arriving Somewhere But Not Here'. This particular track epitomises PT, mixing a number of styles but moving effortlessly from one section to another and including anything from beautiful keyboards and acoustic guitar sections to thrashing metal like riffs. The second half of the album includes the lovely and melodious 'Mellotron scratch' and other classics like 'Open car'. There definitely isn't a bad track on the album and overall it is stunningly brilliant.

PT have to be one of the best bands to emerge in recent years and if you haven't heard them yet it's time to give them a shot. The band members although now rather mature, are truly accomplished musicians. What they can do with their instruments especially Steve Wilson on guitar almost defies belief sometimes with the ability to play straight-classic rock but also to improvise and generate some more creative and unusual sound when necessary. I'd also recommend the `Somewhere But Not Here DVD' which demonstrates these abilities wonderfully.

Overall Deadwing is probably the best PT album although `Fear of a Blank Planet' is also truly excellent with `In Absentia' close behind.
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on 1 March 2008
I love all of Steven Wilson's work, and it is hard to say which Porcupine Tree album is my favourite, but this could well be it. Or stupid dream. None of them is any less than brilliant. However, if you have a 5.1 surround system (and if not, why not? I just got the amazing phillips system for only £99 and it's truly awesome) then this version of Deadwing is the way to hear it. In stereo the tracks are incredible. In 5.1 they will blow you away.
Get this. Get a 5.1 surround system if you haven't. Oh, and get EVERYTHING by Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Bass Communion, and all of Steven's other projects. The man has the Midas' touch.
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on 30 March 2016
This is an album I could listen to on repeat for days and not get tired of it. Great variation between classic, simple tunes like lazarus to complex masterpieces like mellotron scratch. Every track on the album meets the high standards I have come to expect from Porcupine Tree, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for quality musicianship and something to make you think.
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on 25 August 2015
All I can say is why the heck are this group not packing out stadiums.This cd is one of the best cd's I have heard in years.The contrast in songs is amazing .Loved this so much I ordered octaine cd and Anesthatize.Will keep me going for a while
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on 9 February 2016
One of the best of their albums. I cannot praise the melodies, composition and playing enough. Suffice to say this will not disappoint.
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