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This review is from: Signify (Audio CD)
Porcupine Tree along with "Threshold" have been the underdogs of the mirky waters of the progressive world for a long time now, they havent made us a bad album yet (Fingers crossed for the incident out in Sep09)
"Signify" for more reasons than one is definately in the better half of the tree's catalogue.
"Signify" is a melo-dramatic affair, focusing in on the fusion of tense atmospheric moments, melody and the occasional rock riff.
And that's exactly what Porcupine tree is so good at, making albums where you have short interludes which decend into mid-length songs with perhaps one or two epic songs thrown in, all tied-up as a combined effort making the whole album feel a watertight majesty.
With signify picking out favourite songs is not easy and the reason for that is becouse the album seems meant to be listened to as one song, as opposed to a breakdown, or in other words like a "concept album without the concept" however personal standouts for me are [sleep of no dreaming, waiting part1 and Dark matter]
But truth is i can sit down and listen to it throughout enjoying the small but intricate details in such beautiful sound landscapes, here in my opinion "Signify" measures up very well against the tree's best, including [Sky moves sideways, Stupid dream and Lightbulb sun] but even they don't capture the emotion and sensitivity as well as this album.
As i'm sure many of you are aware "Signify" as well as the first half of the tree's catalogue have been re-released as single and double Digipaks where some have included an extra disc of 5.1 surround and others a disc of studio session demo/cut material.
"Signify" as well as the album comes with a full length disc of demos and cut material as a bonus, many of them are really quite good others not so much so, but is definately a valuable bonus.
Coming in a well presented Digi-pak staying true to the rather dark and somewhat mis-leading album cover art, this becomes an instant value for money product indeed.
Porcupine Tree here have demonstrated some of the best progressive rock since 70's Pink floyd and continue to do so with each subsequent release i'm absolutely clear that "Signify" is a classic and is worth every single penny of your hard earned cash if you wish to uncover one of the best albums the 1990's has to offer.