Friday, September 11, 2009

Porcupine three out of five


I'LL say one thing for Porcupine Tree - they give you value for money.
Their latest LP, The Incident, is so expansive, it's spread over two CDs - disc one is the 14-part opus The Incident, with a further four tracks on the second instalment.
And while predominately a prog outfit, there's swaths that recall Pink Floyd circa Dark Side Of The Moon, ambient wanderings and even Nine Inch Nails-style industrial sections.
But here's the barb - Porcupine Tree are jacks of all trades, but masters of none.
Despite the prog rock vibe there's not a shredding guitar solo in sight, and it all feels laboured due to the sheer scale of the band's ambition.
It should come as no surprise that the best part of this album the EP-style second disc.

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