Monday, March 8, 2010

Porcupine Tree Climbs Post-Progressive Heights

Originally posted on November 21, 2008

The English phenom Porcupine Tree and its various offshoots have created a genre of their own by combining various influences in the prog rock family, transcending them and doing something unique with that.

Their April release Fear of A Blank Planet (Atlantic) continues their saga with strong, moody music, on a regular CD and a 5:1 version DVD with stunning photography projected from your TV screen. The vibe is you are starkly alone but you’ve got this great music to help you through it. Steve Wilson and company are one of the truly good things going on out there, and they have been for a long time, even though I’ve missed some of it. They have that sprawl, the long form song that follows its own path and gets there in a most satisfying way. They are one of the best, most talented groups in the field. If you don’t have this one, and you have the money for it, by all means check it out.

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