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Porcupine Tree - Up The Downstair CD (album) cover


Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

3.87 | 894 ratings

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2 stars This might be considered the first album by PT. The direction is beginning to be clear, from Psychedelic to Kraut. The album is rather immature yet, and I would say Wilson still did not take making music too seriously. The rhythmic section is awful; drums are sampled, naif and artificial. I understand he later substituted this for a human touch in a re-edition. Too late. Not sure if it was worth the effort. There are no much to spare in this album, but... it is his creature. The electronic interludes are flat and used, nothing new yet, and the guitar riffs evoke Gilmour's heavily. He blended with techno and spacy elements in the backgrounds as in the album title track, making the whole stuff appear a synthesis of Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream. Globally, it is rather weak, although I may understand PF fans would see it as a rebirth of the idols in their youth, which had not disappeared yet but had been crawling out there since eighties. The long tracks have some interesting ideas but they are not so good and finally become too repetitive, very scarce for 10 min long tracks. This one can be spared.
poito | 2/5 |


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