Porcupine Tree

Info about Porcupine Tree
Country United Kingdom
Added By Mike
14 years ago
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1991-2009 Rock
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8.4 x24
English/British Minimalistic Instrumental Prog Rock/Jazz
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90 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, five users rate it lower. 65 users think it is prog, five users think it is merely related to prog and two users think that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 108 studio tracks by Porcupine Tree.
Track durations range from 22s to 18m 39s, averaging at 5m 25s with a standard deviation of 3m 22s.
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Review by Time_Signature 9 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Voyage 34 1992, EP
8.2
Spacey Prog Rock/Electronic
This EP is an interesting journey through a dark and spacey
soundscape. Especially the first two tracks are interesting as
they combine soundscaping with musicality.
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Review by Time_Signature 9 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - On the Sunday of Life 1991
4.0
Spacey Non-Prog Rock/New Age
There are some interesting intrimental and improvised
moments on this album, but other than that it is primarly a
typical 90s alt rock effort (well, it may be a bit ahead of its
time though), which is quite boring and pretentious and, quite
frankly, stupid at times.
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Review by Time_Signature 9 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Metanoia 1998, Compilation
9.0
Free Form Experimental Prog Rock
For some reason, this is one of my favorite Porcupine Tree
albums. It contains mainly of improvised instrumental jam
sessions with a lot of focus on jazzy bass patterns. Fans of
fusion jazz might like this, and I am sure musicians regardless
of their style and genre will appreciate listening to fellow
musicians jamming, improvising and creating on the spot.
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Comment by Time_Signature 9 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - In Absentia 2002
9.0
Prog Rock
A very ecclectic album which balances on the razor's edge between prog and alt.
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Review by Time_Signature 9 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Deadwing 2005
9.4
Spacey Prog Rock
Do you like 90s style alternative rock? Do you like 70s and
00s progressive rock? Do you like genre-transgression? Do you
like innovativity? Do you like dynamicity? Are you afraid of
Opeth? If your answer to all of these questions is affirmative,
then "Dead Wing" by Porcupine Tree is the way to go. It's a
really good alt/prog rock album with nothing but strong songs
on it, offering both entertainment and food for thought.
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Review by HughesJB4 10 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
8.3
Heavy Prog Rock
An update on my old review.
While I feel this album is still very great, I've felt over time it hasn't held up as well as I first thought it would and isn't as inspiring as when I first heard it.
Nonetheless, as I said, still a high quality album indeed.
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Comment by ElectroVolta 10 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
9.5
Prog Rock
The album where Gavin Harrison proves to me he is one of the greatest drummers of our time, with always the highest quality production (Steven Wilson is one of the greatest producers out there). A great and very real (maybe too real for some listeners) concept, and a great pacing. Depressing and uplifting at the same time, emotional is a good word to decribe this release. Porcupine Tree has done it again, probably the most consistent band in prog today, every release has been excitingly unique and top notch since Stupid Dream. I hope this band stays around for a long time, they haven't come out with a relase I didn't VERY much enjoy yet.
Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Lightbulb Sun 2000
9.0
Psychedelic Prog Rock
Wow. Much anticipated and long awaited. This completes the Porcupine Discography as far as full albums. I don't have Nil Recurring yet. I immensely enjoyed this album on first listen.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Lightbulb Sun 2000
8.7
Psychedelic Prog Rock
Finally it was re-released, and I purchased it today. I now have all regular Porcupine Tree albums, and this is an essential one. Beautiful melodies, astonishing vocal arrangements and a broad range of styles.
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Comment by Mike 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Nil Recurring 2007, EP
8.8
Eclectic Prog Rock
Very nice, especially the track "What Happen's Now?". I think they should have put that on the regular FoaBP release as a last track - it works brilliantly as a reprise of Anesthetize.
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Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Deadwing 2005
8.6
Prog Rock
a very nice album despite some more "alternative" leaning tracks...
Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Metanoia 1998, Compilation
7.3
Prog Rock
kind of drab...but still a good listen to fans; there are some very nice moments here and there.
Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - In Absentia 2002
9.2
Prog Rock
their most comprehensive work to date, and definitely the best one to start with; this album mixes well their more recent, edgier sound as well as their dreamy harmonies and layers of atmosphere showcased on their previous albums...the only "eh" track is Strip the Soul (although I like the jam on it)...there really is no weak moment...
Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Stupid Dream 1999
7.9
Prog Rock
My least favorite of their studio works; this one seems to be bogged down in its slower tempo rock tracks, and really just seems to sludge on for me...
Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Signify 1996
9.3
Prog Rock
possibly my favorite of teir studio works; the atmosphere present is very akin to sections of The Sky Moves Sideways, just not as long-winded and a bit better overall...
Review by rahmaninov 11 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
9.5
Prog Rock
It's a great dream, this whole album...you get to be somewhere else, far away from this life and at the same time never closer...that's art...This album is my first contact with Porcupine Tree. I think, for now, that they are one of the few REAL artists of our time, a time when art is increasingly becoming an industry / commerce. We really need this kind of authentic art to resist this depersonalizing system / way of living...
Comment by king_volta 11 years ago
Porcupine TreeListen - Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
8.4
Prog Rock
not as good as their earlier works in my opinion, although Anesthetize is one of their best tracks of all time!
Comment by Carpetcrawler
Porcupine TreeListen - Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
9.3
Prog
Very good album. When Deadwing was more of a collection of songs, this is really one piece of music. Both albums are great, hard to say which one better.
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - In Absentia 2002
9.3
Spacey Neo Prog Rock
Continuing in the growing commercial vein of their previous releases, Porcupine Tree's In Absentia may be the most accessible release to ever spew forth from the group. Rolling electronic percussion blends with simple and solid live drumming to provide an understated backbeat as perennial Tree leader Steven Wilson pastes his complicated pop over the proceedings. Wilson's ability to bury his layered vocals in mountains of spacy electric guitar without drowning out his fragile lyrics is still a valued feature of the music, and the rare moments of clarity that his vocals display are breathtaking in their power. A reliance on a somewhat gothic heavy metal sound makes for some bizarre moments, especially when held up against his gentler material. The best example of this is the chugging "Wedding Nails," which recalls Dream Theater in its grandiose scope without utilizing the same sort of technical wizardry. But Wilson manages to bridge the gap between the various genres he utilizes, creating an environment where his haunting melodies could take a drastic turn at any minute. Porcupine Tree also continue their Radiohead fascination, although the influence is much less direct than on their last few efforts. Instead, it comes through at odd moments, like the moments of sparse instrumentation on the otherwise lush "Heartattack in a Layby." Sonically gorgeous and deceivingly complex, In Absentia has the most immediate appeal of anything Wilson has released under this moniker up to this point. By keeping the songs at manageable lengths and avoiding the avant-garde electronica flourishes of the band's early days, Porcupine Tree grow into a fully realized pop group without cutting any of the elements that also makes them an important force in the neo-prog movement.
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Review by OpenMind 12 years ago <Permalink>
Porcupine TreeListen - Deadwing 2005
9.0
Spacey Neo Prog Rock/Metal
Porcupine Tree have always been pigeonholed with the modern prog movement, but the reality is that they're both a riff-addicted metal band and a troupe obsessed with rich harmonies and memorable refrains. Take the grinding guitar work of "Shallow" which dukes it out with frontman Steven Wilson's undeniably melodic chorus before easing into the delicate, beautifully crafted "Lazarus." Few bands exhibit this kind of depth, be it the dreamy, Pink Floyd-inspired hallucination "Halo" or the Queensryche echoes of "Open Car." If the 12-minute sonic meander known as "Arriving Somewhere but Not Here" is as head-trippy as rock music gets anymore, it is reassuring to know that this Tree is still growing. Ideal for headphones, Deadwing -- despite its title -- takes flight nonetheless.
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Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
 #1

8.9 x65
English/British Psychedelic Prog Rock/Metal
In Absentia 2002
 #2

8.9 x45
English/British Heavy Prog Rock/Metal
Deadwing 2005
 #3

8.5 x46
English/British Spacey Prog Rock/Metal
Sky Moves Sideways 1995
 #4

8.7 x26
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
Lightbulb Sun 2000
 #5

8.8 x24
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
Stupid Dream 1999
 #6

8.5 x25
English/British Eclectic Prog Rock
Signify 1996
 #7

8.5 x24
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
The Incident 2009
 #8

7.4 x30
English/British Minimalistic Prog Rock
Up The Downstair 1993
 #9

8.1 x15
English/British Heavy Prog Rock
On the Sunday of Life 1991
 #10

7.5 x19
English/British Heavy Prog Rock/New Age
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Sky Moves Sideways 1995
 3 years ago
Jozef47
8.8
English/British Epic Prog Rock
On the Sunday of Life 1991
 3 years ago
Jozef47
7.6
English/British Free Form Prog Independent/Rock
Signify 1996
 3 years ago
Jozef47
7.9
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
Deadwing 2005
 3 years ago
Jozef47
9.1
English/British Spacey Prog Rock/Metal
Metanoia 1998, Compilation
 3 years ago
Jozef47
7.3
English/British Instrumental Prog Rock
The Incident 2009
 4 years ago
Jozef47
7.7
English/British Epic Prog Metal/Rock
Lightbulb Sun 2000
 4 years ago
Jozef47
8.0
English/British Spacey Prog Rock
Fear of a Blank Planet 2007
 4 years ago
Jozef47
9.3
English/British Epic Prog Metal/Rock
The Incident 2009
 4 years ago
Jozef47
7.7
English/British Epic Prog Metal/Rock
Deadwing 2005
 4 years ago
lazland
8.5
Heavy Prog Rock
Deadwing 2005
 5 years ago
lazland
8.5
Heavy Prog Rock
Octane Twisted 2012, Live
 5 years ago
rushfan4
8.7
Heavy Prog Rock
Octane Twisted 2012, Live
 6 years ago
rushfan4
8.7
Heavy Prog Rock
In Absentia 2002
 6 years ago
Lofcaudio
8.6
Ambient Prog Rock
Octane Twisted 2012, Live
 6 years ago
rushfan4
8.7
Heavy Prog Rock
In Absentia 2002
 6 years ago
Lofcaudio
8.6
Ambient Prog Rock
Deadwing 2005
 6 years ago
lazland
8.5
Heavy Prog Rock
The Incident 2009
 6 years ago
Mike
9.1
Minimalistic Prog Rock
The Incident 2009
 6 years ago
rushfan4
7.5
Heavy Prog Rock
Nil Recurring 2007, EP
 6 years ago
rushfan4
7.5
Heavy Prog Rock