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Porcupine Tree

Fear of a Blank Planet

This is a concept album from Steven Wilson’s band Porcupine Tree that’s meant to make a statement about the world and kids today. First off, I don’t really give two *#*$# about how pissed Steven Wilson is at the world. That’s fine. His opinion is that due to the internet age, kids are disassociated with life and family. They’re mad at their parents and don’t live their life anymore. Interesting. That’s fine, but let me ask you something; is a kid disassociated with life and family more apt to listen to the Goo Goo Dolls and the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Or is that kid going to seek out music from a band like Porcupine Tree? I think everybody’s going to find music they like, but I think music that makes a social statement through 30 sentences in a 17 minute song is more likely to feed a problem than fix it.

Needless to say I didn’t like the album. The tracks are too long, too boring, and not up to snuff with similar styles. There’s some decent guitar work here, but that’s really the only good quality. Six tracks running 50 minutes just doesn’t work for me. Also, I’m not going to grovel at Wilson’s feat over the vocal work like some other reviews I’ve seen, he’s good but I’ve heard better. This is definitely an album you should ignore. It’s an album to the youth of today written by a guy that’s been making music since the late 80’s. As far as I’m concerned, he can take this and shove it up his #@#. How this gets label money, let alone major label money with the quality of some of the unsigned bands out right now is beyond me.


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