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Porcupine Tree In Absentia
By Eden Capwell, Contributor
Friday, March 28, 2003 @ 9:29 PM
2. “Trains” -- Beautiful acoustical guitar mixed with light electric sweepings. Touching and exquisitely emotive vocals.
3. “Lips Of Ashes” -- Again another poignant song -- supple and liquid.
4. “The Sound Of Muzak“ -- gently weaves it spellbinding touch on you. Excellent sustained solo.
5. “Gravity Eyelids” -- Piano is added for texture. Complex song, not easily grasped initially. Has some great riffing when it up and decides to rock out. Breaks back down into the complex style already stated. 7-minute opus.
6. “Wedding Nails” -- Has a funky, jam vibe to it, with ever escalating guitar work. Minute-long doomy outro.
7. “Prodigal” -- “I tried the capsule, I tried the smoke, I was never able to capture the feeling of normal folk.” Another moving song, with delicate melodies.
8. “3” -- Bass and light keys are the intro that slowly builds the tension. Drums are added, and this is another poignant instrumental long intro. Halfway through is acoustical guitars with vocals that are slightly distorted, echoing from somewhere else.
9. “The Creator Has A Mastertape” -- Uber thumping bass with the jam/rock style drums, guitar leads ripping through the song, signal this to be more a rocker style song. The song gets more aggressive as it wears on, borders nearly on experimental metal.
10. “Heartattack In A Layby” -- Less is more in the sparse song. Very saddening with it’s light guitar work, and double, then triple layered vocals.
11. “Strip The Soul” -- Moody and trippy song.
12. “Collapse the Light Into Earth” -- Mostly a piano and vocals number. Saddening to say the least.
Expert and nearly flawless musicianship. If you’re looking for something more experimental, outside the metal realm -- but still contains passion and magic, check this out.
Was only available as an import, that now has North American distribution.
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