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5.0 out of 5 stars super good album!,
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This review is from: Stupid Dream (Audio CD)I feel kind of funny writing this review because at the time, the same day, I have purchase Recording and The stupid dream by Porcupine tree through Market Place and did recievde the 2 cds the same day, and even though I was ready to review the 2 idems, I thought to wait a bit between the 2 reviews so that one would not influence the other one or at least not so much.
having said that it is hard for me not to mention at time the album Recording. As I said in my Recording review, that was an album for music lover to enjoy without getting so mucdh a certain amount of so call commercial track on it. Now, this album, Stupid dream is for sure pack with more tunes that you will be able to easyly remember and kind of sing the tune in your head. I know that it is not really right to use the word commercial when we talk about any of the Porcupine tree albums, as I have mention, I have over 20 albums of the band and it is very easy to see a certain patern happening. Maybee instead of using the word commercial , i will use the word friendly and more easy to get in a shorter time. If this make any sens to you.
Stupid dream is so wonderfull because it goes the complete time of the album a little to the left or the right of being so call commercial and when you finish to listen to it for the first time, you have a feeling , a good one, that yhou have understand the concept of the album or at least you have your own understanding of the album, I am kind of sure that if you would take ten person and ask them the meaning of this album, chances are that you would get different answers, but that is ok, I kind of think that they do it more less on purpose , but that is just me.
but the point is that everyone will have his or her idea and will be happy with it after one listening, wich I can not say that it would happen with the album Recording after the first listen.
For me, it is a matter of how I feel a certain day, I have my day that I want to listen an album that I still don't know what it is about, it kind of bugs me but at the same time I like the fact that I have to work on it to get it. But other day, album like this one and let say lightbuld sun or fear of a blank planet will be easy to simply just enjoy and you don't have to work at itg to figure why the band did this or that.
As I said before , I do believe that Steven wilson is nothing short of a genius, so rare now, well, in fact, they have always been rare. The kind of person that yes of course they want to make money, yes they want the place to be pack at the concdert, but you have a sens that that is not all what the man or the band is about.
I often compare Steven wilson with Robert fripp, I was not surprise at all when I realise that Steven wilson was heavyly involve with the project to do the remixtg of the King crimson catalogue, it made sens to me.
I am 56 years old and I never thought that I could say about someone the type of thing I say about the talent of Steven wilson, I thought that record company and and the way the radio was going in the 80's, I just could not see how someone like him could make it, but of course I didn't realise at the time the power that something call internet would have in the near future.
without the power of the internet, someone like Steven wilson could simply not make it, that is what I believe, I can not count on regular radio station to intruduce to me some great talents, time have change.
But I am so glad that things have change again and band like Porcupine tree did fine their place.
get the album, it is a great one.
P.S. I am sorry if I got carry away, I will do my best that I don't get carry away with big type of speach.
Try to forgive me for now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I come in value packs of ten - in five varieties.......",
Although I still consider IN ABSENTIA to be their best effort, STUPID DREAM is certainly one of the best albums of the 1990s. All of the tracks here are addicting, especially "Pure Narcotic" (my personal favorite).
To anyone who enjoyed IN ABSENTIA, STUPID DREAM will undoubtedly be one of your favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What???,
4.0 out of 5 stars Note for DVD-A Stereo Enthusiasts,
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This review is from: Stupid Dream (Audio CD)Be aware that contrary to the packaging, there is no "high resolution 24-bit stereo" mix on the DVD-A. Wilson is such a stickler for detail that I'm surprised this got by him (presuming he had a preview). Sure it may not sound that much different than the CD tracks (this theoretical stereo 24 bit mix), nor much different than doing your own downmix, but it's advertised and not there which might disappoint 2ch-only buyers.
Wilson has become a real expert at this multichannel stuff since this album, so be sure to check out some of the fabulous mixes/remasters he's done for other bands, some are simply amazing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Tree's best so far,
Steven Wilson took everything that was good in progessive rock and made it into something his own. He decided to take a somewhat different direction after Signify, but the music is no less creative. Atmospheric, trippy, rockin', you just can't lump Porcupine Tree into a particular category, and it's aided by Chris Maitland's superb drumming. From the crunching riffs on the first track Even Less, to the melodic Piano Lessons, to the more accesible Stranger By The Minute and Slave Called Shiver, and finally to the sad, moody, final track of Stop Swimming, you can listen to every track on Stupid Dream.
Say what you will about progessive rock and its offspring, I commend Steven Wilson for making music on his own terms, and not grinding out stuff in order to make it listenable on MTV. I would definitely recommend Stupid Dream in your Porcupine Tree discography.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty smart.,
5.0 out of 5 stars To find a copy of this cd...,
4.0 out of 5 stars Further proof of Steve Wilson's genius.,
Don't take that as a slight, by the way. I dare anybody on MTV to make an album this inventive and interesting. Most of Stupid Dream is acoustic guitar-based, with lots of vocal harmonies, atmospheric prescence, and an occasional flourish of metal. Check out album opener Even Less, which displays all of the above plus a string section, sounding absolutely huge. Unlike other neo-prog outfits like Dream Theater or Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree does not suffer from any undesirable wanking tendencies, and the band plays in a tasteful and appropriate manner.
There are no weak points on the album, and a decent bit of diversity thrown in. Want short prog-pop songs? Try A Slave Called Shiver, This Is No Rehearsal, or Baby Dream In Cellophane. Spacey jams? Don't Hate Me and Tinto Brass fit that bill. Something a bit "rockier?" Even Less and Piano Lessons/Stupid Dream are cool. My favorite on the album is A Smart Kid, a chilling track that describes a desolate, empty Earth. Wilson's lyrics and hushed vocals are transcendent here.
As much as I like this album, I can't give it a higher score than PT's latest album, In Absentia. Stupid Dream is missing the unified lyrical statement and harder, Opeth-influenced sound that In Absentia has. Still, I highly recommend Stupid Dream to fans of prog rock and PT fans.
WARNING: This album is out of print at present time, and thus hard to find. It is due for a re-release in 2004, so either wait it out or beg/borrow/burn a copy if you can. It's worth owning.
5.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine's most catchy album,
Melodies are more catchy ("Stranger by the minute","piano lessons") and many of them could have turned into big (commercial...) hits.but it is a small part of this album.Steven Wilson would be not himself if he wuold not conatained some introvertic dramatic songs about his dark side of soul ("don't hate me","pure narcotic").
the album may sound boring after the first listening but it takes some time to get on the mood of it.once you will enjoy listening it you will love this band and surely take a look on their other works
Steven Wilson proves that he is one of the greates composers of all times.the album is very interesting.maybe not as magnificent as "In absentia" (which remains their best album) but truly amazing and different from all modern bands too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing...,
These two were not only the best songs on the album, but the only really excellent ones. Sure, this album is great, but the songs don't ever really reach the levels that 'A Smart Kid' or 'Tinto Brass' do.
That said, this is still a great Porcupine Tree album. The thing that seperated this album from the others was that Steve Wilson was moving from "instrumentally orientated music to more vocal based tracks." Basically, a more accessible sound. The only songs that are really poppy are 'Piano Lessons', 'This Is No Rehearsal', and 'Stranger By The Minute'. This doesn't make them bad, just more accessible than I usually like.
The most notable songs of the rest of the album would probably be 'Don't Hate Me', with it's great sax and guitar solos, 'Slave Called Shiver', with a kickass bass, and 'Stop Swimming', which is one of the most atmospheric ones on the album.
This isn't Porcupine Tree's best, but it is tons better than Lightbulb Sun (the poppier album that came after), so if you are looking for a more accessible Porcupine Tree, this is the album to get. It's pending reissue (or so the website says), so I wouldn't go spending insane amounts on this album.
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