I thought that reading forty best essays of all time would bring me closer to my goal. Now I want to share the whole list with you with addition of my notes about writing. Each item on the list has a direct link to the essay, so please, click away and indulge yourself.
Yes and Genesis in the 70's, Rush and Marillion in the 80's, Dream Theater in the 90's, and I think now it's safe to say that, from the 00's, there won't be any doubts in which band to single out as the most important for our beloved genre: Porcupine Tree has been a band in constant movement.
After two releases filled with heavy sounds and morbid stories, The Tree has finally joined all their influences together in what may be their most accomplished album to this date, a record where all the elements of the past are here, maybe with the exception of the dance rhythms of UP THE DOWNSTAIR: A darker, if lighter, album than its predecessor.
I can't go into the songs without saying a few words about the playing itself. This is probably PT's best album in regards to performance and level of musicianship.
Steven Wilson is, as always, right on target with his accurate playing, nothing too virtuosic, never showing-off, always doing things for the overall atmosphere's sake; Barbieri, as usual, proves a valuable right-hand to Wilson, adding to the musical ambience with enchanting sounds; Edwin, an underrated bassist, with a precision and a sense of "groove" that few bassist possess, some of his bass lines just make the listener want to, again, groove; and, finally, the best proper instrumentalist in the band, Gavin Harrison, a true master behind the drum kit, an expert in groove, in rhythm, in precise fills, phantasmagoric rolls, a connoisseur of the art of playing with the cymbals, and in this album, even a master of the double bass.
If there's a performance here that deserves some extra credit, is Harrison's. Let's review the songs: Fear of a Blank Planet 9. Very much like the song of the same name in that album, this one starts with a fast, grooving rhythm that seems unstoppable. Wilson sings - almost speaks - with utmost quietude, just like in "Deadwing".
The movement is relentless, as is the ordeal that Wilson describes to us in the lyrics, a no-exit meaningless life. The chorus is somewhat melodic, just as a hint of morbid, sick color in an otherwise black-and-white existential nightmare. The middle section is dark, somber, atmospheric, with a fantastic fill by Harrison who, without doing much, shows, curiously, so much.
Near the end we enter the final stages of the nightmare, a more slow passage, when the narcotic vocals announce us that, though the dream is nearing its end, we won't wake up, we'll be sedated, narcotized, drugged in a senseless life forever.
The music is so sedated, it's like musical-heroin not that I've tried the real one, nor would I advise to do so, but it HAS to be like this. Some strings cooperate in making this track a complete dream-like experience. After it's over, we are not sure if we actually heard it.
It's sort of divided in three big sections. The first big section starts with percussion and Wilson singing with his rather simple-yet- unique nerdy voice, before growing and showing us he actually can sing.
Another narcotic experience, this is not good; I don't mean it musically, as this is fantastic, but in general, feeling like this can't be good. Incredibly atmospheric part, it evolves into a harder, distorted section with keys that make it feel even more epic than its length foretold us, or, to say the truth, that give it true EPIC status.
Then a bass line in an oddly-chosen grooving, almost jazzy time with drums adding to the driving energy.[Related to: Attitude vs. Altitude] I.
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