What is happening to the kids of today? Have they lost
their mind's or can they find them? Why don't they seem to
care? Is it the use of prescription pills that confuse them?
Is it the constant use of computers and mindless games? Is
it just the boredom? This seems to be the theme that dominates
the new Porcupine Tree CD. It is kind of like Porcupine Tree's
"Tommy". The first CD they have done that incorporates using
a sort of story throughout. But it is done with excellent
taste and precision. The music is simply awesome. Nothing
less than you have come to expect from Porcupine Tree. This
is not a continuation of "Deadwing" (although the title track
seems to be the first written since that CD and could have
easily fit). It is basically a step in another direction for
the band. Nothing drastic, but adding strings and a few other
The title track opens the CD and rocks hard with with
a great bass line throughout. Great lyrics by Steve.*** The
second track is an absolutely beautiful song called "My Ashes".
This is one of the tracks where they use the strings to great
advantage and it adds tremendously to the mood of the song.
Once again, great lyrics by Steve.***
The third track "Anesthetize" is over seventeen minutes
and really is the core of Blank Planet. It weaves itself into
three different corners which contain passages of beautiful
harmonies and rocking distortion. The water section is astounding.
Really an incredible track.***
As the CD continues on in interesting Porcupine fashion
the last 3 tracks all offer something great as well. Robert
Fripp of King Crimson guests on "Way Out Of Here" using his
soundscapes to great effect.***
This is definately a CD to own for prog fans. Even though
at first I did not like it as much as "Deadwing", after a
few listens it grew on me and I now appreciate it much more.
I hesitate to say that it is not as good as "Deadwing" because
it is just different, as each of their CDs are different from
each other. That's what makes them one of the classic prog
bands. The keep it interesting.***
Russ Bellinger May /07