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A dark Incident
The Incident - Porcupine Tree
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The Incident - Porcupine Tree
Advantages: An Epic
Disadvantages: If you like 3 minuite pop songs, stay away
The album was released in September 14 2009 its Porcupine Tree's 10th but latest album to date, it's a double CD and Lasts for just over 75 mins .
It brought the band critical acclaim with the Classic rock magazine naming Porcupine Tree best band and best album of 2009, The band members consist of Steven Wilson Guitars and vocals, Richard Barbieri Keyboards Colin Edwin Bass and Gavin Harrison on the drumkit
Steve Wilson Most wrote of the materiel, and is the main vocal point for the band, an exceptional talent, Wilson is a typical English musician and is good as any of the past rock composers like Roger waters or Peter Gabriel these people had the ability to weave music and themes around story lines and concepts, with an superb vocal delivery and great Guitar work, the Idea of the Incident came to Wilson when he was stuck in a traffic jam and the flashing warning sign was showing Police - Incident.
The word Incident struck Steve Wilson as being rather a detached word in context of the carnage of the traffic accident he had witnessed, this was the trigger for the writing process that spawned the mammoth 55 Min concept piece That takes up the first CD, the band also went on to tour in 2010 and would play the whole incident track.
Track 1 as mentioned a 55-minute concept split into 14 tracks the shortest being 1.26 the longest 11.41
The opening track is Occams Razor a Dramatic opening of drums guitar and bass a pounding three-chord intro that makes way to an eerie electronic sound effects.
2 Blind house an starts with the pounding beat similar to the opening track but is broken up by soothing acoustic guitar and lead vocal and vocal Harmonies, the track then slows and enters into more keyboard weirdness with a gentle Wilson vocal over the top before the pounding guitar and bass finish the song off.
3. Great Expectations lovely acoustic and vocal opening, then with the injection of the rest of the band.
4. Kneel and Disconnect. stars with some slow and steady piano work and vocal background electronic sounds giving the song a nice atmosphere.
5 Drawing The Line. Is a straightforward rock track that could easily been a single for the band as its quite an accessible song.
6. The Incident Quirky slow keyboards and spoken vocals with the drums tapping out a echoed rhythm the words are about this slow creeping traffic jam that Wilson was stuck in that inspired the album, the pace of the number increases over repeated vocals, then the song brakes free into a normal steady rock tune that builds until its conclusion.
7.Your Unpleasant Family. Vocals guitar and double beat bass drum start the song with the opening line your unpleasant family smashed up my car, some nice slide guitar interjects accompanied with bass and drums and at 1 48 that's it.
8. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train. Once more a short number with atmospheric Hammond organ and choral effects
9. Time Flies. A fantastic track amongst the quirky short bits and pieces it does remind me of Pink Floyd's Pigs On The Wing from Animals its starts off lively enough then comes back down to earth only to slowly increase in intensity this rise and fall in dramatics is very effective and is the standout number here.
10. Degree Zero of Liberty. Opening of Occams Razor is revisited but with a guitar sequence in the middle of the song.
11. Octane Twisted. Back to a steady normalish song with weaving vocals until we move in heavy metal territory for a short while with a blazing chord sequence this then cuts back and forth to a slower tempo but its done to great effect.
12 The Séance. Atmospheric song about a séance with acoustic guitar and Wilson's prominent vocal keyboards melt into the number and then some rock guitar, this is the great thing with Porcupine Tree you never quite know what direction the song will take its full of surprises but not a tangled mess but a woven tapestry that fits together seamlessly.
13. Circle Of Manias. Bobbing and weaving bass Drums and Distorted guitar and instrumental showing the heavy side of the band and when needed this band can churn out a Heavy song as good as the best of them.
14. I Drive the Hearse. Last section on the marathon concept piece, phew still with me.
Another stands out number from the album just a gentle voyage of music that flows downstream with the odd crashing rapid ahead.
Track 1 Flicker. Opens with spacey Keyboards and the mood then rises steadily with some nice guitar solo work, I hate to use these modern day phrases but a chill out track with a slight edge.
Track 2 Bonnie the Cat. Not sure how the title of the track reflects the song but it's not about a cat, it's a dark brooding number that is a about relationship breakdown it has a kind of hypnotic quality and just as your caught by that repetitive rhythm it drops down into darkness, then out of the dark back into the light.
Track 3. Black Dahlia. This song is another slow burner and most certainly a nod in the direction of Pink Floyd not that's a criticism the band take obvious influences and make them fresh and original.
Track 4. Remember Me Lover. Not my personal favorite its just sounds to messy and really is directionless in the opening minutes but then the band kicks into heavy metal mode and renews my interest but it's a forgettable track in what is overall a brilliant album.
So there we have it, Its quite a big chunk of Porcupine Tree pie to take in one go but this album will grow on you Its dark moody menacing light and heavy, with as mentioned hints of influence here and there if you wish to get into PT then maybe Deadwing or Fear Of A Blank Planet would be a better starting point before moving on to the main course of Incident.
PT are a fantastic band that deserve a listen for all of those who enjoy great musicianship with clever imaginative writing and wonderful varied moods of music, they are not household names but are getting more recognition as the years pass, they are one band that today that holds my interest they could come under the banner of progressive rock but that would be unfair because they are much more than that, go and discover their music.
Summary: Suberb Album from a great British Band