Sound — 10
Back in the nineties, pop music dominated the scene. After a few albums that focused more on progressive/Floyd spacinesss, Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree released this monster of an album. The title of "Stupid Dream" comes from that dream that musicians have that has them thinking that the music industry is a good thing. In truth, you're selling yourself out a lot of the time. So, what does Wilson do relating to this dream? He releases the best pop music you will ever hear. The general sound throughout the entire album is epic pop (As evident by the brilliant opener "Even Less") and prog rock. Progressive music does come in tracks such as "A Smart Kid" and "Baby Dream in Cellophane."
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics, as usual, are brilliant. The brilliantly catchy single "Piano Lessons" tells of how music really seems to come these days ("I come in value packs of ten... in five varieties.") That statement delivered in a catchy pop package: pure satirical brilliance. "Pure Narcotic," "Slave Called Shiver," and "Don't Hate Me" all share the theme of someone who loves someone who doesn't love them back. "A Smart Kid" tells of someone left stranded on Earth after a "chemical harvest." All of this delivered in Steven Wilson's brilliant voice. Top-notch.
Overall Impression — 10
It's hard to compare PT's albums because they are all so brilliant, but this is their best in my opinion. All of the music here is brilliant in every aspect; I don't think these guys could have made it any better than this. This gets my vote for greatest pop album and greatest album of the nineties. Sheer brilliance.