Stupid Dream Review

artist: Porcupine Tree date: 12/17/2007 category: compact discs
Porcupine Tree: Stupid Dream
Release Date: Apr 6, 1999
Genres: Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Experimental
Label: Snapper
Number Of Tracks: 12
Psychedelic music-heads, texture lovers and Radiohead fans take note: you've got a real treat coming once this is available again, and experiencing "Stupid Dream" for the first time is a marvel.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
Stupid Dream Reviewed by: CaptainSBDA, on december 17, 2007
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Sound: 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." // 10

Lyrics: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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overall: 9.3
Stupid Dream Reviewed by: aenimafist, on january 12, 2008
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Sound: Okay this is a strange band. They are both heavy and dark. Then sometimes they are almost anthemish like in Piano Lessons. That reminds me of Smells Like Teen Spirit believe it or not. The chord progression build up seems rather standard but with the additional help of synths and extra guitars, the overall effect is astounding. This goes for all songs. Even Less is a great way to start off the album. The bassist is very talented and is not afraid to stand out. He does a very good job on Slave Called Shiver. Steven Wilson uses some really cool sound effects with his guitar and his Line 6 POD. Yay! // 10

Lyrics: Steven Wilson is a Brit so you know the lyrics will probably be intriguing. Floyd's were and this band seems to model off the Floyd slightly. For instance on Even Less, the intro is a slow fade in followed by a thick and distorted slide guitar which does soe dark melodies after doing a riff off of a D-shaped chord. The the band comes in and blows the house down. The synths added to the melody greatly. The lyrics on Even Less are some of the best on the album. The opening line is rather odd: "A body is washed up on a Norfolk beach". Or something like that. Piano Lessons tells a story and those are good too. // 9

Overall Impression: The only thing stupid about this album is the third song Stupid Dream. It seems to just be some ambient noise that has a rythm to it. A song that is the same as the album title ought to be more than just that. Other than that I see no real reason to complain. I would recomend this album to anyone who likes both Rush and Tool. Oh, and best songs on the album are as follows: Piano Lessons, Even Less, Baby Dream In Cellophane, Slave Called Shiver, and This is no Rehearsal. // 9

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