Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson, while inherently in the progressive rock genre, are really a category unto themselves. I am never less than totally absorbed by any PT or SW record I ever play. This record is no exception. The man's a genius!
When I was 16, my mate, Robert Hiscox and I discovered Tom Petty one idle afternoon. I remember it distinctly. The record playing continuously on a cheap, portable record player. It was an absolute bolt from the blue and still stands as one of my favourite "rock" moments.
The first track "My Only True Friend" just speaks volumes. I'll let Gregg do the talking. "You and I both know, this river will surely flow to an end/Keep me in your heart...I hope you're haunted by the music of my soul.."
Picked up this beautiful gate-fold vinyl record for bugger all from the big red shed. This wee late 60's gem was just begging to join my collection. I didn't know a lot about this record only that it pops up regularly on some of those "highly regarded" lists.
Still enigmatic after all of these years, 23 of them at last count, I will never do it any justice by talking about it. Grab a chair, close your eyes and don't move for all of it's 50 odd minutes - just listen. It's a piece of music you must hear at least once in your lifetime.
His most recent recent release takes him to a whole new level. In all seriousness, I can't think of a better record than this all year. It's grim, it's brutal, it's relevant in it's dystopian overtones and it absolutely kicks arse!