8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
I remember buying this at Progfest 96, based off the recommendations of someone there. "It's like Wish You Were Here, but updated". Is it? Yes. Does that suffice? No. Think about all the breathing room those fantastic 70s albums have, where you put on the album, lay back, and are transported... This Does That. From Gilmore-like guitar licks to the overwhelming soundstage (hey, I can see my universe from here), you can see the influences. But I don't care - PT is their own thing. Listen to the later albums and you see the changes. Listen to the prior albums and you see this coming.
But if you like even a little Pink Floyd, or a little bit "spacy" music, you owe it to yourself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A phone call with a friend in England recently led to a suggestion that I listen to Porcupine Tree. My friend, knowing of my suupoty of the Pink Floyd, and who himself had been an avid fan, was bemoaning the long overdue appearance of a new Floyd album and hoping against hope that David Gilmore would reassemble the band in the aftermath of the settlement of Roger Waters' lawsuit.
I managed to find this album at the local music store along with a number of later releases and from the moment the first chord struck, I thought Floyd.
Now, dear reader, a long time ago in England's pleasant land, I had suspected that the Pink Floyd would follow a different path than the one they chose by recording Dark Side of the... I believed that the Tangerine Dream album Zeit should have been the course they charted but alas they did not and steered themselves into the megaband they once were.
So, having heard this album a couple of times I still think Floyd whenever it is on. Not any old Floyd but UmmaGumma Floyd with dashes and Sprinkles of other, earlier albums predominantly although there are some animals in there too and wish you were here. In many respects it is reminiscent of the first Starsailor album being too Tim Buckley than Tim Buckley. They say that the best form of praise is to copy the originator so clearly there is a genuflection to the earlier band. And, as you listen closely there are Gilmore's hallmark devices, the saoring guitar and those recognisable ;ittle quirks. Praise indeed.
Do not get me wrong. The music here is very listenable and strolls along in a very amiable and quixotic way. Ambient yet not, rock yet not. There is a very dreamlike quality about it and it really does sound very clear on a good sound system with separation much like Dire Straits Brothers In Arms. in comaprison to later works this is a more experimental album and yet it is a strong testament to early influences. It is a mood album with it's own dynamic and is clearly an early morning chill album much like some Indian ragas.
I would compare thee to a fine wine. It is clear that the bottle comes from a strong branded family but it is obvious that it is a different vintage and comes from an off the beaten track chateau. It is music for the dawn as the night is slowly vanquished by the strengthening rays of the sun until the tired watcher falls into slumber.
Certainly an album to savour, certainly music to miss Floyd by and certainly a point of departure for a band who clearly have much more to offer.
Watch this space for more reviews of their other albums.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2010
I tend to love the extended versions/alternate versions of songs. I hoped that this double CD would follow that trend, and it did not disappoint. On side 1, I knew what I was getting with Sky Moves Sideways 1( I had already heard it on "Stars Die-The Delerium Years 91-97")."Dislocated Day" moves up the speed of the first side and moves into a very strong, but subtle "The Moon Touches You Shoulder"."Prepare Yourself" is a great lead-in to "The Sky Moves Sideways 2", another great song. Disc 2 starts with the complete version of "Sky Moves Sideways" -alternate version (34 plus minutes), which if you love extended songs is a joy to the ears. "Stars Die" is a great song to listen to. Next we have the two version of "Moonloop", both of them are fine songs, although I prefer the longer 16 minute one myself.
I am glad that I had purchased this, and I highly recommend it to you if you're already a Porcupine Tree fan, or someone starting to listen to them.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Seems that ANYONE who enjoys the Pink Floyd - 'Ummagumma' 2-CD classic is more or less guaranteed to dig this disc, or for that matter a good most of ALL Porcupine Tree releases. 'The Sky Moves Forward' was originally put out in 1995, as it was the group's second piece of work to rattle our brains. The line-up here, which is Steve Wilson - guitar & vocals, Colin Edwin - bass, Richard Barbieri - keyboards and Chris Maitland - drums appears to be a long-lasting one, because I believe this very line-up remains intact even today. 'Sky' is not so much as space rock, like some may assume (including myself at first), but more like 'progressive art rock'. The tracks here I was sort of blown away with were the two (2) title cuts, "The Sky Moves Sideways - Phase One" (18:43) and "The Sky Moves Sideways - Phase Two" (16:46). Plus, I also liked "Moonloop", of which also shows up on their live 'Coma Divine' CD (see my review). Well worth checking out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 1998
This band is NOT trying to be early '70s Floyd. While its instrumental work may remind you of Floyd at times, there are completely different inspirations. Check out Signify, a work much more indicative of PT, but don't miss this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
This album was the last in Porcupine Tree's initial psychedelic style; with the next album, "Signify", major changes would begin. Many people have drawn comparisons with Pink Floyd; certainly the opening section of the first song has a very Floydian vibe. But overall the album is not a Floyd clone at all, being squarely within the neo-psych territory of PT's earlier "Up The Downstair" and "Voyage 34", with trance-dance sections intermingling with pastoral guitars and sound collages dominating the two "phases" of the title track. "Dislocated Day" is straight-ahead wah-ified psychedelic rock. "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" is probably the song that is closest to Floyd in character, with it's low-to-high build; but it is more the Floyd of "More" than anything else.
The album is uneven, however. Many of the instrumental sections sound a bit too much like noodling - good sounding noodling, but noodling nonetheless. "Sky Moves Sideways Phase 1" and "Dislocated Day" are two of the best songs of the entire pre-Signify era; but "Moon" developed better as a live song (available on "Coma Divine"), and the majority of everything after that on disk 1 is dispensible. The alternate version of SMS on disk 2 is really only of historical interest, while "Moonloop" is another song that improved with age as it was played live. "Stars Die" is however, a very nice low-key ballad.
So really my rating should probably be 3 1/2, because two-thirds of this total package is rather mediocre by PT standards. That does not mean that it is bad, or that it will send you frantically reaching for the OFF on your remote; it just tends to fade out on you after a while. So that is 3 material. But "Sky Moves Sideways Phase 1" and "Dislocated Day" are solid 5 material and "Stars Die" is a good 4. So there you are. If you are unfamiliar with PT's earlier style, this is still probably the best album of that group to start with. To overall PT fans, the first two tracks are worth the price of admission alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
This is the third CD band and always good. This remastered and with bonus CD was quite enriched. There are songs with good to great variations between a more melodic and electronic sounds. There is an electronic boring or repetitive. The tracks "The Sky Moves Sideways" heads are cars on the CD, but there are two songs that "Moonloop" and "Stars Die" are very interesting. The whole set is very good. There are no ugly music in this album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
If you like Porcupine Tree, then this is a must add for your collection. Very different and the second and third cycle, it gets better.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2010
Great perfect don't even think about buying this album before pressing the buttons just get it you will not regret it. Same for their other albums from this seller. Think Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, but not a replica, just a lot of similarities. It has a fresh new feeling no other progressive artists have ever brought before, while reminding us of Pink Floyd at the same time. The song The Sky Moves Sideways is divided into two parts much like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, but it is even more spacey, and an even fuller feeling to the atmosphere created. Steven Wilson's genius shines through using flute's, and his guitar to create some of the most beautiful music ever. Dislocated Day, is actually quite heavy, and if anybody is a Rainbow fan they may recognize that the riff sounds extremely similar to Gates of Babylon, but it is still a great song nonetheless. Highly Recommended especially if you are a fan of Pink Floyd, experimental, 1970's progressive rock, or classic rock in general you should love this.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2001
. . . and this is no exception.
This is one of Porcupine Tree's several masterpieces! Fantastic, moving long songs, great eery, mystical lyrics and sound, just the most perfect harmonies -- you've got to have The Sky Moves Sideways.
Get this cd, and then pick up Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun, Signify, On The Sunday of Life, Recordings,and Up The Downstairs. You will be forever grateful since such purchases will pay you back 1000-fold in pure joy!
P.S. I just saw Porcupine Tree in concert in NY, and that was undeniably the BEST musical event I've ever attended in my life. This band is simply the best!