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The two latter tracks though, are simply magnificent, every bit as good as anything on the album, and rock with even more reckless abandon than anything i've heard from this phase of the band yet. Steve Wilson does some fine soloing, and proves he is quite the underrated axeslinger - this is some of the best pure playing he's ever done, especially on the brutal conclusion for "What Happens Now?". Throughout these tracks, Gavin Harrison savagely peppers the listener with absolutely breathtaking airtight fills. His work on "Cheating the Polygraph" (which he also gets a co-writing credit with) is especially noteworthy; Moving from a Bruford-like jazz swing as Wilson's gorgeous chording glides effortlessly over, to frenetic metal choruses showcasing his trademark polyrhythmic double-bass rolls.Read more ›
In particular, Cheating the Polygraph showcases the talents of Gavin Harrison more than any PT track I can think of (besides the live version of Hatesong), and What Happens Now? is one of those tracks that about the third time around you realize just what an amazing song it is.
When I began buying albums they were typically around this length; this one is worth every penny.
Taken together, "Fear of a Blank Planet" and "Nil Recurring" continue the long string of brilliant music that Wilson and his mates have turned out regularly. Perhaps the well-deserved attention is finally coming to them, with the recently announced Grammy nomination for surround sound album. If you love Wilson's other stuff and with no new PTree music on the horizon this year, this is a must.
1.Nil Recurring is an instrumental song
2.Normal is a fantastic song with a great guitar riff (it uses a chorus to that similar on the track "Sentimental" from FOABP)
3.Cheating the Polygraph is what some fans consider to be the best on this album, although it is not my favorite track on the album but it is very unique.
4.What Happens Now? Really really good song, reminds me of The Sky Moves Sideways the way its format is. This and Normal are the two best tracks on the record.
Any PT fan should get Nil Recurring, they will not regret it!!!
Moreover, I thought that Fear of a Blank Planet was a step down compared to the previous two albums, but that changes when you add these songs. The first track on Nil, the title track, is an excellent heavy track. Along with the rocking parts in the other three songs, it makes FoaBP a much heavier album (unlike many who have reviewed FoaBP, I thought it wasn't nearly as heavy as the previous two and is more mellow than I would have preferred). It also makes FoaBP more diverse and complex--overall, raising it from 4 to 5 stars. Quite simply, FoaBP is incomplete without the songs on this ep. No fan of Porcupine Tree should leave Nil Recurring out of their collection.
Combining Nil Recurring with FoaBP makes a nearly perfect 80 minute cd that is every bit the equal in quality to In Absentia and Deadwing. I recommend this order:
1. Fear of a Blank Planet
2. Nil Recurring
4. Cheating the Polygraph
5. Way Out of Here
6. Sleep Together
9. What Happens Next?
10. My Ashes
P.S. $35? --Ouch! Go to the PT website.
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Excellent music and an excellent recording. Steve Wilson and Porcupine Tree are collectively fantastic musicians. Read morePublished 4 days ago by MIchael G.
Probably my most disappointing PT release. Three of the songs are quite clearly earlier versions of songs which ended up on Fear of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason
Im late to the PT scene, picking up every recording I can find including remasters. If you have stumbled upon this page don't look away - this is a small smattering of PT songs yet... Read morePublished 11 months ago by gotstago
In one word, Quality. Thanks for the great music, Porcupine TreePublished 16 months ago by robear69
I have been a huge Porcupine Tree fan for the last few years. I have purchased just about everything from Porcupine Tree, so I decided to purchase this album . Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by DJ
Porcupine Tree is a very unique band. They never really hopped on any trendy bandwagons, like it seems all bands do. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Craig Hamilton