|24 Jun 2022||CD, LP, Deluxe (CD+LP)|
I'm a big Porcupine Tree fan. Their first few albums excepted (i.e. actually Steven Wilson solo albums), I like all their CDs, some very much. A new PT album after more than a decade should have been huge news for me, but instead I was feeling some apprehension, this based on recent interviews by Wilson on which he pretty much said he did not like electric guitar or rock music anymore. Also, the Porcupine Tree break up (never annouced by Wilson) was not well taken by the other members. Because of that, I could not help myself from thinking that the trio (Colin Edwin has not been invited to the party) reunited for other reasons than the pleasure of working together again.
After a few spins I must say that I like Closure/Continuation. A good mix of heavier tracks, ballads and poppier rock songs makes the listening experience very enjoyable from begining to end. The album is excellently produced and the playing at top level. I do miss Edwin's relaxed and melodic bass playing (even on heavier songs) but Wilson's very dynamic style does add some punch on the energetic tracks. The CD version I have has three bonus songs. The first one sounds a bit like it's unfinished, but the two others are nice pop/rock songs that would have fitted well on a Blackfield album.
If Closure/Continuation is the ''finale'' for this great band it is a very good one. Not as adventurous as most of their previous albums, but a nice selective review of their previous musical styles.