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Closure / Continuation

Porcupine Tree

Closure / Continuation

Eleventh album and first since 2009 from Steven Wilson's longstanding prog rock outfit

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  1. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Darker twists on modern anxieties shape Herd Culling, which evokes Wilson’s fascination with film in its ominous horror-movie lyrics
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Steven Wilson’s clear, melancholy vocals sometimes ignore the melodies as his dystopian ruminations pour out
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  3. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    After a 13-year wait, this is not a product made for old time’s sake – it is a vital, breathing work, exploring the gaps between extremes posed by the band and the prog world at large
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  4. 7.0 |   All Music

    A welcome new entry in PT's catalog, it reveals in fits and starts that the band have plenty left to say - just what that is remains elusive and unclear on this wide-ranging return
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  5. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    Whilst Closure/Continuation doesn't enable Porcupine Tree to move forwards, it doesn't hinder them either
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    There’s plenty for prog loyalists to appreciate in the knotty polyrhythms, hopscotching bass and divebombing guitar excursions of tracks such as “Harridan” and “Chimera’s Wreck”. Print edition only

  7. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    On its first album in over a decade, the UK prog band embraces a newly collaborative process, setting an atmosphere of creeping tension and volatility
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  8. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    After a 12-year hiatus, the trio return with an inquisitive, unpredictable set that finds their experimental side intact
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  9. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Porcupine Tree’s 11th studio album implies a summary of a body of work running back 35 years
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  10. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Closure/Continuation captures and rejuvenates the cerebral and melancholic mood that’s Porcupine Tree’s signature, but uncertainty hangs over the proceedings
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