Porcupine Tree – The Sound Of Muzak (2002)
If you write a song lamenting the descent of music into demographic-targetted, packaged crap, you’d better make sure it’s a cracking good song. No worries with Porcupine Tree in the driving seat. Musically there’s a great contrast between the muscular 7/4 verse (also meriting inclusion in my Uncommon Time series!) and the sumptuous common-time chorus. I even appreciate the lyrics, which is very unusual for me. Steven Wilson sings clearly and writes to-the-point lyrics, which probably don’t win any awards for poetry but cut to the chase adroitly. For example, ‘The music of rebellion / Makes you wanna rage / But it’s made by millionaires / Who are nearly twice your age‘.