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  • Summary: This is the first full-length studio release for British rock band Porcupine Tree since 2009's The Incident.
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  1. Jun 20, 2022
    80
    The result perhaps misses the conceptual cogency of earlier Tree peaks. But it doesn’t want for controlled reach. Over a tight 48 minutes, C/C weds a reinvigorated affirmation of band identity to expansive energies, all to confident effect: “The sum of all, of new and old,” as Wilson’s lyrics put it.
  2. 80
    An elegant and accomplished treasure from experts in their field. [Jul 2022, p.80]
  3. Jun 23, 2022
    80
    While Closure/Continuation doesn’t contain the triumphs of past efforts, it is a rewarding listen from start to finish and adds another medal around prog-rock ambassador Steven Wilson. This dexterous trio appears delighted to deliver for their core audience to whom what they hope is a new beginning.
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    Jun 20, 2022
    70
    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”, but genre agnostics may find more inviting access points in the sumptuous stripes of rueful melody, nuggety riffs and widescreen pomp-rock dynamics that Wilson and friends create. [Jul 2022, p.31]
  5. Jun 20, 2022
    60
    Its weaker moments suggest a group that’s struggling to find something new to say, both thematically and musically. But when the band stretches out and explores their full dynamic range, capturing the dystopian overtones wafting through Wilson’s lyrics, they’re still capable of reaching cathartic heights.
  6. Jun 21, 2022
    60
    Yet by the end of Closure/Continuation, the main feeling that’s left behind is a sense of limbo. Wilson, Harrison, and Barbieri remain top-notch musicians, comfortable in songs that require technical proficiencies well above the average rock or pop musician. At its best, the album captures and rejuvenates the cerebral and melancholic mood that is Porcupine Tree’s signature. But in the end, the uncertainty innate to a title like Closure/Continuation hangs over the proceedings.
  7. Jun 24, 2022
    60
    Progressive to the very soles of its nine-minute songs, and characterised by a level of instrumental proficiency that is, occasionally, emotionally detached.

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  1. Jun 26, 2022
    10
    What an awesome return for Porcupine Tree, I thought the day of sliding another PT album into my collection was long over! The new album isWhat an awesome return for Porcupine Tree, I thought the day of sliding another PT album into my collection was long over! The new album is incredible, its same but different to their previous albums, with Chrimera's Wreck and Dignity being true standout songs.
    Its a great album to introduce to new fans too.
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  2. Jun 24, 2022
    10
    Literally the best porcupine tree album in a decade.
    I am absolutely in love with this album. It goes hard af.
    I love all the songs other than
    Literally the best porcupine tree album in a decade.
    I am absolutely in love with this album. It goes hard af.
    I love all the songs other than rats return.
    Harridan goes off with all of the sick drums. Gavin Harrison delivers some of the best drumming in all porcupine tree discography.
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