Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream

Originally conceived as a one man project by leader Steven Wilson, Stupid Dream marks the true coming of age for this UK quartet. Whereas past releases have seen the group flutter back and forth between ‘80s-influenced progressive rock and early ‘70s Pink Floyd-inspired psychedelia, Stupid Dream sees Wilson and co. streamline their direction. The songs are more concise and better written, and tracks like “Piano Lessons” and “Baby Dream in Cellophane” are executed in under five minutes, something uncommon on the band's previous four releases. This new songwriting approach fits the band's musical ability much better. It’s the missing bridge between Meddle-era Floyd and Radiohead. (K Scope)