Even the indie-obsessed BBC has noticed Porcupine Tree’s chart success
Observant chart watchers may have noticed an unfamiliar – and unusual – name in the UK top 30 album chart this week.
Among a flurry of new entries from Peter Andre, Jay-Z, Pixie Lott and David Gray is an album by a band that has been around longer than any of them: Porcupine Tree.
Yes, Porcupine Tree’s new album, “The Incident”, has charted at No 23, in the same week as Muse, who despite being in the NME are proggier than a very prog thing, are sitting at No 1.
Of course, some people are never happy…
Bad news: the article is a remix of the usual “prog’s back!” non-story and, worse, SW doesn’t reject the label this time.
Personally I thought Steve Wilson’s “we’re not prog” was always rather silly, and my opinions of genre gerrymanderers who make a distinction between “progressive” (i.e. music they like) and “prog” (i.e. music they don’t) is well-documented. I’m not interested in reopening that argument yet again. Post self-justifying rants in the comments and I will track you down and force you to listen to Arena…
As for the album itself, it’s certainly one of those that takes quite a few listens to get into.