Thanks for the patience y'all, should be regular updates from now on. Also looks like a new Stevie album will be out before this ends. Lightbulb Sun Released a little over a year later, Lightbulb Sun is very much a continuation of the more commercial/accessible direction of Stupid Dream. In many ways, it is the second part of the previous album. Many of the lyrical themes are also similar, including critiques of pop music (Four Chords That Made a Million) and stories of failed relationships (Russia On Ice). Musically, the usual suspects have influenced Steven Wilson. This album features the band’s usual blend of psychedelic, prog rock, and pop. However, Lightbulb Sun is significant because it is the first album to bring in Metal as an influence. Of course around this time, Stevie met Mikael from Opeth and the two would form one of the most notorious musical partnerships. The Metal influence would only grow from here and become one of Porcupine Tree’s main influences by the end of the band’s lifespan. The album is also divided into two parts, showcasing two sides of the band. The first half of the album is their more recent song oriented style while the second half is going back to the experimental side. I think most fans see Lightbulb Sun as the as the last “old” PT album. This is the era where they began to develop their own sound and became recognized by a wider audience. However, there was one more change that needed to be made before the start of “modern” PT. We’ll get to that later. Spoiler: Critical Reception This is another popular album for them. Some fans even consider it the best of them all. The Pink Floyd comparisons haven’t gone away yet, but at this point PT is being praised for carving out their own style. The consensus seems to be that of all the old school PT albums, this one is the best (it’s either this or Stupid Dream). So for those who enjoyed the classic PT sound, enjoy it while it’s still here. For those (like me) ready to move on, finally! Release Information: There are some “b-sides” from this era. We won’t be including any of these, but if you want the complete experience, go for the 2008 Kscope 3CD version. It includes four unreleased songs. One of them, Buying New Soul, is a song that SW is actually fond of. It was just written too late in the production process. Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be much variation between the different releases. I will be going with the most recent 2008 remaster (standard version).