YMMV: Porcupine Tree

  • Acceptable Targets: Technology, organized religion and the music industry.
  • Awesome Music: Take your pick.
    • Some will admit besides "Blackest Eyes", "Anesthetize" is a pretty grand song, especially when it hits "The Pills I'm Taking".
  • Broken Base: Wilson's solo career and his friendship with Mikael Akerfeldt seems to be this for fans, due to some feeling betrayed Wilson put Porcupine Tree on hold for his solo career and his influence on Opeth changed their music, Ironically since Wilson helped produce Blackwater Park and the beloved Damnation.
  • Creator Worship: Many people think that Steven Wilson is a musical god. It probably helps that he is a pretty nice guy
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "Linton Samuel Dawson". It sounds like it's being sung by a Minion.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Quite a few examples, but the 14-minute version of "Even Less" stands out.
  • Epic Riff: Several, especially "Occam's Razor".
    • The main riff in "Blackest Eyes" has become one of progressive metal's signature riffs.
  • Face of the Band: Steven Wilson is Porcupine Tree. On earlier PT records, he actually was, as he was doing every part himself.
    • He's also a regular in several other bands like Blackfield and No-Man, has performed on albums by Dream Theater, Opeth and Pendulum, just to name a few. Productive guy.
    • This is not even getting into his solo side projects, which aside from the obvious self-titled stuff includes Bass Communion (ambient drone music) and the Incredible Expanding Mindfuck (experimental rock). Productive doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Steven Wilson, full stop.
  • Magnum Opus: In Absentia, arguably Fear of a Blank Planet.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Have their own page.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus believes The Incident is this, feeling it's a weak album and doesn't really stand out from all the other releases (other than it being a fifty-five minute piece cut into fourteen parts).
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Half Light". Possibly doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Tear Jerker: Have their own page.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Some hardcore detractors will say Wilson's attitude (mainly towards music) has changed over the years, one person pointing out Wilson's criticizing several known progressive musicians for being "the death of prog" only to incorporate said musicians's style into his later album. Of course some fans can just assume Wilson changed his mind after this, being the Nice Guy he is.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The lyrics of Nine Cats. Full stop.
    • As seen below under Word Salad Lyrics, many of the lyrics prior to The Sky Moves Sideways or arguably Signify could fall under this. Nine Cats seems almost sensible compared to The Joke's On You.