Stupid Dream (studio album) by Porcupine Tree

Stupid Dream by Porcupine Tree
Year: 1999
Overall rank: 1,692nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 247 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1999 (36th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (315th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,692nd)
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Porcupine Tree bestography

Stupid Dream is ranked 4th best out of 39 albums by Porcupine Tree on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Porcupine Tree is Fear Of A Blank Planet which is ranked number 422 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,262.

Porcupine Tree album bestography « Higher ranked (666th) This album (1,692nd) Lower ranked (1,855th) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 247 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 78.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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From 03/04/2022 18:43
I absolutely love this album. It doesn't have the killer riff which opens 'In Absentia' or the trippy spaces of 'Voyage 34' but it sure as hell has everything else! I personally like 'Piano Lessons', 'Pure Narcotic' and 'Don't Hate Me'. But it's all brilliant!
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From 12/28/2021 18:26
Another amazing album by an amazing and unappreciated band. Still struggle to fathom how they never made it mainstream... none of their albums ever made a top 20 in the UK!

This album has something for everyone - pop song (Piano Lessons), 9 minute prog song (Don't Hate Me), beautiful piano ballad (Pure Narcotic). All the best of Porcupine Tree, it's just missing a heavy rock song.

My highlights are Piano Lessons, Pure Narcotic, Slave Called Shiver and Stranger By The Minute. Stop Swimming is the only forgettable song off the album for me.

Any Radiohead or Pink Floyd fan, you have to listen to these guys.
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Top 30 albums of the 1990s without a doubt!
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From 02/25/2017 17:03
Digging into Mr. Wilson's back catalogue. This is just more amazing music from a true master. The dude just keeps moving higher up my list of favourite musical artists. I don't get why there's not more love for Stranger by the Minute, a riff as great as any of the best Frusciante.
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From 05/25/2013 02:49
Will probably need to return to this one in a not too distant future. My impression is that it starts out fantastic but loses momentum with Baby Dream in Cellophane and never manages to pick it back up (despite a rather strong track in Tinto Brass). Nevertheless, a decent album that very well may become better with subsequent listens.
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From 12/16/2012 14:42
The best Porcupine Tree album, and one of the best albums I've ever listened to. Consistent all the way through and perfect for long listening sessions. The whole album is fantastic - there is never a low point.

Just look at A Smart Kid, Tinto Brass, Piano Lessons, Don't Hate Me, and Even Less; they are all the best song on the album, depending on your mood when listening to it. Stop Swimming, Pure Narcotic, and Stranger By The Minute are other highlights. Slave Called Shiver, Baby Dream In Cellophane, and This Is No Rehearsal are also great. And Stupid Dream's awesome, as far as 30-second interludes go.

I don't think there are any songs left on the album once you take those away. :)

So give it a try. And once you try this, check out the rest of their fantastic discography (specifically In Absentia and Deadwing). You'll be marvelled and taken away by their sound, unique to every release they've put out.
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From 09/16/2012 22:55
Their most commercial album but none the worse for it. Every track is spot on. It starts with For Even Less - a brilliant, haunting tale of lost youth and friendship. Piano Lessons follows - for anyone who has ever taken any, it aches with memories. Slave Called Shiver and This Is No Rehearsal also stand out, with the final song - Stop Swimming - rounding it all out. Just wonderful.
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From 05/13/2012 02:20
Brilliant album from Porcupine Tree. Favourites are Even Less, Don't Hate Me, A Smart Kid and Tinto Brass. It was this album that got me interested in Radiohead - for obvious reasons!
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