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Porcupine Tree


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4.27 | 2697 ratings

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4 stars First of all I cant understand how people can give this masterpiece status after a few days of its release. For me a masterpiece album is something thats not discovered within days of the release, it takes time to determine if its a masterpiece or not.

Fear of a Blank Planet is the ninth studio album by Porcupine Tree. The album title is based on Public Enemys "Fear of a black planet" and its a concept album about the aphaty in todays society, especially among the youth. Tv and computer games suck up more and more of their time. In other words, its a concept album about us "amusing ourselves to death" culture

On this release PT is a little bit more mellow out than the previous album and they dont have as many riffs an hard parts, but there is some. Im glad that the album is mostly atmospheric and calm.

The title track sucks us right in with a rocking groove that remind me of Deadwing and my first thought was, here we go again.....The next tracks tells me however that this is not Deadwing II. Anesthetize is the albums best track and its a whopping 17 min epic, that starts very quiet and beautiful and moves on to Tool/Opeth-like riff-o-rama with impressive drumming from Gavin Harrison and closes in a way Pink Flody would envy (think echoes). Sentimental is the most beautiful track on the album and reminds me of Trains from In Absentia, but its not so radio friendly as Trains.

"How can I be sure I'm here? The pills that I've been taking confuse me".

The production is lush, rich, clear, dynamic. As one can expect of an PT release. The band is largely covering familiar territory here but it adds something here and tweaks something there. Their best release so far!

When the album ends I want more.....

I would recommend this album to everyone who like good melodic rock music with some progressive twist to it. If your a fan of previous PT, you will like this album.

A 4 star album, but far from a masterpiece....

Kid.A | 4/5 |


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