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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.26 | 2619 ratings

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5 stars I give this album a 4.5 out of 5 stars

This album is basically a heavier version of the 1999 album stupid dream. While some songs in stupid dream used a melodic approach. In absentia continues to use the same approach but going to a more metal atmosphere. (Thanks to opeth) In my previous review of porcupine tree's 2007 album "Fear of a blank planet" I stated that FOABP is one of their best albums. In absentia is also one of their best album even a bit better then "fear of a blank planet".

Is in absentia prog rock? Who cares. Even if In absentia wasn't prog, that won't matter because I'll still rate this album 4.5 stars if the album was prog or not.

Blackest eyes (B+)

Trains (A-)

Lips of ashes (B+)

Sound of Muzak (B+)

Gravity eyelids (A-)

Wedding nails (B-)

Prodigal (B+)

3. (B)

The creator has a mastertape (C)

Heart attack In a layby (A-)

Strip the soul (C+)

Collapse the light into the earth (B-)

Overall album rating (A-)

Overall verdict of this album is great, it's a solid album holding some great tracks. The problem with this album that it albums holds some "decent" songs in the album. Tracks that stand out are gravity eyelids, trains, heart attack in a layby. Gravity eyelids goes back into their previous style but in the last half of the track it goes all metal and personally it holds as one of their best songs. Trains is definitely the closest thing that had the potential to become a masterpiece. But because it sounds so commercial it's nothing special but it's still a great song. And sound of Muzak is their overrated song but it holds a nice melodic chorus and shares a few progressive rock elements in the song (4/4 and also moving into 5/4)

But would I waste 15$ bucks just to buy this album? Yes I would. The fact that this is porcupine tree's best work yet proves should be in everyone's collection who like prog metal/prog rock, alt metal and etc. would enjoy in absentia.

inkblowout | 5/5 |


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