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Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet CD (album) cover


Porcupine Tree


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4.25 | 2365 ratings

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5 stars edit: 6/12/08Yes, it's a Masterpiece... at least a Masterpiece of 2007.

From the dark lyrics of the opener Fear of A Blank Planet, you can tell this album isn't going to be uplifting. On My Ashes, it changes moods from anger to a more sad realization of what's going wrong. It is a very atmospheric song. Then in Anesthesize the great drumming and strong progressive musical changes really let out a beast. In fact, id like to stop touch on Gavin Harrison's drumming in the album for a minute. If i hadn't seen the dvd Arriving Somewhere... and hadn't heard this album, I would have though Gavin Harrison was nothing more than a solid, yet dull, drummer. After hearing him play in FoABP, i can safely say that he is absolutely phenominal. He is creative, he plays dynamically, and he plays with emotion. Anyone who is a drummer or a fan or drummers must hear this album for that reason alone. O.K back to the songs. In Sentimental the beautiful piano driven ballad is complemented perfectly by Steven Wilsons voice, which goes from childish and timid sounding to mature and full sounding in the same song; very cool. Then in Way out of Here we get a very emotionally charged song once again, this really hits you hard with a sonic flood of sound. Finally Sleep Together (which incidentally is probably the weakest song of the album) closes in a dark and harsh way, personally id rather it had ended on an uplifting note, but would really be up to personal taste.

Fear of A Blank Planet has everything you would want from a depressing album about the drug, sex, and videogame overdosed pre-teens of today. Fantastic sonic sound scapes, beautiful ballads, angry wailings, and Gavin Harrison's percussive genius. Definitely one of the best albums of this year. Outstanding, and completely deserving of all the great reviews it's collected.

edit: Upon listening to this album with rather nice Grado headphones, fully exposing its amazing production and exposing Gavin's percussive genious even more, I have come to the conclusion that this is not a 4 star album, but a Masterpiece 5.

2007 was the year of Porcupine Tree and Fear of a Blank Planet.

SoundsofSeasons | 5/5 |


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