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Poll Question: Which of these is your favorite?
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    Posted: October 18 2017 at 19:56
I won't include any other options because if I did I may as well list all their albums. Lol. 
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Oops. I forgot "recordings." Oh well. 
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I go for Signify. At least, for me, it’s absolutely perfect, end to end.
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Stupid Dream.
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In Absentia is the only classic and almost flawless album they made, so that gets my vote. It's my top PT album, closely followed by Signify.
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This is a somewhat strange selection after having read the poll title. I mean Signify is regarded as part of the early psychedelic years whilst In Absentia was PT's first album with their new alt metal sound signature professionally backed up by new drummer Gavin Harrison. The three mid period PT albums I can think of are Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun and Recordings; all of which fumble around with a certain laid back pop melody on their lips.

Out of the poll choices though it is Signify by quite a vast margin.
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Signify for me.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

This is a somewhat strange selection after having read the poll title. I mean Signify is regarded as part of the early psychedelic years whilst In Absentia was PT's first album with their new alt metal sound signature professionally backed up by new drummer Gavin Harrison. The three mid period PT albums I can think of are Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun and Recordings; all of which fumble around with a certain laid back pop melody on their lips.

Out of the poll choices though it is Signify by quite a vast margin.

Absolutely agree. Of those three, my pick would be Stupid Dream.


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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

This is a somewhat strange selection after having read the poll title. I mean Signify is regarded as part of the early psychedelic years whilst In Absentia was PT's first album with their new alt metal sound signature professionally backed up by new drummer Gavin Harrison. The three mid period PT albums I can think of are Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun and Recordings; all of which fumble around with a certain laid back pop melody on their lips.

Out of the poll choices though it is Signify by quite a vast margin.
 
Completely agree. I love all four, though.
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Stupid Dream.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2017 at 09:39
Yep. They don't all fit into the same sound but that wasn't my goal. I was going more by how they fit in within the timeline of their music so it was more of a chronological thing. I agree though you could break down their catalog like this:

Early psych/Krautrock/PF inspired period:

On the Sunday of Life
Up the Downstairs
The Side Moves Sideways
Signify (although this one has hints of the period to follow)

Alternative/pop prog period 

Stupid Dream
Lightbulb Sun
Recordings

Metal influenced period

In Absentia (although in truth this still retains many elements of the previous period and only about maybe three or four tracks have any real metal in them imo)
Deadwing
Fear of  a Blank Planet

Post metal period:
The Incident (this is one of the few I haven't actually heard but it seems they moved away from metal at this point. Sadly this was their last release.)


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all are excellent

but In Absentia for sure
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Signify is my favorite PT album so I voted for it.
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Stupid Dream, I guess.
In Absentia is hard rocking prog by the numbers. Massively overrated album by a massively overrated band.
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I cannot make a choice, all excellent
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Stupid Dream

Recordings is fine too.



Edited by Olape - October 19 2017 at 19:15
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Shouldn't Metanoia be included?
Signify gets my vote just in front of In Absentia.


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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

The Incident (this is one of the few I haven't actually heard but it seems they moved away from metal at this point. Sadly this was their last release.)
It's not that sad once you hear the album.

I'm giving some love for Lightbulb Sun, there are quite a few favourites on that one.
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Lightbulb Sun for me, it has ...Evacuate Planet Earth which is one of my favourite tracks on any PT album. Vote could just as easily have gone to Signify or Stupid Dream, however.

I always felt PT became a poorer band when they replaced Chris Maitland with Gav Harrison, the metal influenced style never really suited them imo. In Absentia is one of my least favourite PT albums overall, the only ones I like less are Deadwing and The Incident.
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