In Absentia

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 123 ratings
2002 Ratings: #38
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September 24, 2002 / Release Date
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Lava / Label
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A well thought-out album, with great progressive elements that go unnoticed on first listen, given the captivating overall melodic and songwritting accumen it displays.
Vicious but also pretty, great ability to develop a theme over a long runtime for each track. So many ideas and most of them deliver. It grows on me with every listen, as it requires a bit of patience to be fully appreciated.

One of the best things about this album is its album cover. Yeah, it's like, you're right there already just by looking at it. And what I mean is, it's very intriguing and captivating.
On one hand, I love how strange and eerie and cold it looks, yet on the other, it almost reminds me of Tool pretty much every time I look at it. For some reason, it reminds me of their song, "Stinkfist." Anyway, enough trivial babbling. In Absentia is a fucking masterpiece. Heh. That was easy. It feels ... read more
A very well executed prog record, with loads of interesting moments. It feels very fresh and bright, but there's a dark atmosphere surrounding it. It's like I found the dark side of heaven, and I really like it.

The first 3 tracks stand very strong, with Trains being one of the best songs I've ever heard. Really great album!

Edit: updated my rating, this thing gets 10 times better every time I listen to it
In Absentia is, in most concise terms, missed potential. In Absentia had all the makings of a masterpiece: killer singles, Porcupine Tree's preexisting cult following, and incredible musicianship. And yet, plodding instrumentals and mindless passages ruin what should be a seminal album in modern prog-rock. Unfortunately, it is because of this missed potential that In Absentia feels as painful as it does.
The album begins with the searing "Blackest Eyes", a deep-dive into the mind of ... read more
This album hits differently when you're in bed, high from medications, from getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Favorite Tracks: "Trains", "Strip the Soul", "The Sound of Muzak", "Heartattack in a Layby", "The Creator Has a Mastertape"

Least Favorite Tracks: ".3"
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Track List

  1. Blackest Eyes
  2. Trains
  3. Lips of Ashes
  4. The Sound of Muzak
  5. Gravity Eyelids
  6. Wedding Nails
  7. Prodigal
  8. .3
  9. The Creator Has a Mastertape
  10. Heartattack in a Lay-by
  11. Strip the Soul
  12. Collapse the Light Into Earth
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Added on: August 14, 2013