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
Liked by 2 people
September 24, 2002 / Release Date
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Lava / Label
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ricardomcr
86
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.

GO LISTEN TO: Trains.
slickleg
98
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
Tacorillaz
94
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
Pokeshulk
65
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
21stcenturyschi
81
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