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Are you joking?

Only one review! People, listen up. Porcupine Tree represents what is right about music. They aren't about posing for cameras, making "hit" songs, or making millions and millions of dollars. They are about the ART of music. Just listen to the samples for this album or any other PT album on here and you will see what I'm talking about. Every song is unique, carefully crafted and mastered beautifully. Don't buy individual songs, buy the whole enchilada. The album loosely tells a story of a serial killer, but is beautiful in it's melacholy. Put on your headphones and get ready for a ride.

PT changed the way I look at music

And I'm not kidding! They can go from sounding so soft and soothing to just totally rockin' out, effortlessly! If you're just getting into PTree, I would highly recommend this album, and also if you've been a long time fan. Some of my favorite songs of all time are on this album: Blackest Eyes, Trains, and Collapse the Light Into Earth. Other highlights include 'The Sound of Muzak', 'Gravity Eyelids', 'Prodigal', 'Strip the Soul', 'Heartattack In a Layby', and really everything except 'The Creator Has a Mastertape', which is really the only song on here that I don't like. I highly recommend this album (and any other Porcupine Tree album, for that matter) if you enjoy good, real, quality music. Enjoy!


Where has Porcupine Tree been my whole life? I am a HUGE fan after just a few listens to In Absentia. Where to begin... Well, I feel as if I landed in a very unique world. There's elements of all of my favorite prog rockers from Genesis to Floyd to even vocals that make me think of CSNY. (Listen to the harmonies in Lips of Ashes) What's even more, it's technically brilliant, musically challenging and actually fun to listen to - (it's not Nine Inch Nails, which, while brilliant, is like having your teeth drilled..) I hear all kinds of influences but I love the way they're all melted into a unique and brilliant sound. The use of bass and acoustic guitar is just spine tinglingly fun and when Wilson needs to make us sit up and listen with wild guitar work, it's a roller coaster of amazing sound. None of it is even close to being contrived. Wilson is amazingly original and his portrait of a serial killer is chilling and sad... I feel sympathy for the subject of his work because he paints a vivid picture of his lonely life. I absolutely recommend this album. Enjoy!


Formed: 1987 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though he initially came to wider attention (at least in the U.K.) with No-Man, his long-running collaboration with Tim Bowness throughout the '90s, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson gained as much of a reputation for Porcupine Tree. Embracing and exploring prog rock inspirations while always keeping an ear out for newer musical connections, thus sidestepping the pointless revivalism of many of the band's peers, Porcupine Tree has created some noteworthy albums and songs over the years, continuing full-strength...
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