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In Absentia [Import]

Porcupine Tree Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: US Import
  • ASIN: B00006IU73
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Blackest Eyes 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Trains 5:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lips Of Ashes 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Sound Of Muzak 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gravity Eyelids 7:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wedding Nails 6:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prodigal 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. .3 5:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Creator Has A Mastertape 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Heartattack In A Layby 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Strip The Soul 7:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Collapse The Light Into Earth 5:520.79  Buy MP3 


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PORCUPINE TREE In Absentia CD

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Blinding New Music for A New Format! 20 Jun 2004
Format:DVD Audio
I already owned and loved the CD - which is like a cross between Brian Wilson, Alice In Chains and Meddle-era Pink Floyd - but this DVD-A version is absolutely awesome. Cathedrals of sound sprout out of your head and unfurl across the room, and textural comparisons with Massive Attack spring up that hadn't been conjured by the bog-standard release. Anyone who collects SACD and DVD-A discs, as I do, will have been confronted by the incredibly classic rock-skewed selection of recordings currently available - and the few new acts releasing albums straight onto these formats are often wholly inappropriate candidates. Porcupine Tree's "In Absentia" is a searing blast of fresh air in this department, one of the great overlooked classic albums of 2003 remixed and refreshed to provide one of the best arguments yet for the new audio formats. As dark as some of the material is, I've been unable to contain an ear-to-ear smile while immersing myself in the magnificent sonic soundcscapes of Gravity Eyelids, Heart Attack In A Layby, The Creator Has A Mastertape, Blackest Eyes, Trains and more.... Unreservedly recommended!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly stunning album 5 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
As far as I'm concerned, Porcupine Tree are one of those bands that just keep getting better and better - certainly the release of this, their most recent studio recording, did nothing to disuade me of that when it emerged belatedly in the UK just over a year ago. You don't expect a Porcupine Tree album to follow exactly the same formula as the last one, and this is certainly no exception, with it's harder, heavier edge. All the prescribed qualities are there in abundance, though - creativity and proficiency well to the fore.
Definitely one of those albums with no weak tracks, so singling anything out for a mention is difficult, but I'm currently obsessing over the enchantingly melancholy "Heartattack in a Layby" and the tense "The Creator Has a Mastertape". Excellent lyrics abound, but a special mention must go to the words "Train set and match" kicking off the track "Trains" - just fine by me.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For me a new find.................. 25 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me a new find . I am at heart a Floyd fan, but started about 9 months ago looking for other prog rock bands whilst off long term sick. I was amazed at how many bands still go under the genre of prog. Allowing for the fact that this is not what I personaly would call prog, having bought it I was blown away. Powerfull, melodic, great musicianship from all members of the band members and terrific vocals to boot.I have also rercently bought music by, Mostly Autumn, RPWL, Riverside, I.Q, Transatlantic, Spocks Bears, Dream Theatre, Kaipa, Pendragon,Magellan, Vanden Plas, amd Manning.
Older prog I was listening to included, Rush, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd to name a few.
All recently purchased music have been good for expanding the old buggers previously narrow field of Prog, but finally I must say that this has been on the player most days so far.It is a little heavy for some maybe in parts, but I love it. 11/10.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'In Absentia' - In Heaven! 28 July 2004
Format:DVD Audio
For years I have been waiting for something to really blow me away on DVD-Audio, and this is it! There is tremendous variety in the song styles, precision and clarity in the way the songs are played, and emotion and intelligence in Steven Wilson's lyrics. Combine these with SW's growing ear for production, and you end up with one of the most exceptional and underrated albums of the last decade.
Each time I listen to the album I have a new favourite song. Songs like 'Gravity Eyelids' and 'Collapse The Light Into Earth' build and soar majestically. The acoustics on 'Trains' are clear and crisp. 'Lips Of Ashes' sounds mystical, 'Strip The Soul' just sounds so powerful. I do not have to reach for the remote to skip any tracks. It is just masterful rock music.
Quite simply, this is the best DVD-Audio you can buy today. 5/5
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my thoughts (based on US import!) 31 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm a long time PT fan... been into them since Up the Downstair, and have watched them progress (no pun!) from a reliance on instrumental tracks with SOME songs, to albums full of proper songs. It's a progression i wanted from the band... and i love them for it!
If you think calling PT 'Prog' is correct, bethink you, as this is modern, moody, ethereal, melodic, epic and loud! Highlights are Gravity Eyelids, which is one of the most awesome PT songs ever recorded. The Euro release sees the inclusion of previously MP3 only 'Chloroform' which is also a fabulous track. These two are more in keeping with previous modern PT stuff. Other tracks are much heavier in sound (Strip The Soul, least fav on album). But there is still the loud bits followed by really sweet melodies and kewl multitracked vocals, which keep you coming back time after time.
it's an album that seems accessible at first, but reveals more layers as time goes on, as with Lightbulb Sun previously.
PT specialise in moody semi-progressive music. If you like epic guitar stuff mixed with dreamy synth textures and some real strings then this is for you.
Compared to previous...
In Absentia is, to my mind, NOT quite as good as Lightbulb Sun (my overall fav), it's more RAWWWKK than previous CDs. It's not as accesible as Stupid Dream, but you get bored of SD after a while.
Diehards will get it anyway, but give it a go if you don't know them (and get LS too), you won't be sorry!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything but the Sound of Muzak!
Rich and varied, but still evidently Rock music with a band in mind. There are some great stand-out tracks here; Trains; The Sound of Muzak; Prodigal; Gravity Eyelids; And,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Higgins A
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've never heard this band before, start here.
As a fan of the band since 1993, I can confidently say that this is, in my opinion, the finest album the band recorded.
Hearing it in full 5. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars In Awe
Mr. Wilson has put out a lot of great work since In Absentia was released, but I don't think he's done anything better than this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and original music for people bored with modern day rock
Let me start by saying Porcupine Tree are my new favourite band of the moment.
After hearing the name mentioned countless times I decided it was finally time to see what all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JPJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
My big issue is getting past the first 2 songs; I'm addicted! There is something innocent and charming about this music, bordering on a parody of English 70s' rock. Read more
Published 14 months ago by TheLateIan
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good cd. Probably one of their best albums, featuring some of their best tracks. Bonus disc also very good. Would strongly recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by J Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars More early brilliance
Musically this album is great. Hint's of Floyd and some excellent melodies and riffs. Odd moments sound a little of Opeth in their quieter moments and even some odd bits in their... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trev
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Enhanced CD. I cannot play it...
5 stars for the very good album(I do know the music), which i'm sure others have written a lot of praise about. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. C. NIELSEN-ENGLYST
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
I have bought all Porcupine Tree albums in the last 4 months and this is my favourite .Every track is superb. Cant stop playing it.
Published 17 months ago by NIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars A band more deserving
The first CD of this album bought from Amazon was faulty so returned it but the replacement was just the same. So decided to buy it in MP3 format which was a lot cheaper. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve'n'Anne
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