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The Incident

Porcupine Tree Audio CD
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Porcupine Tree is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorize and innovative bands working today.

The band is fronted by Steven Wilson, who also is well-known for his work producing other artists, from Swedish progressive metal group Opeth, to Norwegian chanteuse Anja Garbarek. He also has several other projects, including No-Man, Bass Communion, and ... Read more in Amazon's Porcupine Tree Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B002GZQY6Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Occam's Razor 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Blind House 5:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Great Expectations 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kneel And Disconnect 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Drawing The Line 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Incident 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Your Unpleasant Family 1:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train 2:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Time Flies11:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Degree Zero Of Liberty 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Octane Twisted 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Seance 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Circle Of Manias 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Drive The Hearse 6:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Flicker 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Bonnie The Cat 5:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Black Dahlia 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Remember Me Lover 7:340.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The very notion of a 55-minute title track should be enough to make most people giggle a little bit. There are implications of ‘concept album’ and insinuations of ‘prog-rock’ involved in that notion. Neither of these things are not cool, but they encompass exactly what The Incident is, and exactly what Porcupine Tree do.

After consistently releasing stunning works which are as thought-provoking as they are sonically mesmerising, the Hemel Hempstead quartet have slowly been recognised as masters within their field of modern progressive rock, and rightly so.

If you’re familiar with any of their older works, you’ll understand that chief songwriter, frontman and all-round major protagonist of the band Steven Wilson might have seemed far from jolly in the past. You’ll be pleased to know that nothing has changed in that respect.

The focus of his attention has shifted somewhat, from the disillusioned youth and throwaway electronic culture that surrounds him all the way to talking about how modern mass media doesn’t actually relate to anything tangible any more. Ah, the woes of disenfranchisement as recited by a miserable sod.

Over 11 minutes of the 55 is taken up by the epic arrangement of Time Flies. It intersperses jangled acoustic guitars with angular complexities that might fly over some heads – repeat listens are deserved. The song is organised so intricately that all the nuances and difficulties that might have gone into recording such an extraordinary song are totally lost in its beauty.

At the other end of the spectrum, however, sit songs like the title track (of the title track) and Occam’s Razor, which will shower the listener with jagged shards of heavy metal; jagged shards that will bypass your vital organs and instead embed themselves within the deeper, darker echelons of your mind. Some of this album is simply unforgettable.

Wilson and Porcupine Tree really do lead by example: with The Incident acting as a fantastic example of how to take inspiration from all the sub-standard facets of day-to-day goings on to create a stunning collection of songs, they’ve proved that not everything in modern life is rubbish. --Raziq Rauf

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PORCUPINE TREE The Incident (2009 UK 2-CD album set - Like Fear Of A Blank Planet The Incident Porcupine Trees tenth studio album is an elaborate conceptual piece fuelled by a 21st century cocktail of MTV sex prescription drugs video games the internet terminal boredom and subsequent escape taking the listener on a thrilling audio journey. In turns haunting desolate hypnotic and euphoric its centre-piece is the title track - a stunning 55-minute musical statement thatbreaks down into 14 separate and often diverse [though interlinked] vignettes. Beginning slowly with Occams Razor before gaining momentum and intensity with The Blind House Drawing The Line and The Incident itself the groups masterful manipulation of sounds and textures is never overlooked. The album is completed by four standalone compositions all housed on a separate CD to stress their independence from the records main 14-part suite!)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important 'Incident' 14 Nov 2009
By Rik P
Format:Audio CD
When the album was released, my first listen made me wonder whether there were a few errors in the concept, but rather than rush to review like some did here during September, I decided to give 'The Incident' several listens before reaching a judgement. Is it my favourite PT album? No, but it is brilliant when you've given it time and picked out all of the nuances.

A 55 minute concept track is ambitious and does it really hang together seamlessly? Not sure, but as a collection of pieces, the Wilson genius is all there. We have tracks that take you back to the likes of Lightbulb Sun and Stupid Dream and a continuation of the flirtation with metal riffs. 'Time Flies' is an homage to Pink Floyd and 'I Drive the Hearse' is a beautiful and subtle ending to 'The Incident'. CD2 consists of 4 tracks that were produced as part of the writing process and for me, 'Flicker' and 'Remember Me Lover' are the stand out pieces there.

OK, I'll be honest, I'm a PT fanatic and have been since they released Signify. If you are a fan of serious rock music then Porcupine Tree and their founder, Steven Wilson are vitally important to the ongoing life and success of the genre. They need our ongoing support and interest and they are phenomenal live. Take the PT journey, it's a fulfilling one for fans of serious rock music.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step (back) in the right direction... 5 Oct 2009
By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a long-time fan of Porcupine Tree (and other Steven Wilson side projects) I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the Tree's more recent 'progression' (most notably the heavier sound that became more prevalent from Lightbulb Sun onward). Porcupine Tree fans tend to fall into two broad camps: those that prefer the older, more Floydian and trippy vibe of their early-to-mid period or those who welcomed and have enjoyed their move into heavier rock territory. I fall squarely into the former category and - I am delighted to report - it looks like my patience has paid off (at least in part, which I will come to shortly).

Don't get me wrong; PT never fully 'lost the musical plot' with their last few albums: there are fantastic and transcendent cuts of elegiac power to be found on their more recent offerings ('Arriving Somewhere But Not Here' & 'My Ashes' for example) but sometimes these gems were marooned in a sea of more harsh material and I found they suffered as a result. Hence I have long been waiting (well 'hoping' actually) for an album that would go back to their old 'formula' of perhaps more simplistic yet ultimately more rewarding longer musical excursions. Which finally brings me to my specific thoughts on this album (phew!):

Let me firstly start with the negative by saying that the song-cycle 'The Incident' (which constitutes all of CD1) didn't work for me as a concept.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star album from a 5 star band... 1 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
In 2002 In Absentia was the first PT album I heard and I was blown away. Ever since I got everything I could lay my hands on and discovered a band with a range as wide as a star system. Steven Wilson is an absolute genius but it's not all gold the man touches (I'm not that fond of No Man for example...). With PT however he strikes the mother lode every single time.
The anticipation after In Absentia, Deadwing and Fear of a Blank Planet was high though. Could they really deliver another album as good as its predecessor? The answer is yes, but...there is a but. The Incident is `different' from the latter three. PT digs back in their older work and mixes the more psychedelic soundscapes from The Sky Moves Sideways and Up the Downstair with the harder rocksound of Absentia, Deadwing and Planet. With that they create a new sound and it almost seems like you hear a new band. I must admit I wasn't that enthusiastic when I first heard The Incident and I can very well imagine when this is the first PT you hear it can raise an eyebrow or two. But after a few sessions the music, the beautiful lyrics, the dark atmosphere Steven Wilson excels all kicks in...without mercy.
CD 1 holds fourteen wonderfully woven songs about everyday `incidents', from a car crash to neighbours from hell, from first love to lost friendship. This fifty-five minute piece belongs, to my opinion', to their best work. CD2 has only four songs but again from the highest quality. The whole takes you on a seventy-five minute trip with not a single weak moment.
I'm quite critical when it comes to music and I'm not afraid to be negative even about my most favorite bands but in the sad landscape of (mostly commercial) contemporary music, Porcupine Tree is a real gem, four musicians making music that surprises, enchants and excites every time, again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album 14 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Incident cycle is brilliant, working both as one song and 14 independant tracks (for most of them at least). The second disc of tracks is also fantastic, with Bonnie the Cat being a highlight of the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic doesn't say it by half.
Simply stunning from start to finish buy it.. You won't be disappointed a masterpiece of epic proportions from the prog rock masters.
Published 1 month ago by S. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well happy, son loves Procupine and the CD has gone down a treat
Published 1 month ago by caz
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive
The ultimate blend of power and finesse, not a bad track on it, superbly engineered as well!
Best version is Japanese import, as it has a second CD with bonus tracks and live... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steviespitfire
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog masterpiece
Porcupine Tree are the masters of prog rock and this album - one continuous piece of music in effect- is a sublime piece of writing ande playing by the band. Awesome!!
Published 12 months ago by R. M. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillian
I love Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson and even though it is very Pink Floyd inspired it's as great as the previous album: Fear of a blank planet
Published 12 months ago by Flemming Moller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A superb addition to the Porcupine Tree stable. I admit to having to listen two or three times to get really into the superb album this turned out to be.
Published 12 months ago by Fatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be massive!
In these days of computer and marketing driven bland radio pap, great to hear crafted and truly passionate music. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bruce Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best album I`ve ever heard
This album is one of the moust interesting album from 2009. If you put together Echo & the Bunnymen, Muse and Mike Oldfield, you got The Incident of Pocupine Tree.
Published 23 months ago by Hector
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form
A brilliant album. I am torn between this album and In Absentia being my favourite Porcupine Tree record. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Graham, IOW
5.0 out of 5 stars A grower, not their best yet still incredible!
Okay I've been listening to this regularly for about a year now and it took a good 4 or 5 listens to really sink in and even longer for it to rate as highly as I regard it... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by Charlie
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