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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Blinding New Music for A New Format!
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...
Published on 20 Jun 2004 by Caspersozza
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3.0 out of 5 stars No great step forwards
As a big time PT fan and owner of their entire back catalogue, I waited for this release to hit my door mat with some expectation.
I have to say I was a little disappointed. Having received 'Snow' by Spocks Beard in the same post, even more so.
Has the move to a big label required a new degree of 'commerciality' and the loss of some of the former PT expected...
Published on 13 Oct 2002 by Mr Simon A Millar
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Enhanced CD. I cannot play it...,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)5 stars for the very good album(I do know the music), which i'm sure others have written a lot of praise about. I will just let you know that this edition is an "enhanced cd", which annoyingly can't play on many standard cd players, and also is harder to rip with music programs. Too bad... At least i got the artwork, lyrics and bonus disc.
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A band more deserving,
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Involved Masterpiece,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)Steven Wilson continues to lead us through the labyrinth that is his musical mind....
This album is the logical bridge between 'Deadwing' and 'The Incident'. If, like me, you enjoyed 'Deadwing' because it was more song oriented you will still enjoy this album. However, it definitely alludes to what's coming with 'The Incident' insofar as it's definitely more 'proggy' than the excellent 'Fear of a Blank Planet' and possibly a little more sterile sounding. That said, Porcupine Tree do not release 'pasta' albums (ie. bland) and any PT album is better than no album. This is not a negative review, it's just my personal view and will probably continue to grow on me until it's up there with the others. For now, it's second in the premiership which is no embarassment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)If you like Rock do yourself a favour and give this album a listen. You can always listen on Spotify for free before you buy but I'm sure you'll end up buying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Wilson = Genius,
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)I am of the Phillips/Banks/Rutherford school of 12 string guitar prog rock, Sleepfall from The Geese and the Ghost would be one of my dessert island discs, and when I first came across the Porcupine Tree, Stars Die (The Delirium Years), I was instantly taken with the delights of 9 Cat, Stars Die and Waiting.
In Absentia is my first venture into their more recent releases. What first struck me was how very like earlier, pre-Snow, Spock's Beard this sounded, especially the power chords and the vocal harmonies, but without some of Neal Morse's more outlandish lyrics, 'I am the Catfish Man' springs to mind.
Still on further listenings I have become entranced by songs such as Gravity Eyelids and Collapse the Light Into Earth.
So, some strong progressive metal tracks but some delightful gentle prog rock.
Listen and enjoy to a band described as the best you've never heard of....
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive introduction,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)This is my first PT album and on this evidence not my last.Like others I found a couple of tracks too heavy for my prog tastes, but otherwise some great tracks. the only question is which of their albums to get next? All suggestions welcome!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)One of the greatest albums ever made. Not so known worldwide, but it should be. Great band, great songs, great album. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is Steve Wilson not better known than Bono?,
A superb album with "Time Flies" and "I Drive the Hearse", for me, the stand out tracks.
If you love intelligent, well written/constructed rock songs played in a mid period Floyd style, you will not be disappointed
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