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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jvc
  • ASIN: B000HA48B0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,231,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
The odd track on Bob Harris Radio 2 show was my intro to PT, why this band is not better known is a mystery. This album is a classic, there's no crap on it, most of the tracks are highlights. Some of the lyrics are coming from a very dark place such as Blackest Eyes, Prodigal & Strip the Soul, but musically, it's a mindblower. Gravity Eyelids haunts the mind, Sound of Muzak takes a great swipe at fabricated tunes, & my personal fav, Prodigal, has to be the best use I've ever heard of 3 chords, coupled with layered vocal harmonies & blistering axe work. If you listening to this album for the 1st time, play Strip the Soul as loud as your neighbours/family will allow, or put on headphones. I'm eagerly anticipating PT's next release, (Deadwing, 21st March), but it will have to be good to beat this.
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