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IN ABSENTIA REVEALS PORCUPINE TREE IN THE ASCENDANT,
This review is from: In Absentia [European Edition] (Audio CD)
Previously one of the best kept secrets of the British music scene, PORCUPINE TREE take their game to a new level with the latest offering, the mighty IN ABSENTIA, and are likely to finally gain the wide recognition they so richly deserve. Whilst long time fans may miss some of the atmospherics and melancholia of SIGNIFY, STUPID DREAM and LIGHTBULB SUN, front man Steven Wilson, apparently influenced by his recent stint as producer of Swedish thrash merchants OPETH, delivers their most focussed and powerful album yet. Whilst I lament the loss of the fluid, open drumming of former member Chris Maitland, his replacement Gavin Harrison generates a rhythm section with bassist Colin Edwin that is the tightest yet, best evidenced in the stunning THE CREATOR HAS A MASTER TAPE. Lyrically Wilson is in top form. The songs range from the world weary to the uplifting, alongside ferocious outburts and heartbreaking candour, with a healthy smattering of well placed humour. ("Spend my time with all my friends.....I will miss them when the series ends."
The UK limited edition contains extra songs from the sessions that are worth the price alone. DROWN WITH ME somehow contrives to be cynical yet totally joyous in equal measure, with a bass line to die for. CHLOROFORM is yet another example of Wilson as guitar maestro bar none. As a fan since the days of ON THE SUNDAY OF LIFE I feel this is quite definitely the best yet. Buy immediately.