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In Absentia
     

In Absentia

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by Porcupine Tree
 
Continuing in the growing commercial vein of their previous releases, Porcupine Tree's In Absentia may be the most accessible release to ever spew forth from the group. Rolling electronic percussion blends with simple and solid live drumming to provide an understated backbeat as perennial Tree leader Steven Wilson pastes his complicated pop over the proceedings

Overview

Continuing in the growing commercial vein of their previous releases, Porcupine Tree's In Absentia may be the most accessible release to ever spew forth from the group. Rolling electronic percussion blends with simple and solid live drumming to provide an understated backbeat as perennial Tree leader Steven Wilson pastes his complicated pop over the proceedings. Wilson's ability to bury his layered vocals in mountains of spacy electric guitar without drowning out his fragile lyrics is still a valued feature of the music, and the rare moments of clarity that his vocals display are breathtaking in their power. A reliance on a somewhat gothic heavy metal sound makes for some bizarre moments, especially when held up against his gentler material. The best example of this is the chugging "Wedding Nails," which recalls Dream Theater in its grandiose scope without utilizing the same sort of technical wizardry. But Wilson manages to bridge the gap between the various genres he utilizes, creating an environment where his haunting melodies could take a drastic turn at any minute. Porcupine Tree also continue their Radiohead fascination, although the influence is much less direct than on their last few efforts. Instead, it comes through at odd intervals, like the moments of sparse instrumentation on the otherwise lush "Heartattack in a Lay By." Sonically gorgeous and deceivingly complex, In Absentia has the most immediate appeal of anything Wilson has released under this moniker up to this point. By keeping the songs at manageable lengths and avoiding the avant-garde electronica flourishes of the band's early days, Porcupine Tree has grown into a fully realized pop group without cutting any of the elements that also make them an important force in the neo-prog movement.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075678360428
catalogNumber:
83604

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Porcupine Tree   Primary Artist
John Wesley   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Berrow   Violin
Ben Cruft   Violin
Rita Manning   Violin
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Katherine Shave   Violin
Paul Willey   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Julian Leaper   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Kate Musker   Viola
Peter Lale   Viola
Bruce White   Viola
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Martin Loveday   Celli
Tony Pleeth   Celli
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

David Gregory   Arranger
Steven Wilson   Producer
Paul Northfield   Engineer
Richard Barbieri   Contributor
Gavin Harrison   Contributor
Colin Edwin   Contributor
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader

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In Absentia 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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a absolutly lovely cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
"In Absentia" is Pure "song writing BRILLIANCE" from start to finish.It will musically take you where you've never been,and you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful applause to one of the only bands helping keep my faith, in these seemingly empty days, of our own exsistence. PORCUPINE TREE finally has appeared to the growing masses of searching souls, With a brilliant, Yet familiar next step into the P. T. history. ABSENTIA will flow into your mind, with a martyr's passion of truth and distained beauty. With a true heart for Prog / Psych music, I feel the most important track on this new masterpiece is the song "The Sound Of Muzak" for it's ever so true statement, of our present place in todays music scenery. I live, I breath, and will always sit up next to TREE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 56 year old woman who loves Porcupine Tree! They are increcibly gifted musicians and performers. And, Steve Wilson can turn out some of the most fantastic lyrics (bent though they may be). The latest CD, In Absentia, is their best one yet--although Lightbulb Sun has so many good tracks on it, it's hard to decide. However, give 2 or 3 listens to In Absentia, and you'll be hooked. What's even better--they sound just as good live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that they could top The Lightbulb Sun? But, they have. This CD shows that major record label signing has not diminished the artistic genius of this band. Just listen to it 5 times and try to restrain yourself from going out and getting the entire back catalog!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A CD you'll want to listen to over and over again. Don't buy this if you expect music to conform to a specific style of rock or sound like the boring repetition you hear on the radio. Beautifully constructed songs - Wow!