ARTIST:

PORCUPINE TREE

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET

(2007)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"More accessible than any of their previous albums, "Fear of a Blank Planet" allows Porcupine Tree to climb one more step towards consecration."
TORPEDO (14.05.2007)  
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Will Porcupine Tree ever make a wrong move? Listening to their new offspring entitled "Fear of a Blank Planet", nothing is less sure. After a signature on Roadrunner, Steven Wilson's band continues its quiet ascent to the top of the most popular rock bands' ranking.

No major change for Porcupine Tree. The first eponymous track is in the right line of what the band has already done with a rocky and very lively first part and a second part starting on a break followed by a power increase to finish in the relative calm of the chorus. "Ashes" and "Sentimental" confirm that the stay at Blackfield has left some after-effects. These are two nice pop tracks that could easily be found on an Aviv Geffen album.

"Anesthetize" is not only the longest of the tracks with its 17 minutes cut in three distinct parts but also the masterpiece of this album. Beginning on an intimate and melancholic atmosphere, the first part is composed of a slow rise in power to finish on some nervous and saturated phrasings. The second part follows without break on a small solo rather unexpected because not very aggressive whereas we rather expected a surge of sounds. Then follows an instrumental starting on several soaring measures broken by good big aggressive riffs leading to the main theme verse/chorus. The third one ends the piece on a "Blackfieldian" note of the most beautiful effect.

Let us point out in passing the work of the drummer Gavin Harrison simply phenomenal who proves that to hit on drums is not necessarily a matter of big arms and that one can thus have an omnipresent drums without however weighing down a composition.

The introduction of "Way Out Of Here" is surprisingly close to atmospheric bands such as Anathema with a short and poignant rise in power ending on a heartbreaking chorus. The rest of the song as well as the following track "Sleep Together" is pure Porcupine Tree with a succession of intimate moments and rougher passages and arrangements always as precise as effective.

"Fear of a Blank Planet" allows Porcupine Tree once again to climb a step towards consecration. More accessible than any of their previous albums, this opus should not only allow the band to keep its fan-base but also to attract an audience receptive to a more sanitized music.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Fear Of A Blank Planet
02. My Ashes
03. Anesthetize
04. Sentimental
05. Way Out Of Here
06. Sleep Together

LINEUP:
Colin Edwin: Basse
Gavin Harrison: Batterie
John Wesley: Chant / Guitares
Richard Barbieri: Claviers
Steven Wilson: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
   
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