- In Absentia
This is my favorite purchase in quite some time. I've heard about Porcupine Tree
for quite some time, but only recently bought some of their material. This album ranges from beautiful (Trains
, Collapse the Light Into Earth
, The Sound of Muzak
, Gravity Eyelids
) to some ugly parts (Strip the Soul
, The Creator Has a Mastertape
, Wedding Nails
) and some that fit somewhere in between (Blackest Eyes
). This is a very solid album and even the "ugly" songs have acoustic mellow parts. I can't understand why iTunes thinks this is "Alternative/Punk." There is no punk and it is all about musicality. Prog Rock is a better tag, but still not on the mark. Amazing album nonetheless. Anybody who really wants to digest an album would enjoy In Absentia
Days later, I still can't get enough of this album. There are some very smooth flowing moments and also really rough industrial moments, sometimes almost in the same song. I'll be getting another Porcupine Tree album or two next month for sure, though September is already racked with great new releases.
And another update for whoever is reading this. God I love this album. Amazon will certainly be out of a few copies of a few Porcupine Tree albums when I get my next paycheck. My two favorite tracks right now are Gravity Eyelids
and Collapse the Light Into Earth
. Both are too beautiful for me to attempt using words to describe them. Mind you, I'm a terrible writer, but still, they are amazing tracks. I'm not a huge fan of industrial rock (after listening to just one album of Nine Inch Nails
I began to wonder if my encoder forgot to use Apple Lossless and chose to use triple-encoded .mp3 at a bit rate of 64 kbps or so) but Porcupine Tree seems to make it fit. The Creator Has a Mastertape
isn't completely industrial, but it the way each section flows into each other (or progresses, hence the "progressive" rock tags) is, well, awesome. Strip the Soul
, creepy music video aside, has a nice acoustic bit in the middle. Another thing I'd like to see more of in the other albums is backing vocals. Parts of The Sound of Muzak
and....some other songs have vocal harmonies that I'd like to hear more of.Opeth
There's a ton going on in this album. Though my client might disagree with me, I've listened to this once through and definitely need to more. There are some crazy death metal parts on it and also some ugly-beautiful moments. There is way too much for me to take in with one listen. We'll see what tomorrow brings.Rush
- Permanent Waves
Again, there is a lot going on, but like any Rush album, I'm slowly making sense of it. Right now it still sounds mumble-jumbled and to be honest, Geddy's voice has sounded better, but there are standout moments. I like Freewill
at the moment. Remember that I haven't really digested anything else.
Maybe I don't like this album as much asMoving Pictures
because I haven't listened to it much. I don't know, but not all of it is working for me at the moment. If the next couple of Rush albums don't go too well, Rush
will move a few spots down on my list of artists' material I need.
9/18 update:In Absentia
is still an amazing album. I'm looking forward to getting some more Porcupine Tree.Watershed
is fanstastic as well. My favorite track is The Lotus Eater
because it crosses so many great genres. I especially like the intro; the progression from the hum to "The liquid is in your throat" (clean) to "After all you fell in love with death / life has aborted." I haven't listened to it that much, but other interesting bits like the guitar duet/solo/outro of Burden.Permanent Waves
, like all of the Rush albums I own, has grown on me. Geddy's voice isn't as smooth on this album as it is on Moving Pictures, but its not that bad. Jacob's Ladder
and Natural Science have grown on me, mainly because they are long, very progressive songs. Sometimes it gets slow, but there are some "wow" moments like "Follow mens' eyes" in Jacob's Ladder.