CD In Absentia [Porcupine Tree] (CD 409877),
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In Absentia [Porcupine Tree]

  • 1. Blackest Eyes
    2. Trains
    3. Lips of Ashes
    4. Sound of Muzak, The
    5. Gravity Eyelids
    6. Wedding Nails
    7. Prodigal
    8. 3
    9. Creator Has a Mastertape, The
    10. Heartattack in a Lay By
    11. Strip the Soul
    12. Collapse the Light into Earth
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83604

  • Credits
    ProducerSteven Wilson
    EngineerPaul Northfield

    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Porcupine Tree: Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Gavin Harrison, Steven Wilson.
    Additional personnel: John Wesley (vocals, guitar); Aviv Geffen (background vocals).
    Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York, New York between March & April 2002.
    Personnel: John Wesley (guitar, background vocals); Julian Leaper, Perry Mason, Warren Zielinski, Mark Berrow, Katherine Shave, David Woodcock, Rebecca Hirsch, Paul Willey, Ben Cruft, Boguslaw Kostecki, Rita Manning, Everton Nelson, Johnathan Rees, Gavyn Wright, Jackie Shave (violin); Gustav Clarkson, Peter Lale, Kate Musker, Bruce White (viola); Chris Laurence, Mary Scully (double bass).
    Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
    Recording information: Air Lyndhurst, London, England (03/2002-04/2002); Avatar Studio, New York, NY (03/2002-04/2002); New Rising, Colchester, England (03/2002-04/2002); No Man's Land, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England (03/2002-04/2002); Red Room Recorders, Tampa, FL (03/2002-04/2002).
    Photographer: John Blackford.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Gavin Harrison; Richard Barbieri; Colin Edwin.
    Arranger: David Gregory.
    There's a breed of (post-1980s) bands with the same degree of grand rock experimentalism as Pink Floyd and Yes, who simultaneously adhere to the concept of concise songwriting. Porcupine Tree is one such band--their sound is a balance of lush ambient textures, charming vocal harmonies, rock & roll directness, and acoustically- and electronically-generated sounds. Their debut IN ABSENTIA shows all these elements in place, rich with the likely possibility of them becoming a contemporary counterpart to Pink Floyd.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.94) - "...Dense, dark Seventies prog-rock ambition....Their heaviest album yet..."
    CMJ (10/7/02) - "...A quirky, totally left of center release....IN ABSENTIA is one of those albums that begs to be listened to from the first note to the closing outro..."
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