In Absentia (studio album) by Porcupine Tree

In Absentia
In Absentia by Porcupine Tree
Year: 2002
Overall rank: 493rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 485 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 2002 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (85th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (493rd)
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Porcupine Tree bestography

In Absentia is ranked 2nd best out of 31 albums by Porcupine Tree on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Porcupine Tree is Fear Of A Blank Planet which is ranked number 437 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,466.

Porcupine Tree album bestography « Higher ranked (437th) This album (493rd) Lower ranked (659th) »
Fear Of A Blank PlanetIn AbsentiaDeadwing

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.6/100, a mean average of 79.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.9.

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From 10/23/2019 07:08
One of my favourite progressive album in XXI century
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From 11/20/2018 17:40
Very happy to have personally discovered this band/Steven Wilson just fairly recently thanks to this website. Not very happy that it took this long and I'm quite disappointed that no one had turned me on to them before.
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65/100
From 05/02/2018 12:20
Try as I might I just couldn't get into 2000's 'Lightbulb Sun' bar 1 or 2 tracks . Unperturbed I've had a crack at 2002's 'In Absentia' and I'm pleased to report I enjoyed this quite a bit even if it did sadly remind me of Dream Theatre in parts

I definitely appreciated the more uptempo moments in "Trains" , "Wedding Nails" , "The Creator Has a Mastertape" and "Strip The Soul". Having said that slow piano closer "Collapse The Light Into Earth" is just about the album highlight ending things on an absolute high

Unfortunately its far from a perfect album with Prog Tracks "Lips Of Ashes" , "Gravity Eyelids" and "Prodigal" lacking punch and could easily have been left off

Neo-Prog at its finest

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From 01/30/2018 18:59
One of my favourite albums of Steven Wilson Band. "Blackest Eyes" and "Trains" two of the best songs of the band. Superb.
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From 11/23/2017 21:52
This was the first Porcupine Tree album I bought. And I think that might be the reason why it's still my favourite. It's an album that demonstrates the full range of progressive music that Porcupine Tree has become famous for.
From Steven Wilson's guitar work (e.g. Trains) to Richard Barbieri's atmospheric keyboards (e.g. .3) I think that this is the best album to listen to if you are new to Porcupine Tree.
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From 03/03/2017 06:39
I like Porcupine Tree a lot, but I can't get into this album as much as Deadwing or Blank Planet. It's very nice, still, and shows how good this band can really be. Trains is the best song on the record.
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From 07/25/2016 18:16
Wow, where has this album been my whole life.
This was a band my friends always talked about in the early 2k's but I never gave a chance.
over 10 years later I listened to this album finally and I am blown away.
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From 06/27/2016 09:47
Nice groove Gavin! Definitely one of my favourite drummer!
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From 05/06/2016 00:24
Porcupine Tree makes great music-making seem so effortless.
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From 12/24/2015 00:10
Equal mix of the finest song craftsmanship and ambient-soaked interludes. A lush, lengthy train voyage to the end of summer.
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