In Absentia (studio album) by Porcupine Tree

In Absentia by Porcupine Tree
Year: 2002
Overall rank: 498th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 580 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2002 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (79th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (498th)
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Porcupine Tree bestography

In Absentia is ranked 2nd best out of 38 albums by Porcupine Tree on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Porcupine Tree is Fear Of A Blank Planet which is ranked number 419 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,252.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 79.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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85/100
From 03/23/2023 23:42
Insano! Puta rock!
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From 02/12/2023 07:34
Such a masterpiece!
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85/100
From 03/22/2022 00:13
This album is packed full of energy and passion and it is so good at hyping me up and lifting my spirits. It is progressive and builds fantastic tension before culminating in some epic climaxes that really stick with you and make you look back on the music fondly. This is best evidenced on tracks 1,2,4 and 10 all of which are my favourites due to their infectious riffs and great choruses. Instrumentally, the album is wonderful as well with the guitar, played by Steven Wilson, being a high point and really commanding the album throughout. While the rest of the instrumentation is very good and essential to the atmosphere it is the guitar that elevates it to new heights. However, the record isn't flawless and does struggle with pacing and it can feel slow at times. It is far to long as well and could do with some trimming around the edges as there are definitely some unnecessary moments. A few tracks feel a bit weaker compared to the rest and don't build up as much tension. Overall, a fantastic early record for this group that is a demonstration of the brilliance that is to come in the future.
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From 12/27/2021 11:44
Incredible album. Porcupine Tree are surprisingly not that well known, but people who have listened to their work rate them very highly. One of my favourite bands and if you are in to alternative rock/prog like Pink Floyd and Radiohead I strongly recommend giving these guys a go. This is a very diverse album. You've got the calm of .3, Heartattack In A Lay-By and Collapse The Light Into Earth - and the heavy rock of The Creator Has A Mastertape and the very dark Bundy-inspired Blackest Eyes.

My highlights on this album are The Sound of Muzak (one of my favourite songs ever), The Creator Has A Mastertape and the beautiful Trains.
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75/100
From 11/20/2021 19:14
It's not their best album by any means, but it's up there in excellence and melody. Love it, especially "Trains," "Blackest Eye," and "Prodigal."
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From 02/18/2021 21:35
I think this has to be my favourite Porcupine Tree album. I do love Voyage 34 which is a very different experience (particularly after a few beers) but this tops it! The opening riff on track 1 is a stonker! 'Trains' is a class track. 'Heartattack in a Layby' is ethereal. 'Strip the Soul' complex.
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95/100
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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