Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
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  • Summary: The ninth album from the British progressive-rock band.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The result is an often crushingly heavy masterpiece that has true meaning with or without the music. It’s a rare thing these days but Porcupine Tree seem able to do it time and again. This album is no exception.
  2. Fear of a Blank Planet is not only their most vintage-sounding album, it’s also their best.
  3. Porcupine Tree makes a triumphant return to experimental, non-linear style with 2007's Fear of a Blank Planet.
  4. Spectacular the music may be, but it’s the reflective lyrics that keep the album firmly on Earth.
  5. This is a taut, epic and well-rounded piece, dripping in atmosphere.
  6. For elder listeners Fear probably won't serve as the powerful statement it wants to be--its themes have been explored to more exacting impact before and, musically, it's fairly standard progressive fare--but it is a strong and intelligent album and for a generation that's grown numb from three-minute ditties about life at the end of the country club cul-de-sac that embrace rather than rage against the dying of the light, it may serve as a wake up call and provide hope for a brighter and more color-infused tomorrow.
  7. A dramatic, wide-screen, expertly executed, even genuinely executed thrilling rock record worthy of an audience way beyond nu-prog’s regular constituency. [Apr 2007]

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
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  1. AndrewD.
    Nov 29, 2007
    10
    One of, if not, the best progressive rock albums in decades.
  2. FredG.
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    Spectacular album. IT is easily one of the best of 2007.
  3. GaryP.
    Jan 2, 2008
    10
    YeGODS! Porcupine Tree at their best!
  4. RobF.
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    One of the best Porcupine Tree albums of their career. A big surprise of showin psycadelic rock with prog and amibent. Great job guys!! Plus One of the best Porcupine Tree albums of their career. A big surprise of showin psycadelic rock with prog and amibent. Great job guys!! Plus Nil Recurring is great as well. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Some people say: "Oh, only six songs", but I say: "I prefer six incredible songs rather than a 12 tracks album with 2 good songs and 10 filler songs."
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    10
    Clearly the best album by progressive rock/metal band porcupine tree. Six tracks which show the best from this band. Any rock or metal fanClearly the best album by progressive rock/metal band porcupine tree. Six tracks which show the best from this band. Any rock or metal fan will like this album if he/she listens it more than once. Its composition is impressive. It is a must-buy so go for it. "Anesthesize" and "Sentimental" are for me the top two songs but the other four are also great. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album opens up with a gripping, catchy song that uses several different musical melodies. It retains its interest throughout the song in a very Radioheadesque fashion in terms of musical techniques used.
    After that it breaks into My Ashes, possibly one of the most poignant pieces I have ever heard. It continues onto the angsty Anesthetize and then finishes with some of the most beautiful and creative music I have ever heard. All in all, even if you come from a place that requires something new every song, this album will satisfy you. It also has some of Porcupine Tree's most beautiful melodies.
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