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: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. JayK.
    Nov 18, 2007
    10
    By far one of Porcupine Tree's best albums. It's far more accessible than their older stuff, but it retains the complex, prog edge that only Porcupine Tree can deliver. Expand
  2. FredG.
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    Spectacular album. IT is easily one of the best of 2007.
  3. PedroL.
    Dec 10, 2007
    10
    Maybe best album of 2007... modern prog rock, including a17 minute track (anesthetize) featuring Alex Lifes on on guitar...
  4. H.IPark
    Jan 30, 2008
    10
    Their asthetic taste for grand masterpieces.
  5. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    One of my new favorite bands because of this album, it's awesome. This is an easy 10 and is better than their most recent album IMO. If you like this, I recommend In Absentia or Deadwing. Collapse
  6. WuT
    Jun 11, 2009
    10
    Best British band with yet another masterpiece. Believe the hype. Buy this album.
  7. Dec 22, 2011
    10
    Quite simply, the best Porcupine Tree has to offer. Showcasing some of the best songs they have ever written in (almost) perfect sound quality/mix. It does however lose a little bit of momentum towards the end of the album, but for the most part the tracks contain everything that is good about Porcupine Tree. Expand

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