Sound — 10
For those who haven't heard of Porcupine Tree, they are a progressive rock band from the UK. Fear Of A Blank Planet is their latest release (comes out April 16 Europe, April 24 in the US). Many may say that this isn't as good as Porcupine Tree's last album, In Absentia, upon their first listen, but after getting used to the new sound you'll begin to realize that the two albums aren't comparable. With less of a rock influence and more of Porcupine Tree's unclassifiable sound, Fear Of A Blank Planet is a magnificent album. With only 6 tracks, many may think that this is as short lived as frontman Steven Wilson's last release, "Blackfield II." However, due to the fact that the tracks are very long (the longest is over 17 minutes), the album manages to clock in at over 50 minutes long. Each track flows together very well, something that In Absentia did not achieve.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in this album flow together as well as the music itself does. It seems to me that this is a concept album, however Porcupine Tree hasn't stated this themselves. Steven Wilson's singing talents manage to match those of his music production. Sometimes the vocals will sound like Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails (notably in the title track) while other times they will sound extremely smooth.
Overall Impression — 10
This album lacks in two areas: filler tracks and bad music. It's been 20 years since the band started, and it's a disappointment that such great music sells only a fraction of what some 19 year olds wearing makeup and yelling into a microphone does. Every song here is a masterpiece and has it's own unique quality to it while still flowing together with the other tracks. The music will relax you, but won't make you fall asleep. This is the best album I've heard so far from 2007.