Sound — 9
Fear of a Blank Planet overall is a much slower album than previous Porcupine Tree albums. The first song "Fear of a Blank Planet" sounds very similar to past Porcupine Tree albums, but starting with "My Ashes" it slows down. Not to say that these songs don't sound cool. It is just different. The music is somewhat psychedelic in places and with Porcupine Tree's unique sound, it just plain sounds awesome. An interesting fact about the album is how every song runs into one another, so the album really is just one big song when you think about it. Not to mention most of the songs are around 7:00 minutes long.
Lyrics — 9
A common theme with the lyrics is today's youth and how drugs, pornography, crime and MTV are wrecking them. In quite a few songs, the lyrics aren't even there for half the song. As always, Steve Wilson's vocals are interesting and moving. The only song that doesn't keep with the theme is "Way out of Here" In which Wilson seems to talk about a break up with girlfriend. Perhaps this is a reference to the Stupid Dream album.
Overall Impression — 9
This is an incredibly good album. Period. You will find no other CD out there like it. While some fans of Porcupine Tree may not like how much slower it is, it still sounds amazing. My personal favorite song is "Anethisize" the song is 17 minutes long and somehow it manages to keep your interest the entire time. This is a great album, so buy it. The only reason I cannot rate it a ten, is that it lacks a large variety of different songs like previous PT albums.