Sound — 8
The Incident is hard to describe simply. It has both the old-skool PT sound of ethereal dreaminess, the newer sound of crashing guitars, and a brand new, more electronic sound present throughout both discs. The entire album sounds lighter in places than the last offering, Fear of a Blank Planet/Nil Recurring, and at times, sounds a lot darker (The title track, Circle of Manias, Bonnie the Cat) than before, creating an interesting medley of sounds present throughout the album. The indefinable PT sound is almost always present throughout the album, and it is pleasant to hear a lot more vocal harmonies this time around as compared to Fear of a Blank Planet. However, some of the riff sounds seem to be recycled at times, and are heavily influenced by Opeth and Meshuggah. Some may not like this, whilst others do.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics this time around are mostly better than Fear of a Blank Planet's lyrics, being more widely varied, and yet at the same time, show a homage to the previous album during some songs. There are a few songs which are very bad lyrically, Your Unpleasant Family springs to mind as does Flicker, which makes no sense lyrically yet sounds very pretty, as does Bonnie the Cat which has a sense of dark brooding desperation up until the point where you hear "I hold your birth control to ransom", and begin to wonder exactly what the song is about. However, this album does have better lyrics than Fear of a Blank Planet, but does not reach to the same heights that In Absentia and Deadwing managed to carve out. Steven Wilson's voice this time around sounds a lot more natural as well, and doesn't sound forced when compared to previous songs such as Trains or Anesthetize.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is a very strong album, both when looked at as a whole and individually, as there are very few bad songs on it. The most impressive songs on the album in this writers opinion are The Blind House, Drawing the Line, Kneel and Disconnect, Time Flies and I Drive The Hearse, which once again proves Steven Wilson's mastery for choosing an amazing ending track. Overall, a better album than Fear of a Blank Planet, and definitely in the top 3 albums of this writer. If stolen, would hunt down the thief and end the thief and take the album back, because it is that damn good.