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Just picked up Fear of a Blank Planet in the store this morning. I'm only on listen #2 but so far I'm liking it a lot. I don't think it's as "metal" as some reviewers say it is. They've sort of "progressivized" the metal bits.
I think I might wind up liking this one more than In Absentia or Deadwing, which I didn't think would be possible. SW is amazing. I wonder what they're going to come up with next. :eek:
04-24-07, 12:52 PM
Some years back (around the release of In Absentia I think) I tried to get into PT--I found them decidedly less offensive than 99% of the current "neoprog" bands, but still not as good as classic 70s yes, genesis, king crimson, etc. Its like they have the prog aesthetic, but not the substance.
I grew up on the 70s stuff. The bands don't do it for me any more. :( You should listen to earlier PT stuff. Lightbulb Sun, Stupid Dream, Voyage 34, etc. Their sound changed dramatically starting with In Absentia, but I made the leap (so to speak) effortlessly.
Oh and Alex Lifeson and Fripp are on the new album. :)
04-24-07, 01:34 PM
Personally I don't hear too much of a difference between it and Deadwing. That's a shame, but it's still a good album. Agreed -- In Absentia was a huge jolt from Lightbulb Sun, both in composition and in production. I still play the crap out of In Absentia, but haven't listened to Deadwing since the last time they came to town.
05-12-07, 05:48 AM
how'd i miss this post!
have you seen them live?.......awesome.
i'm only on about my 20th listen to fear of...
i like it. for me, pt (and more specifically, steven wilson) is one of the very few ground-breaking bands in modern rock. to this day, i listen to in absentia and i'm just awestruck buy sw's genius. i find sw's music very dynamic. not just in its composition, but from a listener's pov. there are just so many subtlties in his music to appreciate. i find myself zoning in on a different aspect of every song with each listen.
this won't mean much to anyone here....but my friends and family are shocked when i say this;
i received the new rush cd, the new blackfield cd and the new pt cd from amazon last friday. as of this post, i STILL haven't listend to the rush cd (or blackfield II). i'm stuck on fear of a blank planet.
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