Exposé Online banner

Porcupine Tree — Fear of a Blank Planet
(Atlantic 2-115900, 2007, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-01-01

Fear of a Blank Planet Cover art

Not known for uplifting and cheerful music, Porcupine Tree has delivered another dose of downer prog rock. The theme of Fear of a Blank Planet is adolescent angst and the large number of drugged out children who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The CD artwork and the video for the title track show young teens blindly staring into the distance and popping pills. The album opens with “Fear of a Blank Planet,” a metal prog number, which has a sterile numbing quality, probably not the best choice to open a CD. Then things improve with the standout songs “My Ashes,” “Anesthetize,” “Sentimental,” and “Sleep Together,” music we have come to expect from Porcupine Tree. In addition to their usual high quality and melodic releases they are joined this time by Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson on “Anesthetize” and Robert Fripp (soundscapes) on “Way out of Here.” Lifeson’s guitar interplay with Wilson is outstanding and well worth the price of the CD. Interestingly, Fripp’s presence is understated, which is a testament to both Wilson and Fripp. Perhaps not their best release, Fear of a Blank Planet still delivers and continues the Porcupine Tree journey.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Robert Fripp, Porcupine Tree, Richard Barbieri, Steven Wilson / I.E.M., John Wesley, Colin Edwin

More info
http://www.porcupinetree.com

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Imogene - Imogene – Certainly one of the ways for a band to achieve a distinctive sound is to feature an unconventional lineup of instruments. Imogene takes this tack by taking a typical b/d/g/k format and substituting...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues