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The Incident

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2009 two CD release from the Grammy-nominated modern Progressive Rock band. Porcupine Tree is fronted by Steven Wilson, who also is well-known for his work producing other artists, from Swedish Progressive Metal group Opeth, to Norwegian chanteuse Anja Garbarek. One of the only constants in Porcupine Tree's music is how it continues to evolve and confront the expectations of the band's fans from album to album. The Incident is their 10th studio album and takes the listener on a thrilling audio journey. In turns haunting, desolate, hypnotic and euphoric, its centre-piece is the title track: a stunning 55-minute musical statement that breaks down into 14 separate and often diverse (though interlinked) vignettes.
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  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B002GZQY6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Another huge PT fan here, I have been counting the days until this album arrived on my doorstep and I like it. I like it a lot. It's everything a fan would ask for, like a kitchen sink chock full of PT. But I can't say that this album grabs me and shakes me and won't let me go like their other albums. I am listening to it nonstop, and some songs are very good--right now I truly love "I Drive the Hearse", "Black Dahlia" and "The Incident".

I don't know if that is because this is not a great PT album, or just that I have become too familiar with their sound. Maybe I need more time with it, not less--but I have the feeling that more time will just uncover more familiarity and that is possibly what is keeping me from raving about it.

ETA: After listening to this album for the past several weeks, I think I understand what the problem is for me. From the first track all the way until "Time Flies", I love this album as much as anything else I have heard by PT. But from "Time Flies" (which I just don't like, I have tried to no avail) up until the start of "I Drive the Hearse", which is the last track on Disc 1, I am gone mentally and emotionally, and nothing can keep me there. Then once "I Drive the Hearse " starts up, I love this album again all the way through the end of Disc 2. That's just me, though--other reviewers here love the songs during the stretch that loses me.

ETA: I need to stop editing this review, but I have to add one more thing, about PT in general. I am over forty, about to be forty five, in fact. I live in a suburb, I have two kids, a husband, a mortgage, a cat and a Subaru. In short, I am as far away from young and cool as you can get--I am not even old and cool yet.
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For a band that never settles into an easy formula, Porcupine Tree still manages to impress with The Incident, an all-encompassing musical adventure and concept album.

It surfaced early on that the follow-up to PT's very successful previous album, Fear of a Blank Planet would be another concept album and pretty much one long piece of music clocking in at 55 minutes. Steven Wilson, who has a writer's itch for long form, was rightfully satisfied with the quality of Anesthesize, the brilliant highlight of Blank Planet. In progressive rock, the form is not new, dating back at least to the grand daddy of them all, Genesis' Supper's Ready from 1972 and IQ,the Flower Kings or Transatlantic have certainly explored it thoroughly. But Porcupine Tree now gives it its own treatment, with spectacular results.

Before going further into The Incident, the "song", it should be noted that The Incident is actually two CDs, the main one and a second one made from four side tracks. It is an interesting choice: Fear of a Blank Planet had itself generated a companion album, Nil Recurring, an EP belonging to the same creative cycle and bringing several variations and echos of the main project's themes. And so it is with The Incident's second CD, although we don't have to wait a year or so for its release. The material is clearly less impressive than the main cycle but is pretty good nonetheless.

As for The Incident, it is primarily a high concept collection of songs exploring our reactions to tragedies and hardships, particularly in the context of modern media overload.
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12/4/2009 Update:
The December 2009 issue of Sound & Vision magazine has an extensive coverage of Steve Wilson's work with Porcupine Tree on the Incident album, and also his work on the 5.1 mixes of three of King Crimson's albums recently released. This articule confirms many of the great reviews that Steve's work is getting everywhere, and more specifically how he has become the "king of surround". A must read!


There... I said it!

Porcupine Tree is in a class all by itself in the music industry. And their formula is: PT = MUSICAL GENIUS + TALENT + QUALITY + MUSICAL TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

1. Musical Genius: Steve Wilson as the front man of the band just has unbound ideas that he translates into themes that are beautifully delivered in PT's music. This concept album just puts together the ideas in a much more fluid way than previous albums. The concept is developed with great beauty, grace and flow, and the multitude of musical styles have enough "space" to develop. The first time I listened to "The Incident", it reminded me very much of the first time I listened to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon many years ago, it is an album that grows on you every time you listen to it. The individual songs might not be the best that PT has created, but the sum of the parts is definitely greater and better than anything else they have done to date. I do like some individual songs from Deadwing, Fear of a Blank Planet and In Absentia better than most of the individual tracks in The Incident, but the overall listening experience of The Incident is what will make this album a classic for many years to come.

2. Talent: The talent of the band is obvious, all instruments are masterfully played with such precision.
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DTS 5.1?
I'm glad you like it, however, the DVD is not a DVD-A as you have stated here, it is a DVD-V with DTS 5.1 audio. If it were a DVD-A it would also have MLP lossless audio on it, probably in the form of 48khz/24bit in 5.1, as all the other Porcupine Tree DVD-A discs.
Oct 13, 2009 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 24 posts
this cd is great!!!!!
I ordered the limited edition 2cd + DVD package which arrived three days ago. I'm digging the LE packaging, although it's really little more than an oversized cd insert, it's nice to hold something with a bit of heft as you zone out into an album. The album, especially the first cd, is very... Read More
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MP3 Download Cautionary Note
If you are a fan of PT, you should know better than to buy the mp3 disc. If you are new to the band, you'll be kicking yourself later. I know better now, but I discovered them by purchasing a couple mp3 discs; this band is proud of the mixing, mastering, and quality of the audio as well as the... Read More
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not selling at Best Buy
I pretty much have a problem with Best Buy in general anymore.

Seems like almost every time they have an item on sale I'm interested in, I'll go there to get it, only to find that it has been sold out. If a new release is on sale (and is for the most part, highly anticipated), then why can't... Read More
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Rushead..thanks for the heads up on the P.Tree dvd,,,cant wait for that one,,a great band i have all their music and am glad to hear a new dvd will be out,,i got "Arriving Somewhere" dvd and its cool,This one should be great too,"Fear of ..." is a really good cd,hoping maybe... Read More
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