This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Porcupine Tree: Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Gavin Harrison, Steven Wilson.
Additional personnel: John Wesley (vocals, guitar); Aviv Geffen (background vocals).
Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York, New York between March & April 2002.
There's a breed of (post-1980s) bands with the same degree of grand rock experimentalism as Pink Floyd and Yes, who simultaneously adhere to the concept of concise songwriting. Porcupine Tree is one such band--their sound is a balance of lush ambient textures, charming vocal harmonies, rock & roll directness, and acoustically- and electronically-generated sounds. Their debut IN ABSENTIA shows all these elements in place, rich with the likely possibility of them becoming a contemporary counterpart to Pink Floyd.
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.94) - "...Dense, dark Seventies prog-rock ambition....Their heaviest album yet..."
CMJ (10/7/02) - "...A quirky, totally left of center release....IN ABSENTIA is one of those albums that begs to be listened to from the first note to the closing outro..."