Review - In Absentia

Artist: Porcupine Tree

The winding path that Steven Wilson has taken with Porcupine Tree is a lesson in the dogged vision of a true musical freak. Emerging in the late '80s as a cross between shoegazing excess and prog-rock excess, Wilson has refined his sound to an extravagant explosiveness that was well-showcased on this 2003 album. This DVD-Audio treatment provides two 5.1 surround mixes that ratchet up the prog quotient exponentially (as usual, the DTS mix is an absolute revelation, almost completely revisiting the original version in an expanded soundfield). Three bonus tracks and some mind-bending videos round out the package.

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