Earlier this week I posted a blog about my introduction to Porcupine Tree (which you can read here), and that I actually prefer the ‘older’ albums above the most recent ones… And a few hours later, after publishing that blog post, I suddenly thought about the album Fear Of A Blank Planet.
Fear Of A Blank Planet came out in the year when I was actually starting to listen to Porcupine Tree’s music (2007). I still remember when my ‘then boyfriend’ purchased the album, and not much later Nil Recurring, the EP that contained tracks that were made during the Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions (at least, I think that is the real story, please correct me if I’m wrong).
According to me, Fear Of a Blank Planet carries the same ambience as Signify. It’s a very dark album. It’s my favourite Porcupine Tree album of the ‘Gavin Harrison era’. The dark ambience that the album carries along isn’t the only thing that attracted me to this. The lyrics are brilliant, and some of the lyrics ‘reflect’ to my own life. It’s an album I won’t get bored with when I listen to it over and over again.
I purchased the album on vinyl on 21 May 2013 at a shop named Boudisque in Utrecht, The Netherlands (wow, almost exactly three years ago, a big thank you to Facebook for reminding me!). I bought it with a big discount, because Boudisque was going to quit as a physical store in that city, so they had to get rid of their collection. It was my last purchase in that shop (I also bought Lightbulb Sun on vinyl there, and some other records), so it became some sort of ‘symbolic farewell’ to that store.
Talking about big discounts, I bought the Anesthetize Vinyl Box Set for a bargain in a record store in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The reason why it was so cheap was because one of the corners of the box was slightly damaged, but everything else was still perfectly intact. I also bought a record of Nickelback in the same store, so sharpen your pitchforks again!
Well, maybe you can sharpen your pitchforks a little bit sharper, because I’m going to say something what most Porcupine Tree fans probably don’t like to hear; I prefer Chris Maitland’s drumming more than Gavin Harrison’s drumming. Don’t attack me yet, Gavin is a brilliant drummer, but a bit too technical and sometimes ‘tiring’ to my ears. I really get ‘tired’ when I try to listen to the Anesthetize Box Set in its entirety, and I’m not really fond of Gavin’s version of the track Dark Matter. Ok, I think I got virtually stabbed a million times by now, so I will shut up. 😉
A big hug from your roving reporter… Ouch, get away with that pitchfork again, will ya?
Iris, aka Ier!
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