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Old 10-05-2012, 04:56 AM   #241
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No, I can't say I was interested. Is my skepticism - based on how underwhelming Grace for Drowning proved to be - justified, or should I give it a go?
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #242
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I thought I liked Grace for Drowning at first, but then I listened to it a second time...

And just because.

Lightbulb Sun
Stupid Dream
Fear of a Blank Planet
Deadwing
The Incident
In Absentia

That's all I've heard.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #243
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I like that ranking. Nice mixture of similar tastes and WTF moments (The Incident > In Absentia??). Up the Downstair and The Sky Moves Sideways are what should follow next.

As for the live SW album, I guess it is worth a go. One should go in with low expectations. I love Insurgentes so it was worth it for me. The two tracks from Grace for Drowning I do really like - Postcard and Remainder the Black Dog - are very good.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #244
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Both albums are too long, but The Incident just has more songs I really like. The Blind House > anything on In Absentia imo.

I remember liking that Postcard track too.
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In Absentia is definitely too long, which is why I prefer its two successors of that "metal" era.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #246
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Other than the awful, bitchy lyrics of the title track, Fear of a Blank Planet was really good.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #247
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The lines about porn are quite funny.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #248
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Pearl Jam is my favourite band, and I love that one lyric. Never fails to amuse.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #249
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I find the lyrics of Sound of Muzak cheesy too so yeah.

Ranking the albums:

1. In Absentia
2. Stupid Dream
3. Deadwing
4. Lightbulb Sun
5. Fear of a Blank Planet
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #250
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Totally different lol.

I also want to add how much I love Sentimental. Such a beautiful track.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:58 PM   #251
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Yeah, In Absentia is my favorite by a good distance. It's long but it has all of my favorite PT songs except for Lazarus and Even Less.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #252
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My album rankings for PT are pretty patchy. The first two are solid, but beyond then, well, if I make this list again in an hour it might be different:

1. Stupid Dream
2. Lightbulb Sun
(Recordings)
3. Deadwing
4. Up the Downstair
5. In Absentia
6. The Sky Moves Sideways
7. The Incident
8. Fear of a Blank Planet
9. Signify
10. On the Sunday of Life
(Metanoia)

Seriously, the order of 3-8 is pretty much arbitrary. If you asked me right now to argue that, for instance, FOABP is better than In Absentia, I'd do it despite how I just ranked them.
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1. Stupid Dream
2. In Absentia
3. Lightbulb Sun
4. Deadwing
5. Up The Downstair
6. Fear Of A Blank Planet
7. The Sky Moves Sideways
8. The Incident
9. On The Sunday Of Life
10. Signify
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9. On The Sunday Of Life
10. Signify
Yeah?

I mean, I love Jupiter Island, Radioactive Toy, Nine Cats, and especially The Swallows Dance Above the Sun and Linton Samuel Dawson as much as - well, a lot more than - the next guy, but gems like Waiting, Sever, Every Home Is Wired, and Dark Matter give Signify an advantage for me.

Though actually, now that I think about it, the gap in quality between the two albums is much less than I had previously considered it to be. I wish Swallows didn't have those bloody samples, because it's a top twenty PT song for me. The "every time I turn around" verse at the end has some of the best lyrics on any PT album.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #255
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Sleep of No Dreaming is my favourite song from Signify.

Album ranking:

1. Stupid Dream
2. Fear of a Blank Planet
3. Deadwing
4. In Absentia
5. Lightbulb Sun
6. Up the Downstair
7. The Sky Moves Sideways
8. The Incident
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