Best Porcupine Tree Albums

A list of the best albums by English progressive rock band Porcupine Tree.

The Top Ten

1 Fear of a Blank Planet

This record helped me recover from social anxiety. It's a magnificent record. Potent & poignant. Anesthetize is the best song in their discography and trumps others. FOABP self titled & Way Out of Here is also some of their best work. Rest of the songs are just really damn good.

Excellent concept album. It feels so authentic, real, sincere.
It also has something that Deadwing and In Absentia lacks: perfection. Not a single second is average, you can start the title track, and you'll be breathless for the whole record.

The first record I have ever cried to.

SO tricky to choose a favourite but I do feel like the band were on absolute top form with this album - the atmosphere and production, the musicianship and memorable melodies, and despite the long track lengths it never feels overblown or pompous - it's a stunning achievement. I genuinely don't understand how this band never made it huge, I really don't.

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2 In Absentia

I call this album the embodiment of the modern intelligent music. This is a brilliant prog-rock album in all aspects - The lyrics is fascinating and you feel that every guitar riff is telling you a whole story except for being a part of a genius melody writing. -MASTERPIECE-

Possibly the greatest album of all time. The perfect mix of hard rock riffs with acoustic and piano led ballads. The only weak spot is a few parts of Wedding Nails, but the rest of this album is incredible

No way would I put Fear of a Blank Planet at the top, so it's between this and Deadwing. Both are very close in quality in my mind, and Deadwing has a much better structure, and concept (and ASBNH is better than most In Absentia songs). But In Absentia as a whole is still extremely well constructed and has better songs on the whole, I would say there's 0-1 weak spots on this album. Also, the surreal, ambient, and creepy factor is definitely higher on In Absentia than Deadwing.

Gran album!

3 Deadwing

So hard to pick a best one. Deadwing however is probably the most accessible album of their latter day career. It exhibits a whole range of styles and genres yet feels complete as any great album should. This album is never far away from my CD player and the songs are always there in my head.

There are certainly some phenomenal songs across all of their albums, but as an album on the whole, Deadwing easily triumphs. I really hate the way they portray the protagonist of FOABP, The Incident as a whole is quite uneven, and so on with other criticisms. But only Deadwing flourishes in concept, even pace, and is just musically gorgeous.

Truly brilliant, this is the album that I fell in love with. Porcupine Tree carry off this generations love of progressive rock in true style here. Great theme wonderful songs and true musical genius. All PT is great, this is a perfect start for anyone wanting to jump in for the first time. Turn it UP!

Awesome album! Includes Lazarus and Arriving Somewhere but not here.

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4 Lightbulb Sun

Their best album for sure! One day I would like to see a reunion with Chris back on drums to play the album in its entirety.

Also there are some very sad songs on this album, particularly Feel so low. I'm fairly certain it's about his girlfriend that broke up with him and he put his emotions into song. Great album.

The period between psychedelic debut albums and prog metal later work is the best in my opinion. This album has no weak track, and some masterpieces like "Russia on Ice" or "Hatesong". Almost flawless album.

This is the album that got me into porcupine tree, followed closely by stupid dream. And WOW! Fantastic escapism through their music. It was like being a teenager again (I am not)..

5 Stupid Dream

I'm not a huge fan of a lot of the songs on this album, but to me this is (along with Lightbulb Sun) where they perfected their sound, without the overbearing metal influence of their later works or the unnecessary psychadelic tangents of earlier albums. The last few songs flow together in a near flawless masterpiece. The album manages to incorporate just enough of PT's psychedelically influenced roots while still producing memorable individual songs.

I know this might sound a little elitist and brass. But any true PT fan and Serious music lover would pick this album as number one. - Vindictive

6 Signify

Great album in many people's opinion their peak. At least listen to Dark Matter that song is amazing.

Great. Not for those who need 'melodic breaks, on their menu.

I like this kind of prog with references to Crimson, Camel and Pink Floyd but without copying them, truly exellent

7 The Sky Moves Sideways

Cool psychedelia. People label this as "carbon copy of pink floyd" I believe this is unnecessary, because its steven wilsons own thing. I actually bought this album for the soul reason that it would be a 90s floyd album, but what I ended up getting was something completely unique, even to porcupine trees other albums. This album is not one to disappoint.

I love the early psychedelic albums, this is probably my favourite even though (or because? ) it tries to be Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

I was blown away by the quality of this album. the title track is perfect and and the other tracks are noteworthy too. Since I'm a pink floyd fanatic I believe this is the closest you could possibly get to pink floyd.

Should be top 5 has their early work over 15 min.

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8 The Incident

I liked this album much more than most people. It has the flow of a classic concept album using Porcupine Tree's driving heaviness to put it all together. It sounds great as a whole and yet most of the songs still sound great on their own.

The Music on this album is breathtaking. I am not sure where to start but I would suggest you sit down for a session. It's a journey, and a good one. There is little polish on this, as, it has been been a perfect production recording, I am sure sure mixed by Steven Wilson. Am blimey are the standards high!. From magical sublime acoustic to full on heavy rifting, its got it all. Gavin Harrison on drums together with Steven Wilson producing (amongst other talents) seems to produce a unique liquid hearing experience.

It's their last album its maybe not the best album but in my opinion top 3!

9 Up the Downstair

This album is one of their best, maybe where they began conscious of their strengths.

10 On the Sunday of Life

The Contenders

11 Recordings

Their outtakes are superior to most bands main output! Even by Porcupine Tree's high standards these songs are stunning!

12 Voyage 34

Come on! this is one of their best works! I'd put it at number 6, replacing the Incident, but I just don't like that one. I agree with the top 5

13 Coma Divine

One of the finest 'space' live albums ever released on record (gives Hawkwind a run for their money)!

14 Nil Recurring
15 Metanoia

An obscure live fully improvised instrumental album in a similar vein to Krautrock, yet undeniably Porcupine Tree!

16 Atlanta

Another fantastic live album. Although the limited audio discs that came with the Anesthetize box set are much better, this is in no way less than brilliant!

17 Ilosaarirock

An extremely limited and highly sought after release, that has a near flawless track-list. Perhaps shadowed by Anesthetize.

18 We Lost the Skyline

Best Accoustic stuff ever

19 Transmission IV

This is moonloops full song which is like 40 minutes but I like the regular version better cause its not as boring. makes me want to fall asleep but not bad

Contains a single song 'moonloop'. That is, the full un-editted version of moonloop in all it's spacey ambient glory!

20 Futile
21 Anesthetize

Probably the best live album of the last 30 years.
Awesome band in top form with brilliant array of songs.

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1. Fear of a Blank Planet
2. In Absentia
3. Lightbulb Sun
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2. In Absentia
3. Deadwing
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