This album hits you a bit harder than “In Absentia”. The title track is also the opening track and it has such surprising twists, that it’s hard to put it into a category. Melodic, dark, progressive, rock metal about covers it, but since it sounds as implausible as some of those coffee-to-go things, let’s just leave it at that. The following song „Shallow“ is reminiscent of Rush. With „Lazarus“, Porcupine Tree presents a beautiful ballad, to which not even their classic „Trains“ can hold a candle.
Steven Wilson once again created an emotional, sophisticated album. Porcupine Tree get some backing from guest musicians Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth).