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Fear of a Blank Planet is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree and their best selling before 's The Incident.
Steven Wilson has mentioned that the album's title is a direct reference to the Public Enemy album, Fear of a Black Planet ; while the former was about race issues, the latter is about the fear of losing the current generation of youth to various common threats to their mental and social wellbeing, including broken homes, excessive "screen time", and narcotic overuse prescribed and otherwise to the point of mental and spiritual "blankness".
The promotion of the record included a premiere performance of the songs during the shows in support of the Arriving Somewhere Fear of a Blank Planet was followed later the same year by release of the Nil Recurring extended play. With the release of InsurgentesWilson's debut solo album, Wilson would further develop some of the ideas on which Fear of a Blank Planet is conceived.
The album charted in almost all European countries and entered the Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet . Billboard at The album was highly acclaimed by critics and was awarded "Album of the Year" by Classic Rock magazine in Steven Wilson started writing the album in earlyin Tel Avivwhile he Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet recording the second Blackfield album. One of the first songs that Wilson wrote for the album during this period, called "Always Recurring" which is an unreleased trackwould later be recycled lyrically and sonically, for use in the track "What Happens Now?
The Blackfield album was finished in June so Wilson travelled back to London and met the other band members to work on the material he had been writing. These sessions took place between July and August and produced Muito Mais - Popeline - Pensando Em Ti good number of songs from which just six were picked for the record.
The band started a short tour in September to promote it, during which the six new songs selected for the forthcoming album were performed at the first half of the shows. They contacted King Crimson's guitarist Robert Fripp, he provided some soundscapes to the song  and lead guitar for the track "Nil Recurring", an instrumental song not included in the album but later released in the EP of the same name along with "Cheating the Polygraph".
Around Untitled (Version) - Kalabash Twins - Heavy Under You time of the recording, Wilson read an interview in Classic Rock magazine in which Rush 's guitarist Alex Lifeson had mentioned he was a big fan of Porcupine Tree.
Wilson quickly got in touch with Alex to ask him if he would like to play on the album. Lifeson was pleased to contribute  so Wilson wrote a section of the song "Anesthetize" for him to play a solo on it. Alex recorded the solo in his own studio and sent it to Wilson.
The album recording process was finished in December of the same year. The lyrics deal with two typical neurobehavioural developmental disorders affecting teenagers in the 21st century: bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorderand also with other common behaviour tendencies of youth like escapism through prescription drugssocial alienation caused by technologyand a feeling of vacuity—a product of information overload by the mass media.
In an interview with Revolver magazine, Wilson described the main character of the story as " The songs on Fear of a Blank Planet seem to have a connection not just between the lyrics but also musically; every track flows into the next, comprising a single fifty-minute piece of music.
That's always been the Porcupine Tree way, but we've definitely taken it to the next level. A few days after the mixing and recording processes were finished, Wilson unveiled the 5. Additionally, there was a third pre-release listening party without the presence of Steven Wilson in the Club Phoenix of Brisbane later on 14 April, organised by OzProg. On 12 April, the CD came out in parts of Europe four days earlier than intended, and was soon leaked onto the internet.
On 6 August, on their official website, Porcupine Tree announced a new EP was going to be released on 17 September the same year named Nil Recurringfeaturing four tracks just under 30 minutes of music that were written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and "Cheating the Polygraph".
The song "My Ashes" was featured in the American television series The Shield in episode 81, entitled " Animal Control ", which originally aired on 7 October On 18 Apriltwo days after the European release of the album, the band embarked on an extensive tour until the end of the year, with a short break during August and September resuming in October.
During the first run of shows, the band played all of the album either in one go, or spread throughout the set. For the second run of shows after the release of Nil Recurring this was stopped. Once again, Lasse Hoile worked with the band creating a video to accompany the performance of the whole album. Starting in Glasgowthe tour led the band through many major international music festivals such as the twins Hurricane Festival and Southside Festival in Germanythe Download Festival at Donington Parkthe Voodoo Music Experience of New Orleansand the Ilosaarirock Festival in Finland their first show ever in this country ; a radio broadcast from this performance was recorded and later remastered by the band for a release in March under the title Ilosaarirockgiven away to members of the Residents of a Blank Planet ticketing club.
The tour continued in Aprilwith their first appearance ever in Australiawhere they played three consecutive dates from 25 to 27 April in MelbourneSydney and Brisbane respectively. Thereafter in October the band started a brief European tour, during which a second official DVD was shot. The filming took place along two consecutive shows on 15 and 16 October, in Tilburgthe Netherlandsat the venue.
Oceansize opened for the UK shows. The album was critically acclaimed, receiving an average rating of 82 out of on Metacriticbased on nine reviews. The album did well commercially as well. With Fear of a Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet Planetthe band broke the selling mark established by Deadwingand reached the Top of the Billboard for the first time, debuting at The special edition limited to 10, copies was sold out worldwide within the same day of its release.
Gavin Harrison won the Modern Drummer magazine readers' poll for "best progressive drummer of the year" consecutively in and ; the last time he also came second in the "best recorded performance" category for Fear of a Blank Planet.
InRolling Stone named Fear of a Blank Planet the Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet best Mystery Title - Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven rock album of all time. In addition to the regular issue, a special two-disc edition was released, containing both Stereo and 5. This limited edition of 10, copies was sold out the day of its release.
The vinyl edition has a slightly different track listing,  and includes the Nil Recurring EP. There is also a special Jimmy Hughes - Midnight Affair / When It Comes To Dancing vinyl edition Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet to copies released on 1 Mayto coincide with the band's recent appearance at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands. This was originally provided to Dutch record stores Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet  but was made available for purchase from the band's online store for a very limited run from 14 June The stock lasted less than five days.
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