Porcupine Tree's most ambitious statement of intent to date, available in 180 gms vinyl.
 
The seeds of the idea that led to The Incident came to Steven Wilson whilst caught up in a motorway traffic jam driving past an accident. "There was a sign saying 'police - incident' and everyone was slowing down to rubber neck what had happened," he recalls. "Afterwards, it struck me that 'incident' is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved. Then I had the sensation that the spirit of someone that had died in the car accident entered into my car and was sitting next to me."
 
"The irony of such a cold expression for such seismic events appealed to me, and I began to pick out other 'incidents' reported in the media and news," continues Wilson. "I wrote about the evacuation of teenage girls from a religious cult in texas, a family terrorizing its neighbours, a body found floating in a river by some people on a fishing trip, and more. Each song was written in the first person and tried to humanize the detached media reportage." Additionally, Wilson delved back into incidents in his own life that had profoundly affected him, including a lost childhood friendship, a séance, his first love, and the day that he decided to give up secure employment to follow his dream of making music. The album's epic song, an 11-minute Pink Floyd flavoured masterpiece called Time Flies, for instance, begins with the line: "I was born in 1967."
 
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Side 1:
 
1. Occam's Razor (1.55) 
2. The Blind House (5.47) 
3. Great Expectations (1.26) 
4. Kneel And Disconnect (2.03) 
5. Drawing The Line (4.43)
 
Side 2:
 
6. The Incident (5.20) 
7. Your Unpleasant Family (1.48) 
8. The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train (2.00) 
9. Time Flies (11.40)
 
Side 3:
 
10. Degree Zero Of Liberty (1.45) 
11. Octane Twisted (5.03) 
12. The Seance (2.39) 
13. Circle Of Manias (2.18) 
14. I Drive The Hearse (6.41)
 
Side 4:
 
15. Flicker (3.42) 
16. Bonnie The Cat (5.45) 
17. Black Dahlia (3.40) 
18. Remember Me Lover (7.28)