The Incident

The Incident is the tenth studio album by Porcupine Tree. It was released as double album on 14 September 2009 by Roadrunner Records. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album and reached the Top 25 on both the US and UK album charts.

The concept of The Incident emerged as Steven Wilson was caught in a motorway traffic jam whilst driving past a road accident:

"There was a sign saying 'Police - Incident' and everyone was slowing down to see what had happened... Afterwards, it struck me that 'incident' is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved...

...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, 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 is written in the first person and tries to humanize the detached media reportage". — Steven Wilson

The Incident Tracklist

Disc 1 - The Incident
I. Occam's Razor
II. The Blind House
III. Great Expectations
IV. Kneel and Disconnect
V. Drawing the Line
VI. The Incident
VII. Your Unpleasant Family
VIII. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train
IX. Time Flies
X. Degree Zero of Liberty
XI. Octane Twisted
XII. The Séance
XIII. Circle of Manias
XIV. I Drive the Hearse

Disc 2

Disc 2 contains tracks recorded outside of 'The Incident' song cycle.

1. Flicker
2. Bonnie The Cat
3. Black Dahlia
4. Remember Me Lover

The Incident Production Credits:

Arranged by Porcupine Tree
Produced by Porcupine Tree

Engineers: Steve Orchard, John Wesley (engineered guitars)
Mastering: Jon Astley (stereo), Darcy Proper (5.1)

Porcupine Tree

Steven Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards; mixing
Colin Edwin - bass; double bass
Richard Barbieri - synthesizers, keyboards
Gavin Harrison - drums, percussion

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