3. Deadwing (2005) – One of their most diverse albums, with poppy tracks like “Lazarus” and “Halo” and the brilliant epic tracks, “Arriving Somewhere But Not Here” and “Start of Something Beautiful”. During this period, the band were really building the fan base that has now grown into the massive one that follows Wilson today.
2. Fear of A Blank Planet (2007) – From 2002-2007, the band took a heavier and darker turn, no more so than with FoaBP. From the opening track to the 17 minute “Anesthetize” to the closer “Sleep Together” Wilson was looking at the darker side of humanity and did so with excellent results. Not as diverse sonically, but in every sense incredible.
1. In Absentia (2002) – The band’s major label debut and the first with Gavin Harrison on drums full-time. It is a perfectly diverse album with the quintessential PT track “Blackest Eye”, their breakthrough track “Sound of Muzak” and the haunting “Heartattack in a Layby”. It should be recognized as one of the best albums of the new millennium, but it unfortunately came out too early in their career.