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5 stars One of the most anticipated releases of the year is finally here, and despite the enormous pressure of living up to its expectations, considering the legendary status of many of the guest artists, it didn't dissapoint me at all. As a matter of fact, Arjen Anthony Lucassen has produced a masterpiece which, in my humble opinion, ranks up there with his most acclaimed opus: The Human Equation. Taking on a more down-to-earth theme (apparently) than some of his previous releases, Arjen tells us a story about a brilliant but obsessed scientist who sees an excellent opportunity to complete his research taking advantage of his son's exceptional talent. Although we have seen themes like these in several movies, this story has a charm of its own and could easily be taken to the big screen. I won't dwelve much into it for those who have yet to discover this wonderful album. What I can say is that every guest vocalist and instrumentalist delivers a great performance and the music adapts perfectly to the many shifting moods developed along the plot. You can tell the parts in which every musician performs with their particular way, for almost all of them have a very distinctive style of their own. As for the singers, Toehider's Mike Mills and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia were the most pleasant surprises, though every singer gives a great performance. I'd strongly recommend not making a definite opinion about The Theory Of Everything until after having listened to it for at least 3 times, for a work as ambitious as this can hardly be assimilated on the first hearing. Once you do you won't be dissapointed, for Ayreon's latest offering takes us once again on a great musical and conceptual journey! Five stars.
eddiefang | 5/5 |


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