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Pure Reason Revolution


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5 stars Pure Reason Revolution - Cautionary Tales for the Brave

I can sum up the music of Pure Reason Revolution (PRR) in one word-refreshing. This Progressive Rock UK band is sweeping the progressive world and well it should. Their music is as fresh as a April shower with ultra-catchy melodies, haunting refrains and four of the five band members (one female, which adds a nice touch) harmonizing almost all of the vocals. Who do they remind me of? No one. Maybe a tiny bit like Pink Floyd. But only because the music is imaginative and their tempo is reminiscent of the great ones.

Yeah, all right you caught me. Yes, they have a Radiohead feel and maybe a tiny bit like the fabulous new Polish band, Riverside, but that's all-scout's honor.

Pure Reasoning Revolution's initial studio album, 'The Dark Third' was released in Europe in January on Inside Out Records. For those of you that follow Progressive rock and metal that fact alone should tell you that PRR is something special. That album is indeed great but that's a future review. One of the reasons that albumis great is that three of this EP's songs (the longest three) appear on the album as well. This review is about there previous release an EP called Cautionary Tales for the Brave.

Cautionary Tales contains four songs-two long and two average. It runs just a hair over twenty-nine minutes, which is almost as long as some of the shorter full albums. In my opinion Cautionary Tales is just as good, though shorter than it's big sister-The Dark Third. All songs have a medium slow, easy going tempo, which the more you listen, the more you like. To me all four amazing songs are five stars.

Song/track list 1. In Aurélia 3:50 2. Bright Ambassadors of Morning 11:50 3. Arrival/The Intention Craft 8:36 4. He Tried to Show Them Magic/Ambassadors Return 5:33

Line-up Jon Courtney (vocals/guitar) Chloe Alper (bass/vocals/keyboards) James Dobson (keyboards/bass/vocals/violin) Greg Jong (vocals/guitar) Andrew Courtney (drums)


If progressive rock is ever going to make a slash in mainstream music America, this is the band that can do it. Not only is their music catchy, it also sounds like longer, more involved top forty (but not too much more involved.) As you might suspect the longer songs are more involved than the shorter ones but they all should appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners.

semismart | 5/5 |


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