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3.79 | 878 ratings

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4 stars Autumn has come and the best thing I needed was such a depressing album, musically and lyrically. With the exception of extended (comparing to the single version) "02 Panic Room' and to some point 'Ultimate Trip' the melodic richness of 'Out of Myself' and touch of genius in composition from 'Second Life Syndrome' are absent. Coincinentally, absence is the main theme of the album - the one the hero broke up with at the beginning of 'Out Of Myself' is definitely gone, and the more the hero realizes it, the deeper the pain to the point that the 'Ultimate Trip' title suggests - probably ends in drugs. Therefore the tracks sound similar - well, it is not a drawback, the album is coherent and consistent, yet gloomy and sad. Not a best starter for autumn. The logical conclusion of 'Reality Dream Trilogy', the other choice being reconciliation of heroes, with angelic voices. Dreadful perspective. Judging in the light of whole trilogy, it is very good album, good end of the story. I am not sure whether it will stand for itself, especially comparing to Out Of Myself and Second Life Syndrome. The trilogy is over, what is going to happen to Riverside - I don't know. This album however, as they realized their intentions IMHO, deserves 4 stars.
RaphaelT | 4/5 |


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