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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

3.74 | 276 ratings

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3 stars Nothing revolutionary, actually ...

What I like most about music is its ability to create something in the air - a fantasy - put some notes, chords, melody and lyrics and interpret the fantasy into stream of music that would flow into listeners' mind. This is what I find with Pure Reason Revolution's "The Dark Third" album. As far as story line, it seems quite bombastic, I would say. But when it comes with the music, I can sense that there is a big gap between what that has been created as fantasy into reality: delivering a great music that supports the fantasy. This is what Pure Reason Revolution (PRR) fails to do, I think. But it's okay if you just try to digest the music as it is and try to label whatever flows into your mind with those kinds of music that you have been familiar so far. Then, what would you get? A bit of Pink Floyd? Radiohead? U2? Porcupine Tree? Well, you can name them. A lot of bands have shared the same style with PRR, I think. Say: RPWL, Sylvan, Carptree, The Later Marillion, etc.

At first spin of the album, I was not quite impressed with the music because there were basically no catchy segments that I could draw as reference point. The music offered by PRR is basically revolving around psychedelic soundscapes with some spacey / ambient nuance. Keyboard is the main instrument to create such ambient as well as psychedelic nuance. Listening to this music, you should turn your amplifier in loud valume in order to get the subtleties of soundscapes. As a mater of comparison, the soundscape created by PRR is somewhat less attractive to Steve Wilson's work in Porcupine Tree. However, this album is quite accessible and enjoyable for most people. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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