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Urs Blank
2 stars Serious performance but unexciting music.

I had heard about RPWL a long time ago but at that time I didn't find any of their CDs. Then I completely forgot them untill a friend lend me their last effort, telling me it was better than Porcupine Tree. I was perplexed so I decided to form my own opinion on it. First it didn't frankly impressed me but It wasn't unpleasant, and a couple of songs made me think it could become very interesting after a few more listenings.

I felt very disappointed after a dozen of listenings, for two main reasons : the lack of imagination in the compositions and the tasteless Pop music they offer. Is it really prog? I'm not sure at all. Of course they make long songs, which seems to be creative, with flowing instrumental parts, soft voice... but in the end it's rather dull than beautiful. I considerer it as a sententious pop rock album, though it it is good Pop music. It's difficult to explain my disillusion. The influences of Pink Floyd and to a lesser extent of Porcupine Tree are undeniables, and I love these two groups so what's the problem? I would say that there is nothing special in their compositions, only well-performed music without a soul.

Far from being a bad album, I just think "World Through My Eyes" is not a prog one. Nice songs, good artistic production, but despite small attempts to make prog (nice work of the keyboards, very floydian musical approach), it's definitively a Pop Rock album. Although a few songs are enjoyable (especially "Roses"), I don't think RPWL have its place in a Progressive music website. As a Pop rock album I would give a 3 stars but as a prog effort I give only 2 stars.

Urs Blank | 2/5 |


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