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AS THE WORLD

Echolyn

 

Symphonic Prog

3.98 | 227 ratings

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Menswear
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4 stars I wouldn't give it 5 stars, but it's too darn good. Simply because this record is TOO THICK. Mastering it is the main challenge, not liking it. Because you will like it, sooner or later. The voyage inside this album is really long and complex. But do they had to make it so darn long? Noel Gallagher from Oasis said: "The challenge is not to make 70 minutes, it's to make 70 good minutes". Frankly, it starts pretty heavy, with lots of winks to Gentle Giant (vocally, their main influence) and curiously, it doesn't pant too much in the end!

Funny thing, the lyrics are strangely too close to the thoughts and feelings of a teenage kid who is about 15 years old. What's wrong guys? Got laugh at in your high school years? Probably, if you liked progressive rock!

The need to listen and relisten and re-relisten is a key. I was a bit insecure by the fact that I was buying something from the early 90's (read Dream Theater frenzyness). I actually bought it, sold it and repurchased it. After selling it, songs suddently popped in my head. I was saying:" Man, this record really hooked me without knowing it!" It has the feel of the 90's. I can't describe it but it feels 90's just like when you listen to Pearl Jam's Ten. The Gentle Giant feel is present on certain songs technically, but vocally, the style is often revisited for the enjoyment of everyone.

Overall, lots of good songs ( over 10 for sure) with breaks and quick starts. The more I listen to it, the more I hate myself for throwing it away before. At first it could make you think that you made a bad purchase, but YOU REALLY DIDN'T!

Menswear | 4/5 |

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