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Echolyn

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 242 ratings

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MovingPictures07
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4 stars This entire album is one 50 minute song. Does it hold up to its expectations?

1. Mei- It does. This is another really well-crafted and played song by Echolyn, full of unique symphonic proggy goodness. It is not a perfect Echolyn song, however, as the song is sometimes a bit too subtle for its own good. Nonetheless, it is very beautiful and accomplished. The opening is magical, it is nearly always interesting, and is one of the most effective songs of this length I've ever heard. My only critique is that I wish Echolyn rocked out more on this song like they do around 6:00-9:00 minutes since that part is SO effective. I can't complain about much else though, because the structure, instrumentation, and innovation is all top notch. One great feat about this song too is it manages not to be a rambling mess, which is always the risk you take with a really long song. Not a perfect step in the Echolyn catalog, but a really good one! 8/10

This is not Echolyn's masterpiece. In fact, it's my least favorite Echolyn album and the one I play the least, yet I'm not entirely sure why. Despite that, it is still one hell of an epic and should please symphonic or modern prog fans wanting to hear something fresh and unique. An excellent addition to any prog collection!

MovingPictures07 | 4/5 |

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