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The Crow
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4 stars Warning: Eye of the Soundscape is not a regular Riverside album!

Is a compilation of long improvisations and some shorter instrumental tracks from different sessions released as bonus tracks in special editions through the years, specially the Rapid Eye Movement, Shrine of New Generation Slaves and Love, Fear and The Time Machine ones, in addition of a pair of unreleased tracks.

Nevertheless, if you are a fan of the band you will be delighted to recognize some melodies and rhythms from the main albums, and if you are new to Riverside you will find the most ambient, psychedelic and instrumental side of the band, with influences which move between Pink Floyd, Eloy, Porcupine Tree and Tangerine Dream.

The result is a very stimulating album perfect to be used as background music, but also splendid as a careful and dedicated listening!

Best Tracks: I especially like the first CD, but the shorter tracks of the second are also very interesting.

Conclusion: Eye of The Soundscape is a wonderful compilation of special edition bonus tracks and some unreleased songs but with a coherent and unique identity. It shows the incredibly good instrumental side of the band which links Riverside to the Mariusz Duda solo project called Lunatic Soul.

It was also a posthumous homage to the sadly disappeared guitarist Piotr Grudzinski and in will delight the fans of the band, but also psychedelic-space-ambiental prog lovers. Strongly recommended!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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