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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

3.75 | 294 ratings

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5 stars For those of you hearing about this band for the first time, *this* is the album to buy to preview their music. In fact, I must suggest that this is the *only* Pure Reason Revolution album to buy as you will likely be disappointed with their album Amor Vincit Omnia. After listening to The Dark Third a couple times, you might think, I would like more PRR. I will go out and buy their latest album! As of March 25th 2009 when I am writing this, that is a bad idea.

Q. IS THIS ALBUM PROGRESSIVE? A. Absolutely. There are some naysayers who don't classify this album as Prog because there is a lack of odd time signatures in all but one song. Is that what Progressive music comes down to? Odd time signatures? Yes, Prog often makes usage of odd time signatures; but by no means is that how it is defined. The composition of The Dark Third screams Progressive. I even have trouble listening to just one song. This is a start-at-track-one album, much like Dream Theater's Scenes From A Memory. It will take you on a journey in more than one way, as you drive out of your way in order to hear the entire album in your car.

Q. WHAT DO I DO IF I LIKED THIS ALBUM AND WANT MORE? A. Pure Reason Revolution has a myspace account. You might want to go there and tell them how much you loved The Dark Third and ask them to return to this genre. I'm not suggesting spamming, just be sure to let the band know what it's fans like and what they don't like.

Q. WHY SHOULD I BUY THIS ALBUM? A. Well, I cannot recommend this album to everyone, naturally. There are some who do not enjoy Progressive music... then again, why would they be on This is a good album for those who love the composition of albums like Dream Theater's Scenes From A Memory, Porcupine Tree's In Absentia or Green Carnation's Light of Day, Day of Darkness. Gapless playback, spacey instrumentals mixed with electronics and heavenly harmonization are likely to be key parts of this album that will help you to get lost in the music. The vocals at the beginning of The Bright Ambassadors of Morning will have you shamelessly singing at the top of your lungs. Pink Floyd fans might even recognize the phrase the bright ambassadors of morning from the song Echoes.

So, why buy this album? Because you will be doing a huge disservice to yourself if you miss this album. It is an absolute essential.

Portnoy787 | 5/5 |


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