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5 stars In The Garden of Emotion...

Ayreon's first double album, and it is assuredly epic in scale. This album boasts a wide range of styles and emotions, with multiple vocalists contributing splendidly.

The opening track sets the stage for the story, followed by the first real song "Isis and Osiris" Featuring very good melodies, excellent use of vocalists, and atmospheric playing. The instrumental breaks, solos, and interludes on this album are absolutely magnificent.

Amazing flight is the first truly amazing highlight for me, with its trippy breaks, strong lyrics form a character standpoint, and how it calls vivid imagery. Then Time beyond time drops the floor out of your feet and lets you look into the eyes of Future Man. With a powerful vocal harmony, this song is another outstanding track.

Decision tree has strong melodies, and utilizes a dialogue form of story flow. The next track is another highlight on CD1. That is Across The Rainbow Bridge. With its soaring melodies, and fantastic instrumentation, it is highly enjoyable.

CD2 starts with garden of Emotions, and this showcases The Egyptian. Beautiful sounds and evocative melodies flow through this song and the next "Valley of the Queens" The Castle Hall, is strong and doesn't let you down, while The Tower of Hope is absolutely fantastic. Evil Devolution is the only place on this entire album where I can say it lets down a bit, but it is still not enough to be considered filler. I see it is a sort of final discarding of what brought down his first albums for me. The final songs spreading through emotions, highlight being the last song "Another Time, Another Space"

I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys Rock Operas in the least. Five Stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |


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