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AMOR VINCIT OMNIA

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

2.96 | 135 ratings

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Schizoid Man
5 stars This is not a true prog album and it surely wasn't meant to be.

It is, however, an excellent electronic/rock album with great songs, production, musicianship and vocals with recurring themes and some fierce and fiery instrument interaction.

One of the best albums of 2009.

1. Les Malheurs 10/10 Synth/percussion driven with great vocals and lyrics that go from humorous to wistful.

2. Victorious Cupid 10/10 The influence of Porcupine Tree is present on this song. The drumming reminds me of Gavin Harrison. The guitar parts suggest a healthy dose of Steven Wilson. All kept together with some great vocals.

3. (i)Keep Me Sane/Insane 10/10 A short but pleasant intro to....

4. (ii)Apogee and (iii)Requiem for the Lovers 10/10 Melody and power merge for a tour de force production.

5. Deus Ex Machina 10/10 Another synth/percussion driven song. I enjoy the Super Furry Animals-type synth melody lines. More Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson guitar-type riffing.

6. Bloodless 9/10 The slowed paced song on the album, very nice vocal work. I really think that a lot of people just take great vocal arrangements for granted not realizing all the work that goes into creating them let alone the talent to successfully sing them.

7. Disconnect 9/10 A humorous escapade dealing with being (what else?) disconnected. A warm and engaging tune.

8. The Gloaming 10/10 Probably closest in spirit to the songs on their first album, nice piano flourishes, beautiful vocals, the song morphs into various melodic passages that carry the listener along a great ride of musical expression.

9. AVO 10/10 Closing out the album with a dreamy and powerful summation of all that has been said. Love Conquers All...not always, but, sometimes.

PRR is a genre unto themselves. If you liked the first album you should like this.

I'm giving this a 5 star rating because what this album lacks in prog sensibility it more than makes up for in emotional honesty and warmth. Two things a lot of prog are sorely lacking.

Schizoid Man | 5/5 |

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