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EUPNEA

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

4.02 | 194 ratings

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Tasartir
4 stars They're back and they're better than they have been since their debut!

The first time I ever heard about Pure Reason Revolution was when I saw them open for Porcupine Tree in Barcelona. You could say that it was love at first sight: the Floydian ambience, the pop hooks and the killer riffs made me look them up and buy their first album, The Dark Third, as soon as I got home. Although I liked their second album, I wasn't into their third at all.

I was so excited to hear they were coming back and had decided to go back to their roots and produce an album that was more in line with their debut. Let me tell you, Eupnea did not disappoint me in the least.

Eupnea has everything I like about PRR and the band has progressed in the right direction. The Floydian atmospheres are back, the riffs and breakdowns are back, the vocal melodies are back, the beats are back (these never went away, but they're more balanced with the prog on show here), but they've also added a level of maturity to each track that isn't apparent in their previous releases.

Eupnea has long tracks with careful texturing and intricate structures, and it also has shorter tracks that go by in a jiffy. Perhaps knowing their fanbase, the band released on of the longest tracks on the album first, letting their fans know they were going back to their roots but pushing their sound too. It's also, at 47 minutes, a shorter album, which is great for those of us that prefer bite-sized chunks.

This album is not a masterpiece, that's why I'm not giving it 5 stars. However, it's a great album and I can't wait to hear what PRR gets up to next. If you liked The Dark Third or Amor Vincit Omnia, you'll feel right at home with this album. If you like Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Tool, Anathema or Gazpacho, definitely give PRR a chance.

Tasartir | 4/5 |

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