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4 stars

3.9 stars Poland doing prog?? Wow, what a surprise. I'm happy that this prog album is very strong and is involved with Insideout Records. Wonderful album ... It Reaches the level of musical brilliance of the successful prog band "Porcupine Tree". I am making comparisons as this album is very derivative of other prog bands. The songs may make you think of Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Soft Opeth, Tool, and especially Porcupine Tree. Even if derivative, there are many things to love in this album. The sound quality is excellent, there is a lot of coherence, the musicianship is strong, and the songwriting is more than competent. All the music in this disc is strong and no tracks should be skipped as this is a concept album. The opener is a long space-rock trip with great atmospheres and layers and layers of sound! After the ambient intro, a cool bass line kicks in and the proper song starts. You'll realize that the guitar player is very talented, and the vocalist sounds almost like Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). Out of Myself is an effective rocker featuring another nice bass line. I Believe is an effective ballad with vocal harmonies that sound like they come from Porcupine Tree. Next song is the 1st part of Reality Dream ... a trio of instrumentals where the 3rd lies in their second album. The first part has a lot to offer and provides some synthesizers. A rocker with many tempo changes and yet another catchy bass line. Loose Heart is another ballad, but stronger than "I Believe" as the melodies are better, and it's much more interesting musically too. Reality Dream Pt2 comes again and blows you away with great musicianship and countless layers of atmospheric sounds. This instrumental is in my opinion the stronger of the two in this album. In Two Minds sounds like a Porcupine tree clone with the vocalist sounding a bit similar to Coldplay's singer at times. Not bad at all, but probably the least interesting track here. The Curtain Falls is both laidback and metal-like. An outstanding song that doesn't try to emulate another band. Definitively one of the highlights. OK is a mellow closer that finishes the album in a sad note. An excellent debut from an excellent band. Their next album is overall better done in every way and managed to be in the top 20 albums of the whole progressive rock genre. If you love Porcupine Tree (Especially Sky Moves Sideways and Deadwing), Im sure you'll find a lot to like about this album. Beautiful, but not very original. Highlights: Loose Heart, Reality Dream II, The Curtain Falls Let Downs: N/A My Grade : B

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