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CAUTIONARY TALES FOR THE BRAVE

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

4.15 | 27 ratings

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avestin
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4 stars This might appear at first listen to be another alternative rock band. But you'd be wrong to assume so. This band does more than merely creating another variant of rock music. They start there and expand their sound, adding to their music more depths and more elements taken from places you would not have thought were an option. A song like "In Aurelia" may have the basic rock structure and sound but here comes in one feature that makes PRR special - their use of vocal harmonies that sound cold and calculated, cleanly produced. They use their vocals as an additional instrument that adds much more to the music, creating haunting melodies with it. This song shows their "fun" side. A side in which they create music everyone can enjoy and at the same time be more than just simple rock music, since it contains more musical layers than others in the field. "In Aurelia" represents one side of the band and "The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning" represent their other side. It is a more outright progressive song, with several parts to it, shifting between them, with a great chorus part. The song keeps on developing, but gives every part of the appropriate time for us to appreciate it. Here you hear their space rock influences, demonstrated by their use of electronic sounds, longer guitar riffs and drumming sequences that give the music its spacey atmosphere. As in the rest of the album the vocals play here a most important part. The music is not complex or sophisticated, but when you consider it in its entirety, you realize it is music that strives to higher levels, trying to reach a more developed form of music, aspiring to explore the musical ideas they have in full, and not just present them blatantly as other modern rock groups. Even in "Arrival" and on "The Intention Craft" which are fused together, you have a seemly simple tune but the arrangement of this song makes it more than your average rock song. They develop it by introducing electronic sounds, using their vocals intelligently, building the song such that it has not a regular song structure and in the end it flows elegantly into a finale that differs from the main theme. The vocals are one of the highlights here as they constitute an additional instrument when used as a choir. The lead vocals are good as well as they introduce the duo female and male vocals that intertwine very good together.

This mini album has very catchy music, but it is neither simple nor redundant. It shows a band can create accessible music that can have in it progressive movements, making it more than just rock music. Therefore I find this album enjoyable and satisfying. It makes a good listening experience. I kept on hearing it in my head long after finishing listening to it, since it is so catchy. A light and fresh modern look on progressive rock. I think it is worthy of inclusion on a progressive music collection.

avestin | 4/5 |

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