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3.73 | 152 ratings

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3 stars It's a bit of a warmup for what echolyn would accomplish on their next two LPs, but the debut shows a lot of the band's promise from the start.

Compositionally, the band hadn't quite found its voice, as some of the songs seem a little bit too "generic" pop rock. Lyrically speaking, there is a great deal of youthful optimism/naivete. Although the vocals are occasionally not so strong, the band's instrumental chops are all there, and at times they create very beautiful moments, such as the (too) brief acoustic section with string accompaniment about 30 seconds into "The Fountainhead." That single passage made me want to buy the album.

Tracks like "The Great Men" and "Carpe Diem" showed hints of the band's emerging style. "Shades" is the standout piece, as it successfully conveys an arc of powerful emotion and drama over it's nearly 12 minutes.

I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for most progressive rock fans, but it is still an overall enjoyable, if not always innovative, listen. I'd recommend it to someone who is just starting to delve more seriously into progressive rock, as I was when I first heard it.

JP312 | 3/5 |


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