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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

4.13 | 27 ratings

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4 stars This is a mini-album, though at 30 minutes long it's not far short of an average Gentle Giant release. Having picked up on the name - pure reason revolution is apparently a line in Floyd's Echoes - and the rave reviews they seem to be receiving, I just had to try it.

Money well spent; centrepiece of the (mini) album is "Bright Ambassadors of the Morning", a 12 minute track that blows me away. A real 5 star prog classic - different sections, great riffs, a great hook line with some wonderful harmonies built around it, atmospheric instrumental breaks, and an all over spacey sound -how many of those do you expect to discover in the '00's? Well I'm converted. Their music is clever without being smug, and there's a freshness about it - heck you can almost imagine it being liked by the critics. Which it seems it is - "Final proof that prog is no longer a four letter word" says the sticker on the CD box, the quote from - wait for it - NME.

The rest of the album is good too. "In Aurelia", a 4 minute, is rocky number. The remaining two tracks are each two-parters, in particular 3(II), "The Intention Craft" has a great melody that builds. The final track reprises "Ambassadors".

Great stuff. I consider myself a fairly stern critic so - because of the restricted length of the disc (I still paid what seemed like full price...?!), and the fact the other tracks don't quite match track 2, it's going to be 4 stars from me. I'm off to the shops to get their full album, "The Dark Third". Check this band out.

Phil | 4/5 |


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