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Pure Reason Revolution is a British Rock group formed at Westminster University in 2003. Trying to fit PRR into a specific genre would be a difficult task, which is one of their attractive qualities. Space rock mingled with some modern-day rock, vocal harmonies and popish tunes together with heavy guitar riffs, catchy musical lines with more complex song structure. All of these exist in their music. As their official website states: "Their music incorporates elements of progressive rock and grunge rock, while its vocal harmonies are reminiscent of The Beach Boys. They have been variously described as 'Astral Folk' and 'New Prog'. Members have a shared appreciation for the work of bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and the Super Furry Animals".

The roots of the band stretch back over a decade to when Reading based friends Chloe Alper (23) and John Courtney (25) paths crossed while playing in a succession of teeneage bands. They were children of the grunge generation. At university Jon met Greg Jong (vocals and guitar) who was later replaced by Jamie Wilcox and keyboard player Jim Dobson. Together with Chloe and Jon's brother Andrew on drums, Pure Reason Revolution was born.
In April 2004 Poptones released their debut single Apprentice of the Universe through Alan McGee's Poptones label. A year later came The Bright Ambassadors of Morning, a more than 12 minutes epic, which received rave reviews. It was followed by Cautionary Tales for the Brave, a 30 minutes mini album, released in October 2005 on the band's own Holograph imprint, via SonyBMG. April 2006 sees the release of their full length album "The Dark Third", through New York based Nu-Haven Music, Via Columbia. It was produced by Paul Northfield (Rush, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Hole). According to Jon "it is a concept album that investigates the supposedly sharp boundary between dreaming & wakefulness.

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3.70 | 224 ratings
The Dark Third
2006
3.04 | 110 ratings
Amor Vincit Omnia
2009
3.20 | 55 ratings
Hammer And Anvil
2010

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3.91 | 13 ratings
Live At NEARfest 2007
2008

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Scala 09.12.10
2011

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2.72 | 4 ratings
Apprentice Of The Universe
2004
1.68 | 6 ratings
The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning
2005
2.52 | 8 ratings
The Intention Craft
2005
4.16 | 27 ratings
Cautionary Tales For The Brave
2005
4.00 | 5 ratings
In Aurélia
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Realm Of Divine
2006
2.70 | 10 ratings
Victorious Cupid
2007
2.09 | 4 ratings
Valour EP
2011

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 Amor Vincit Omnia by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.04 | 110 ratings

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Amor Vincit Omnia
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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2 stars Pure Reason Revolution's second album is a shallow attempt at mimicing the conventions of electro-rock, just as their debut album was a fairly shallow New Prog effort with a bunch of borrowed Pink Floyd motifs. I think the reason that it doesn't sit well with me - just as its predecessor eventually came to sit poorly with me after my initially enthusiastic reaction - is that there's a sense of insincerity about the whole thing. I don't feel that Pure Reason Revolution are really committed to this new direction of theirs any more than they were committed to their early Diet Floyd direction; I can't shake the impression that they're just adopting whatever musical style seems fashionably arty to them at the time. After this and their debut I have no idea where Pure Reason Revolution's heart is or what, if any, artistic vision they actually have.

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 The Dark Third by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 224 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars Some albums grow on you over time, despite not impressing you at first; Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third is an album which has shrunk on me. I quite enjoyed it when it first came out and considered it a highlight of the New Prog trend that was causing a number of highly original and novel acts to come out of the woodwork. Pure Reason Revolution's musical approach on this album seems to consist of working in sly Pink Floyd references to otherwise uninteresting and underdeveloped songs. The nadir of the album is probably the tedious and repetitive The Bright Ambassadors of Morning, on which Pure Reason Revolution reveal that their idea of "prog" is loudly repeating a distinctive snippet from the lyrics of Pink Floyd's Echoes over and over again until the listener is sick of it. A bit of a shambles, truth be told.

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 Valour EP by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
2.09 | 4 ratings

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Valour EP
Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars Pure Reason Revolution began to me as a wonderful band with The Dark Third (2006) album. It was a wonderful and marvellous discover. Such a great album.

I was expecting for a new album and when Amor Vincit Omnia (2009) came I was trully astonished by how the band changed and when Hammer And Anvil (2010) came I didn't even bother to listen to it.

Valour EP (2011) was the swan song of the band, an EP that was a collection of early tracks with a brand new track called 'Tempest. I was interested in this EP cause it was a 'pay whatever you want' one and the money was being given to War Child (warchild.org.uk) and The Royal British Legion (britishlegion.org.uk) so I bought it.

But really, some ok versions, and a very good track called 'Gaudete', but all in all, I don't see the point of this as the final release of the band. Sad.

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 The Dark Third by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by La_Utter_Classe

3 stars Considering the seemingly endless wave of lamentably unoriginal bands emanating from the UK, Pure Reason Revolution represent a musical salvation of sorts.

Here we have what many broadly pigeonhole as 'New Prog', yet PRR's influences noticeably branch out beyond Pink Floyd and other space rock luminaries. The band's masterfully arranged vocal harmonics draw perceptible inspiration from The Beach Boys; whilst their powerful use of the mellow verse/abrasive chorus dynamic is clearly influenced by the likes of Pixies and Nirvana.

On paper, this does appear to be a curious mix, however on 'The Dark Third', PRR have arranged their songs so meticulously, it's impossible not to be impressed by their ability to coalesce so many different styles with efficacy.

The most immediate songs here are 'Goshen's Remains', with its beautiful intertwining vocals and addictively spacey ambience. Then there's 'Bullitts Dominć', displaying the Pixies/Nirvana dynamics, whilst brilliantly imbuing them with a slightly précised incarnation of Prog pomp, as can be extrapolated from the song's title! The immediacy of these tracks is largely ascribable to their musically laconic nature, especially by Prog standards. Conversely, this also serves as their Achilles heel, as this lack of musical depth cripples tracks like 'Goshen's Remains' and 'Aeropause' with a lack of longevity, summarily rendering them drab and prosaic.

Contrastingly, some of the real gems here lurk inconspicuously upon initial listens. Personally, the 12-minute astral epic, 'The Bright Ambassadors of Morning' was originally underwhelming; however, with persistent listening, it has probably become my favourite PRR track. Similarly, 'He Tried to Show Them Magic! / Ambassadors Return', is another grower, but one that merits the effort.

Overall, there are one or two tracks which perhaps meander without a discernible purpose ('Voices in Winter / In the Realms of the Divine', for instance), however 'The Dark Third' is never completely laborious - there's always something to keep you interested. Some of the album's detractors have pointed to the band's lack of musical virtuosity, and this is accurate to a certain extent, though not necessarily a disappointment, especially as the song arrangements are generally very tight. In terms of musical proficiency, I'd place PRR closer to Hawkwind than Pink Floyd, though in terms of enjoyment, 'The Dark Third' is satisfyingly analogous to the latter, even if it struggles to muster the long-term viability Floyd albums seem to provide with contemptuous ease.

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 Amor Vincit Omnia by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.04 | 110 ratings

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Pure Reason Revolution Crossover Prog

Review by russellk
Prog Reviewer

2 stars PURE REASON REVOLUTION followed their space-rock debut with this synth-pop album. I can't call it a follow-up, for there really isn't that much in common with the debut apart from the vocal harmonies. They would go on to do this much better in their third album 'Hammer and Anvil', but the listenable moments here are few. The opener 'Les Malheurs' gets your attention but does nothing with a bold synth line, while 'Deus Ex Machina' promises a great deal but is spoiled by the vocal line. 'Disconnect' could be an OMD track (I was a big fan of early OMD, but this doesn't measure up to that). i have no objection to electronica - in fact I happen to believe that some of it is progressive in any sense of the word you want to use - but it needs to be good. This is not.

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 Hammer And Anvil by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.20 | 55 ratings

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Review by russellk
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3 stars PURE REASON REVOLUTION's third album will bring further disappointment to those looking for a continuance of their Floydish debut 'The Dark Third'. Instead, 'Hammer and Anvil' is an extension of the direction towards poppy electronica begun on their second album. But for those interested in prog-tinged electronica, as I am, this is an excellent record.

It is something of a concept album, dealing with the causes, effects and aftermath of war. Of particular merit are the vocals shared between John Courtney and Chloe Alper, conjuring an ethereal atmosphere jarringly (and deliberately) at odds with the power of their subject. I'm also particularly fond of the rhythm section, the bass making an important contribution to the way the tracks adhere to each other.

The outstanding moments are the first track, 'Fight Fire', with its blunt lyrics and shattering instrumentation, the outstanding 'Last Man, Last Round' and the 13-minute two-part track 'Blitzkrieg/Open Insurrection', the proggiest moment on the album. This is not an essential prog album, but it is an interesting amalgam of ideas four decades apart. Well worth a listen.

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 Hammer And Anvil by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.20 | 55 ratings

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Interesting album, without a doubt!

Pure Reason Revolution are a quite interesting British band, whose first full-length album received good criticism due to its great (multi-labeled) style that takes some elements of the old-prog-school, but combines them with their own and modern sound. Since I listened to "The Dark Third", I've been interested in this band, but unfortunately I was not that happy with their last year (2009) "Amor Vincit Omnia", however, now that they released a new album I was really eager to listen to it.

"Hammer and Anvil" features ten tracks and a total time of fifty-two minutes that I've really liked, despite the apathy of some prog lovers who were disappointed with their last album, and now pre-judge this one. This album opens with the powerful "Fight Fire with Fire" which was an excellent choice to begin. The drums and bass sound are especially great, and that accompanied by Chloe's vocals, will make you feel excited.

All of a sudden, "Black Mourning" appears with electronic elements, male vocals and a catchy but great sound. The piece gradually progresses though the rhythm is the same during the whole five minutes, the vocal game is excellent (they really know how to explode their best vocal qualities) and the music creates a cool atmosphere.

"Patriarch" is a softer track, the vocals sound calmer and gentler. The electronic element prevails but is less evident than in the previous song; the sound of keyboard adds a pretty nice atmosphere. The sound of this band sometimes can be compared to other alternative (no prog) bands, I do not agree completely, but in a certain way they do have some alt elements.

Seems that there is not really a continuity, I mean between each song there is a sudden change that make you say what?, because seems to be so different, however it is only in the beginning because later the songs share a similar style and you understand that there is a continuity actually. I said it because of "Last Man Round" first seconds confused me a little bit, but while the minutes run I understood what it is about. This is a cool track, with a heavier sound created by guitars and bass.

In "Valour" the electronic sound strongly reappears and gives that special sensation of a modern issue. Again, the vocal game is brilliant, and that along with the cool ups and downs on the song, make it pretty interesting. There is a post-rock like feeling in some parts, and a good ambient.

When the previous song softly fades out, again, all of a sudden the next track begins. "Over the Top" reminds me to Depeche Mode, I believe that would be evident for people who know them, because of the electronic sound and keyboards. The track is cool, but not my favorite without a doubt, actually, in moments I started to feel like "more of the same".

In "Never Divide" there is a point where despite I still enjoy it, I started to feel tired because as I said above, it is like more of the same, which does not mean is bad, not at all. The good thing comes later, because on "Blitzkrieg" an almost complete electronic, song appears. I said the good thing, because it is a healthy change to the album, though as an individual track, it is not what I would be proud about. The first three minutes are pure electronic (dance?) music, but later they suddenly stop it and a new structure appears, now with vocals and piano, creating a soft and tranquil sound, however, the last minute returns to the electronic format.

"Open Insurrection" is the longest composition here, and starts with a spacey sound with great effects, since the first seconds it captures you attention and slowly progresses until after two minutes drums appear. The name of Nine Inch Nails came to my head here, they might've been an influence, don't really know. The cool atmosphere prevails until minute four where a minor change appears along with vocals, then the music returns stronger and transmits that exciting feeling.

When it finishes, this time the change is not really evident, and "Armstice" appears. This is the last track of this album. A gentle track with a charming sound, not the best example of a progressive rock song, it actually sounds pretty poppy and catchy. Minutes later they add again those keyboard effects, but this time it is not enough. I like the album, but am not satisfied with this last song.

Listen to Hammer and Anvil, you will have a good time. I would give to it 3.5 stars if I could, but since I can't, I will give the extra half and round it to four.

Enjoy it!

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 Hammer And Anvil by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.20 | 55 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Hammer & Anvil' - Pure Reason Revolution (6/10)

Admittedly, a great deal of the progressive rock scene today passes me as ironically being 'retrogressive' in nature. Filled to the breaking point with ivory tower rhetoric and '70s derivative organ tones, it's a sorry state that far too many bands feel the need to express their forward-thinking attitude by sounding like bands that experienced their popular peak a good forty years ago. Luckily however, there are groups that take a modern approach to the concept of 'progressive rock;' pushing the envelope forward by giving an artistic perspective on more current styles. One such act is Britain's Pure Reason Revolution, a band that gives a decidedly intelligent approach to the shallow waters of synthpop and murky depths of alternative rock. With their third album 'Hammer & Anvil,' PRR may not have fashioned a truly excellent album, but it remains a very interesting take on the style that seems to be dominating the airwaves as of late.

'Hammer & Anvil' opens up with 'Fight Fire With Fire,' a infectious track built around the catchiness of its female-sung chorus. While Pure Reason Revolution certainly does a better job with their more introspective and mellow work ? true to the title ? 'Fight Fire With Fire' gives a fiery introduction to the music here. However, it doesn't necessarily reflect what the music here is all about. For the most part, the songs here are very ethereal, melodic and poppy tunes, sounding closely with some of Porcupine Tree's more accessible material save for the synth-heavy presence in the music. While this band are certainly able melody-makers, the tracks do ultimately feel as if they flow into each other, suggesting that there may not be enough variety here to warrant such a traditionally based style of songwriting. Towards the end of the album however (starting with the trance mix 'Blitzkrieg') is a two part track that begins sounding like it wouldn't be out of place in a Euro dance club, and ending with plenty of psychedelic effect and a near post-rock sense of building tension.

Finally, the album ends with 'Armistice,' which while risking feeling like an afterthought after such a drawn out composition, ends up being the best and most well-constructed track on the album. Sounding very much like Death Cab For Cutie or Danish pop-proggers Mew, the song represents everything Pure Reason Revolution got 'right' with this album; strong melodies , good vocal presentation and harmony, and great atmospherics to drive the music along. While I'm not completely convinced (as a result of the album's lack of consistency) by the work on 'Hammer & Anvil,' I would certainly recommend that anyone looking for a fresh sound in progressive rock music should look up the stylings of Pure Reason Revolution.

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 The Dark Third by PURE REASON REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 224 ratings

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Review by Sinusoid
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4 stars This album is a real treat. THE DARK THIRD might not be the most upbeat thing, but there's a certain charm to it. It kind of answers the question, ''What if Nirvana and Pink Floyd mated and gave birth?'' Add in some good production, a few trip-hop elements and Jon Anderson lyrical nonsense and you've essentially achieved Pure Reason Revolution.

The music at the beginning can be rather sedated. The two opening numbers plus the big epic in ''The Bright Ambassadors of Morning'' never really spike it on the volume, but all are delicately crafted pieces of alt/psych/prog. The heavier moments are more of my interests such as ''Nimbos and Tambos'', but all of those types of songs have more subdued, luscious moments like the volume contrasts between the verses and choruses of ''The Masters Apprentices''.

It's all fun prog n roll, but THE DARK THIRD gets old even before the album ends. ''He Tried to Show Them Magic'' suffers in quality simply because it lies at the end of the album, and I tend to suffer exhaustion at that point. Strange because the best track, ''The Intention Craft'' comes immediately before this and has the best of everything the album has to offer with a great, airy ending. It's a unique form of prog that will turn off any detractors of alternative rock or those that want more technical solo stuffs. This is purely melody and atmosphere driven, and it works well because of it.

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Review by ProgShine
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5 stars Listening this album again reminded me why I was so disappointed with PURE REASON REVOLUTION a couple of years later with their next albums.

The Dark Third shows a band that can build gorgeous vocal harmonies with hypnotic music in a Space Rock enviroment and that they could blend Alternative Rock and Progressive Rock with no difficult at all. This album is just fantastic, beginning to end, and makes me feel ecstasy and joy.

It was so frustrating to listen to their later albums Amor Vincit Omnia and Hammer and Anvil and their Pop/Electronic/Electro Rock approach. I guess they knew that as well and ended the band right after the last mentioned album.

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