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3 stars (6/10)

This pairs the lead single from "Rapid Eye Movement" with a couple of neat extras. There are two versions of "02 Panic Room" available here. The first is what appears with the music video that was made for the song, so it is missing the coda at the end you can hear on the album ("I've tried to make self portraits before//but they always turn out so contrived...") which I miss.

The second version of "02 Panic Room" is the remix, which I'm not so keen on, for a couple of reasons. Firstly because they stripped away the main guitar line that I really enjoy about it, and secondly because of the loops and sampled whispering which leaves it feeling a bit too processed and electronic. Nice to hear a different side, but I think you should probably stick with the version on "Rapid Eye Movement".

Luckily the two new songs are quite fun. "Lucid Dream IV" provides a light little epilogue to the 3 previous Reality Dream instrumentals, starting with some upbeat synthesiser and moving though classic Riverside guitar solos and bass rhythms, as well as some heavier metallic riffing. "Back To The River" is pretty much a cameo of the main guitar part from Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" amongst Riverside's spacey framing. It's unsurprising that this music fits the band well, and Riverside manage to embellish it a bit whilst still being respectful to the original.

ScorchedFirth | 3/5 |


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