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4.13 | 329 ratings

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4 stars I don't know why, but I always wan't to pronounce this "Meh!" I know, that would indicate that this is not such a great album, which is not true, but I can't resist a good pun.

This ambitious album is made up of just one track, Mei, which clocks in at just under fifty minutes. As an epic, at times this piece succeeds, although at times it also seems to meander around between movements, both musically and lyrically.

The lyrics appear to be describing poetically a car trip through America. Since this was released not very long after 9/11, but before a corrupt administration misguided the country into a war for personal enrichment and vendettas, the lyrics eventually turn to a section reflecting both the national unity and jingoism that were prevalent at the time.

Musically, the piece winds it's way through many different themes, both simple and complex. The usual Gentle Giant references can be heard, mostly in the keyboards, and the vocals are as lush as any Echolyn composition.

But after a while, the length of this song can just make it tedious. But then, the same can happen on a long car ride.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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