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Marty McFly
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4 stars So here I am, giving you review on request of this album. It's basically comprised of two parts, one is full of songs from albums and second part are alternate takes on different songs (but from albums nevertheless).

I'll be brief with first one, "Best of" type collection, these 74 minutes of better songs. Because I have reviewed most of them (and those I haven't reviewed yet I will review soon), let's head to proper studio albums for detailed info. But I have to say that they are mostly good. Yeah, it's chillout listening, maybe sometimes not so Prog (as this site likes Prog, I feel needed to mention this), but because it flows easily, I like RPWL's music in general and also because this is well balanced compilation, I'm satisfied. But the important thing here is second "half" (more like second 3/7 which makes strange paradox because it makes the rest, these 4/7 "first" and as such it doesn't makes much sense).

I found myself few times being so caught in the music flow that I was just listening and imagining landscapes and sceneries (sceneries are OK, but beware of landscapes, they can be sinister and deadly), including song Wasted Land

58 minutes long second "side" is more interesting (at least for me). These songs are often lengthened and radically different. This helps to create unique "from band" package that offers basically the same, but in general very different. For example the transition of Trying to Kiss the Sun is so big that it makes Rock songs into string harmony experience. However, not all songs are so good, some parts that forms World Through My Eyes could have been shorter as this and some other songs simply aren't my cup of tea. Or aren't good, but who knows, even I'm not sure here.

The important thing is that if you're a fan of RPWL, you will probably like these alternative mixes. If you are someone new to this music, you will find average music. Mostly.

4(-), ten years are ten years, that's something.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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