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3 stars SAIL AWAY TO AVALON is the first EP released by Ayreon. It contains 4 tracks with a total length of 15 min.

1. Sail Away to Avalon is from the debut album 'The Final Experiment' but a bit shorter here. It starts with synth then guitars come in. I like the harpsichord inclusion, it adds to the feel of the song, nice female vocals here and there. The flute in quieter moments is a good touch. Everything ends with a sound of water waves. (7/10)

2. Charm of the Seer is also shorter than the original version. Very theatrical performance on the vocal part. Some interesting guitar motifs and admirable melodic accompaniment by female vocals till the end of the track. (7/10)

3. Nature's Dance is a demo. Starts (and finishes) with the sound of wind, unlike the original, which begins with bird chirping. The song is very relaxing and pleasant due to the acoustic part.(6,5/10)

4. Eyes of Time contains synth melodies full of eastern feel and the most emotional vocal performance on here. An intetesting guitar solo before 3rd minute. A nice way to end the EP. (7,5/10)

This single showcases some moments from Ayreon's first release (a selection of good songs, if you ask me). As I expected, it did not showcase the full concept behind 'The Final Experiment'. Do I consider this essential? Not really... That is why I give it 3 stars (although 3.5 would be more accurate) based on the overall experience.

sepia_blob | 3/5 |


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