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5 stars I spent almost my whole weekend with this album, a special package with the behind- the-scene DVD bonus my friend Gatot lent me, and I have to admit that this is another magnificent epic progressive rock opera from Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. This is even better. Not only there is a plethora of music styles and a vast array of lead singers and musicians incorporated and participated here, but it also tells an interesting, close-to-reality story -- it follows the internal struggle of Me after a serious car accident that leaves him in a coma.

If it sounds so ambitious, well, indeed it is, only Lucassen successfully made it a stunningly satisfying effort. His capability in concerting such a huge project, with massive coordination challenges, is admirable.

In this double album Lucassen put twenty solid tracks, each of which represents the twenty days Me (Dream Theater's James LaBrie at his best) is in the coma -- with his experience in a strange realm. Supported by drummer Ed Warby and varying guest musicians including Uriah Heep's Ken Hensley on Hammond organ and IQ's Martin Orford on keyboards, he consistently and perfectly delivered a tight, balanced musical adventure. He wove progressive rock, progressive metal, neo-prog, folk, space and classical elements into the softer and harsher (emotionally) moments. In doing so, he still managed to keep himself on track with the original songs.

With so many great melodies as well as touchingly and movingly wonderful moments, though mostly revealed only with more than one listen, this album will guarantee a rewarding experience. It's a must-have for any progressive rock lover.

kunangkunangku | 5/5 |


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