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I have to admit : I'm terribly addicted to this album. In a year which, in my opinion, is the best prog year of recent times, Ayreon gained its place in the heart with me with their most bold new work , " The Theory of Everything " . I confess that no other album released in 2013 had so many listens mine. Because both spent time without a computer and I could not hear new material from other bands and because , as I said , I was hooked. Since I had only heard two albums Arjen until then, Into the Electric Castle and The Human Equation , I'm happy that my opinions are inclined more to the second than the first .

Due to the division of music I like to think of it as a kind of modern Tales From Topographic Oceans . Yes , I know the setlist of 42 songs was released ( Douglas Adams is proud of that reference) , but they are grouped into four epics just over 20 minutes each . So I prefer songs that are 4 instead of 42 . And anyway , these short songs are intertwined such that you can not think of them as separate songs , but as something greater . And try as he heard one of them ( or even just listen to one of the epics ) , and just can not hear the whole album.

This is one of the points that differentiate The Theory of Everything from the rest of the discography Ayreon, the other being the letters. Aside from The Human Equation, no other album had a lyrical content that fled to science fiction. I will not go into details about the album concept, as other reviewers have already done this role more effectively here, but I can say that I heed not so much a concept as this. My English is not good, my knowledge of this language is sparse, but repeated listens have made me realize several points in history, especially the father and son's relationship.

Good, but beyond these differences, how are the similarities? TTE has everything you've ever heard an album Ayreon: exuberant musicianship, diverse influences and sounds, vocalists and guests very reputed and quality instrumentalists. About vocalists, I knew no further than John Wetton, but by God, they were the best vocals I've ever heard in my life! There is no weak, absolutely no. Each singer has his moment, as well as several duets representing the "dialogues" of history. I am appalled at all these singers, and compelled to hear his bands!

What about the musicians ... let me say just a few names for you: Keith Emerson, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett. Some of the supreme deities of prog in one single album. My friend, listen to the Keith Emerson and Jordan Rudess's on Progressive Waves and understand why I say this is the wet dream of every progger and prog moment of 2013! Just phenomenal. That, and of course a lot of Hammond that will let anyone entranced and string instruments and blow. Oh, and a round of applause pro drummer Ed Warby please, it really has an amazing and diverse art and having done earned participation in every album project.

13/10. (Another) masterpiece of 2013!

voliveira | 5/5 |


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