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4 stars A fine album featuring some of Ayreon's best song writing and playing to date, but-- despite the raving reviews-- is not perfect. However, the complaints I have are few compared to the album's highlights, which outshine previous works.

Arjen elevates his song writing ability, composing many songs here that are very memorable and fine show cases for his instrumentalist's talent; however, I think that the vocalists steal the show on this one, probably because "Human Equation" features more star-power than ever before, and a better mix than on previous albums. However, the need for the lyrics to double as narrative do sometimes get in the way of enjoying certain songs, and since the exposition/story telling is often times explicit, it makes for a few boring lulls in between the otherwise dynamic songs. Moreover, the second CD does not make for a satisfying conclusion when compared to side 1; it's bogged down by too much narrative.

As far as vocals go, LaBrie does a fine job carrying the lead, but the big surprise is Marcel Bovio, whose strong feminine voice adds a broader spectrum of melody and chorus to Ayreon's music. For my own part, Townsend and Akerfelt deliver the most memorable performance in "Loser"; their sudden scream/growl duet always puts a smile on my face.

To sum up, "Human Equation" is certainly one of Ayreon's finest, and will likely hook first time listeners as well as dedicated fans. Satisfying and fun to listen to.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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