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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

3.72 | 85 ratings

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4 stars Pure Reason Revolution -like many modern prog bands- are aware that it is very difficult to innovate formally (melodies, rhythmic structures, harmonies, etc.), therefore they decide to put a special emphasis on sound, textures and nuances. that they managed to create by superimposing the different instruments; that's where the 'progressive' comes from in this type of band.

If we start to analyze each of the instruments we will realize its formal simplicity. starting with the guitars that build the songs from small licks, and dense riffs -close to the heaviest porcupine tree- that give the impression of having been created from the same notes; easy bass lines and easily recognizable drum beats; and finally the pop harmonies and vocal lines reminiscent of the Beach Boys. All this adorned with electronic sounds and small keyboard appearances.

It is only when the band puts all these elements together, playing and experimenting with the different distortions, sound effects and other production elements, that we can witness their talent and creativity. The record would lose steam without the deep echoes of the drums or the different layers and tuning tones of the guitars. In addition to the interesting harmonic games of the masculine-feminine voices that, on the other hand, fulfill the melodic function in the disc and therefore of greater identification.

Interesting proposal from a band that seeks to experiment and extend certain limits while still sounding pop and accessible. They will certainly have to be tracked down.

JohnProg | 4/5 |


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