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THE DARK THIRD

Pure Reason Revolution

 

Crossover Prog

3.74 | 249 ratings

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Schizoid Man
5 stars "The Dark Third" is one of the best albums of 2006.

Sublime melodies and vocals. Extremely well crafted and played music from beginning to end. I have not heard group vocals of this quality since The Beatles/Beach Boy/Yes recordings of the sixties and seventies.

1. Aeropause - A perfect instrumental with a nod to Pink Floyd. A medium tempo rhythm lays the foundation for some smooth slide guitar and synth playing. The track segues into...

2. Goshen's Remains - Chloe Alper's voice is one of PRR's most potent and likeable assets and is displayed here. The song changes gears subtly and effectively building to peaks and then laying back into a quieter space.

3. Apprentice of the Universe - Great melodies, vocals and playing.

4. The Bright Ambassadors of Morning - Begins with a slow rhythm with those wonderful group harmonies adding the perfect atmosphere. Think Fripp-type soundscapes but in the context of an organized song. As the song progresses through it's almost 12 minute length various melodies appear and fade away and return again.

5. The Exact Colour - This would be my choice for a single. One of the best songs I've ever heard in my life. Starting with a few piano notes which change to a soft melody as the drums lay down a supporting foundation, the vocals appear and when the chorus hits you realize you've been transported to Nirvana, at least for the length of this song. That's how good it is.

6. Voices in Winter/In the Realms of the Divine - This song coupling carries the listener gently at times, letting a mild tension build which builds to a release brought on by some great riffing.

7. Bullits Dominae - Great song. Great vocals. Great riffing. Which leads the listener to...

8. The Twyncyn/Trembling Willows - Another tour-de-force of melody, playing and singing. Carries the listener to various states of goose bumps.

9. He Tried to Show Them Magic/Ambassadors Return - This is the song sequence that concludes the album. Iit's a mixture of complex vocals and strong riffing that leads to a satisfying ending.

Please note this review is of the original UK release. The USA release track listing is as follows:

1. Aeropause 2. Goshen's Remains 3. Apprentice Of The Universe 4. The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning 5. Nimos & Tambos 6. Voices In Winter / In The Realms Of The Divine 7. Bullits Dominae 8. Arrival / The Intention Craft 9. He Tried To Show The Magic / Ambassadors Return

I have yet to pick up the USA release so I can't comment on the different songs chosen.

Schizoid Man | 5/5 |

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