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Pure Reason Revolution


Crossover Prog

3.75 | 273 ratings

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3 stars Even though this album seems to draw in a lot of hype, I really only find it to be an average record.

If you look through the reviews on this site, you'll see two names very frequently: Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree. While I hate to namedrop in a review, there is no denying the truth here. This album sounds like something written to sound like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree. I also find the music rather reminiscent of Riverside, though that is less obvious as an inspiration. But if you really like all of those bands, chances are you'll enjoy this one, too.

Pure Reason Revolution toys with a lot of psychedelic feel, as seen in the opening track Aeropause, but throughout most of the album, we have progressive rock with thick keyboards, a few long songs, some moments of exciting, fast-paced music, some slow bits, and some odd noises thrown in there. The lyrics (those not based off Pink Floyd lyrics) contain the usual prog rock sort of high-handed pretense, though I am not at all against that sort of thing. The production sounds pretty nice, I must admit, and some of the keyboard samples really do cut it as far as keyboard samples go.

The vocals, both the male and the female, are somewhere at par or above. The real upside to this band--in truth the reason I enjoy them very much at all--is the quality of the vocal harmonies. Taking a page from Porcupine Tree, Pure Reason Revolution combines mildly progressive rock with a wall of voices. This is the band's true strength, and the reason that while I do not consider them a great band, I recommend that you check out some of their stuff. The melodies themselves aren't bad, either.

In all, fun, but not very special.

LiquidEternity | 3/5 |


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