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3.21 | 258 ratings

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3 stars I have heard this album from one of my favourite prog artists a number of times but can't for the life of me remember a single song. I remember I enjoyed the album while it played but there are no songs that stand out at all, and it will be some time before Ayreon becomes a dominant force recruiting varied singers from their respective bands to enhance the music. Arjen decided to revisit the album to remix it to a better standard. For me, in any form, this early album was a substandard affair, enjoyable but nothing as innovative or creative as Ayreon would become in later years. I would definitely not begin the Ayreon journey with this album if you are new to the band, rather start with some of the awesome experiences of 'The Human Equation' or 'Into The Electric Castle'. 'Actual Fantasy' will work better as a bonus addition to these albums. I found it a bit of an empty experience but still give it 3 stars as the music is always a delight, with Arjen excellent on guitars.
AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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