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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Dolby
  • Label: ja
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 2 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening with interest to the releases from Ayreon over the past few years. With each subsequent album he has managed to diversify the sound and further hone his distinctive reputation as one of Europe's most prolific talents.

His last release - 'The Human Equation' had moments of brilliance (the contribution from Devin Townsend for example) that were sadly disturbed with pointless and repetitive instrumentally laden fillers. It wasn't a bad album by any means, however it lacked the flow and continuity of previous releases such as The Universal Migrator - which is a fantastic space-prog-rock experience. The Human Equation also suffered from some overly hammy vocals from James LaBrie.

Thankfully this latest release is much more refined and focused and manages successfully to deliver a solid and epic soundscape of ideas and emotions. The choice of guest musicians is inspired, notably the contribution of Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) fits the track perfectly, using his smooth melodic vocal range to full effect. Bob Catley belts out a ridiculously great performance and the female additions are particularly well executed.

As always with Ayreon, the lyrical content and themes need to be accepted for what they are. Sure, there will be moments when listening to this album where you may crack a smile or even laugh aloud...but that is what i LOVE about Ayreon! It really is an enjoyable romp of a listen which successfully manages to be a believale epic rock project while not taking itself too seriously.

The guitar work is exemplary and the general musical score is constantly engaging and dynamic. The opening 3 tracks are good indicators of the tone of the album as a whole.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. White on 31 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
WELL! I am a huge fan of power metal and the like, and when i got this after hearing some of the people that were singin on this i thought i was going to have some kind of avantasia like power metal feast. i was wrong and also dissappointed. But then i listened to it again and i realised just how brilliant this music is. This is barely metal: there is the occasional riff every now and again, but most of the time the guitar is buried underneath atmospheric keyboards: this is not a complaint, though: the keyboards here are phenomonal and just create, along with the production, such an epic feel that you truly wont believe what you are hearing.

The actual vocal and all around melodies on the album range from power/melodic metallish (Age of shadows) to slightly emo-tinged emotional almost psychedellic electronica (the stunning connect the dots)and hard rock (unnatural selection) though more often than not it is usually mid-paced melodic light vocals building up to a big chorus: HOWEVER, you cannot describe the myriad maze of styles represented in this album: there is simply to much going on here to accurately describe the sound, but if i were to sum it up in a few words id describe it as "Progressive Electronic Rock/Metal"...

My personal fave songs are AGE OF SHADOWS - 10/10 - which has an undeniably powerful chorus, and the composition of the track as a whole is pretty stunning: a maze of styles that really does fit and sounds brilliant at the same time: maybe the rockiest "heaviest" track on the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Red VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2008
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I've been a fan of Arjen A Lucassen since Electric Castle. His works just seem to get better and better. This is possibly the heaviest Ayreon CD to date, which isn't a bad thing. There are still plenty of hooks and melodies, more so than Human Equation I think. The opening track, Age of Shadows, just won't leave my brain - crunching rhythms, powerful chorus and some beautiful haunting melodies in the middle section.

I find the first CD 'Y' to be significantly better than the second 'Earth', where I think the music suffers at the expense of the narrative on a couple of tracks. This isn't too bad if you're following the story from the lyric book, which you really have to do if you want to distinguish between the performers. As usual for Ayreon, the chosen female singers in particular all sound very similar (but they are beautiful!) The listener doesn't have to follow the story however, so if you're not into comets, extinctions and DNA migration across the stars, don't worry!

Again there is brilliant use of traditional instruments - the strings and wind instruments don't take a back seat just because it's heavier and darker. There's also quite a lot of electronica, perhaps more than the other CDs. In places it sounds a lot like The Dream Sequencer (CD1 of Universal Migrator).

The bonus DVD is great and well worth the extra price, with a long documentary following the artists visiting and recording their pieces with Arjen. For those who've seen the Human Equation one, it is similar to that. There is also the animated video to Beneath the Waves on the DVD, and some tracks with Arjen's initial vocals in place of the guest performers.

Thankyou Arjen and all those involved with Ayreon, this is fantastic stuff and any music lover should appreciate it in some way.
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