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Cautionary Tales for the Brave


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK
  • ASIN: 5558599413
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
CDs usually come in "jewel cases" but rarely do those cases contain jewels as bright as "Cautionary Tales for the Brave".
Here we are witnessing the return of the music genre that dare not speak its name: progressive rock. Once it was a revered and world-conquering genre led by giants like Yes and Pink Floyd. Among other things they were inspired by the barrier-pushing explorations of artists like the Beatles and the Who, the possibilities offered by new instruments such as the synthesiser, and the more sophisticated recording facilities becoming available in the late sixties. It may be unfashionable to say so but a lot of the resulting music was very good. By the mid-seventies though, many (not all) prog rock bands had become too remote and self-absorbed. The back to basics movement of punk rendered them uncool if not necessarily unpopular. So prog returned from whence it came: underground.
But now another wave of bands is coming. A wave of bands producing grander, more ornate sounds than we've heard in quite a while. And riding the crest of that wave is Pure Reason Revolution. This mini-album, clocking in at a little under thirty minutes, introduces us to a band intent on creating richly varied and multi-layered music that is opulent and immediate. "Cautionary Tales..." is brimming with magical melodies, seductive vocal harmonies and agile guitars. Embellished in true prog fashion by voluptuous keyboards and anchored by rock-solid drums. It features the epic "Bright Amabassadors of Morning" and other songs that are shorter but no less exotic. The effect is reminiscent of Yes especially in their seventies heyday, not least in the welcoming, embracing atmosphere they create.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Groove74 on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
So many times, reviews contain such words as 'indescribable', 'hugely exciting', 'like-nothing-you've-heard-before', 'defying all labels', 'mesmerising', 'enchanting', 'shockingly original', or 'a breath of fresh air on a jaded music scene'.
But for once you couldhonestly apply all of these accolades and many more to 'PRR' and you'd still not quite get the complete pciture of just how refreshingly different and original these guys (and one gal!) are.
Yes there are four part harmonies very reminiscent of the Beach Boys and yes the 13 minute epic swirls of guitar, strings and synth are very Floyd-esque, but present too are huge grunge guitar riffs and driving bass lines that keep the sound bang up to date. Obviously hugely musically accomplished - this band is just so darned tight! The songs are multi-layered enough that there are parts you'll instantly love and other threads that you'll only start to discover 15 or 20 listenings in...
DO buy the album - it'll be stuck in your car CD player or as a favourite playlist in your 'pod for months if not years to come.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well I didn't really know what it was. Anyway, PRR are it and they're great. This mini-album, a prelude to 2006's The Dark Third, is a fine debut, full of soaring harmonies, rip-roaring guitars and well crafted synthesized sounds. The 12 minute epic 'The Bright Ambassadors of Morning' is a majestic masterpiece that takes you everywhere, while 'The Intention Craft' is great rock tune that you'll just want to listen to again and again. If they keep this standard up, their first full length album will be worth a listen or million.
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