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The Dark Third

Pure Reason Revolution Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voices In Winter
2. In The Realms Of The Divine
3. The Twyncyn
4. Trembling Willows
5. He Tried To Show Them Magic
6. Ambassadors Return
7. Aeropause
8. Goshens Remains
9. Apprentice Of The Universe
10. The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning
11. The Exact Colour
12. Voices In Winter/In The Realms Of The Divine
13. Bullitts Dominae
14. The Twyncyn/Trembling Willows
15. He Tried To Show Them Magic / Ambassadors Return

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The debut album from London’s Pure Reason Revolution, The Dark Third suggests that progressive rock, long-treated as a pariah in self-respecting musical circles, is no longer afraid to speak its name. Boasting a name inspired by Kantian philosophy, a number of songs in two distinct ‘movements’, and a flagship single – the mighty "The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning" – that clocks in at twelve minutes in length, here is a band unafraid to untether the unicorns of ambition and let them gallop free. This is not always a wise idea. Without the sheer, dazzling proficiency of Yes or the hulking heaviness of King Crimson, affairs occasionally get bogged down in a mire of sub-Sigur Ros atmospherics that drift along with little discernable purpose. There are, however, a number of saving graces: the Beach Boys-inspired vocal interplay of John Courtney and Chloe Alper, voices coalescing in lullaby-like harmonies; or an occasional, sparking heaviness that manifests most clearly on the tricksy, hard-riffing climax to ‘The Twyncyn/Trembling Willows’. An epic undertaking, and sometimes it feels that way, but fans of new-wave proggers like Mew or Muse ought to be up to the challenge. --Louis Pattison

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new band/album in years 28 Jun 2006
By Lee Dee
Format:Audio CD
I bought it because of a review in a sunday paper giving it 1 star out of 5 and the statement, "pure prog madness". The standard reviewer likes good short snappy 3 minute rock/punk songs - and this doesn't deliver that. So I thought it must be alright!

This is more ambitious, exciting and fresh than anything I have heard in a long time now. This is a world away from the bland music that tends to permeate the charts at the moment.

Be brave and give it a go . . . but . . .

The thing is, I think you will either love it or hate it - there isn't much middle-ground here. So if you love chart music, you probably won't like this. However, if you like rock and have a secret admiration for prog (Yes, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Flaming Lips, Secret Machines etc.) or rock with a prog tendency (Queen, Led Zep, Radiohead, Muse, Porcupine Tree), then there is every chance you'll love it. This band doesn't really sound like any of them though - it is quite new.

Each song is solid and exciting in its own way - and they all fit togther to make a consitently good album - no two songs are the same, or similar, and there are no tracks that you want to skip. I have listened to it every day since I bought it back in April and am not growing tired of it.

I really hope this band keep going and keep growing. There aren't many albums that I really love - but this is definitely one of them - and I hope there are more in the pipeline . . .
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There does seem to be a definite upsurge in interest in prog rock. Not the usual smug battering the genre usually gets, but something more positive and acceptable is abound. With the likes of The Mars Volta, Porcupine Tree, Coheed and Cambria and Oceansize all getting attention in the mainstream rock press, bands are clearly embracing the likes of Rush, Yes, King Crimson and Pink Floyd with relish. Latest new kids on the block are Pure Reason Revolution from London. This, their debut full length album is full of youthful energy and clearly a band for the future. These guys love harmonies and they are in abundance all over this album. "Bullitts Dominae" is a perfect example. Gorgeous melody and ecstatic chorus propel this song into the stratosphere. The lengthy, "The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning" also has some beautifully arranged vocals spread out over its 12 minutes with most of the vocal duties carried out by guitarist John Courtney and bassist Chloe Alper throughout. Both work wonderfully together. Opener "Aeropause" is a spacey instrumental in the best Floyd tradition with lots of typical Gilmour slide guitar. It's a slight pity that a few of the tracks here date from their previous mini-album "Cautionary Tales From The Brave", but as a finished work this album gels nicely as a cohesive whole.

This is a very assured debut from a very promising young band, whether you embrace prog rock or not. This is fresh and exciting rock music and this band should gain the recognition which "The Dark Third" indicates they truly deserve.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seamless and wonderful 14 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Pure Reason Revolution can not really be described by comparisons or genre. They are prog, but are not bound by prog. In the Dark Third, their first full-length outing, they conclusively prove this. Fleeting through many styles but with an overall coherence this album becomes what you want it to be. You can listen intently for the beautiful harmonies and sounds and driving riffs, with each listen revealing more depth, or just drift and let the songs run into each other for an hour of wakeful dreaming.

So... PRR are basically the antithesis of Arctic Monkeys. Enjoy!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wait...it's 5 stars for a reason 6 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
there are few artists that deserve the full 5 stars, even though even seems to give their favourite band 'top marks' regardless of how good an album/single is.
the first time i heard PRR's music, was at a live show - they were supporting oceansize (a worthy act to play with the 'size, i thought) and i believe that is where their real talent shows.
between songs there was always some sort of "background noise" making their entire set seamless. and not a word was uttered except a quiet, "thank you" at the end.
4 part harmonies are what strikes the listen most on the first listen, and the way everything seems to just flow together.
this band cannot be musically compared to anyone specifically, but influences could be drawn, perhaps, from Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and/or Rage Against The Machine. perhaps, i say.
the music is progressive, melodic and driving. it changes moods, yet flows brilliantly. I have not a copy of their album, but heard all the songs at their gig. i have purchased other releases which, though fantastic, did not totally capture the live sound that i have experienced of them. so if there is one thing i can think of to criticize, it would be that.
however, don't let that put you off - they are a trully talented 5 piece, who can do magic with sounds.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bright Ambassadors of More Things To Come 13 April 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Perhaps it was just because Pure Reason Revolution's debut single 'Apprentice of the Universe' was released on Alan McGee's achingly cool Poptones label but whatever it was, the UK music press fell over itself to praise the ambition and achievement of a band with progressive leanings. The launch of the album 'The Dark Third' fared not as well (though there were still many loudly in favour). Could it really have been the move to a different label? It's difficult to work out how the elements so lauded on the single could become the subject of so many hackneyed observations from some of those previously adulatory organs when found on the album, particularly when they are as well employed as this.

PRR aren't scared of their progressive side. If they were they wouldn't have written a conceptually-linked album of multipart, segued songs about dreaming. Neither, however, are they scared to write short pop songs which feature gnarly riffs straight out of the grunge era, nifty keyboard tricks from the cooler neighbourhoods of dance, dub-inspired bass lines, and multi-part harmonies that recall 60s west coast pop. The result is an album that has a great sense of swooping drama that takes the listener through the veil of sleep into the land of Morpheus and eventually out the other side as a triumphant dawn breaks. The ear is constantly engaged and enthralled by the inventive melodies that weave through the album and insistent musical and lyrical themes add to the thrill of the journey.

For a debut album, the scope and ambition are breathtaking. That Pure Reason Revolution manage to achieve a result that fulfils that vision suggests this is a band whose future is writ large.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolution ..prog style
This was recommended to me as a good example of new prog-rock but in fact it's really a 'great' example and suggested this band could have been huge in proggy circles but based on... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars diferent
to me this album when I first heard it caused me a pleasant surprise while since I already supposed to be one of the best albums of the year at the level of progressive music.
Published 21 months ago by Jose Alberto Gil Toral
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough
While this review may be the product of a caffeine high and some spare time at 11:43 at night, it doesn't mean that this review is going to be completely bonkers (well, actually it... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Jiamengial
4.0 out of 5 stars New name on the scene
Not come across these folks until last.fm suggested I might like them, based on my other prog rock listening, and like them I did - they are indeed one of the 'finds' of recent... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by D. Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Absurd Lyrics But Great Album!
I have never been a fan of 'prog-rock'. And I suppose you could label this album with the label.But it is better than that. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Pj Beirne
2.0 out of 5 stars A great alternative to Pink Floyd
As my review title suggests, this album is actually made by fans of Pink Floyd, however they are not a tribute band, quite the opposite in fact. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2010 by M. Paynter
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately like this!
In response to "herbie handcock 'Herb'", if a nerd with Cubase makes this kind of music (i'm thinking of the 17 year old behind Khonnor - check him out!) then so be it. Read more
Published on 14 May 2009 by Chris Long
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Third = Masterpiece
This is an amazing album in a very modern style. It may be in the prog-rock genre, but they do so much more with it. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by T. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic and eclectic
My first encounter with PRR was the 12 minute single 'The Bright Ambassadors of Morning' - an excellent track, which unfortunately, seems to have appeared on every subsequent... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by Baggiesfaninessex
1.0 out of 5 stars sounds like it was recorded in a broom cupboard.....
it sucks, and very amateurishly too. Your average nerd with Cubase could do just as well
Published on 1 Sep 2007 by herbie handcock
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