8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
gets better the more you hear it,
This review is from: The Human Equation (Standard Version) (Audio CD)
My first intro to Ayreon was Space Metal stumbling on his name via Dream Theater. That album was spot the sci fi film reference, this is spot the musical influence , nothing wrong in that but maybe just too many.This more "operatic" than Space Metal or Migrator and the overall sound and production are superb.The usual quality guest vocalists and musicians are present with Labrie as the person in a coma and the whole album takes you through his emotions and those of his friend and wife.
There are Floydian guitar and synth solos (reference to 'on the run'from Dark Side Of The Moon, Jethro Tull's choppy flute style
and i'm sure a little Camel and Wishbone Ash dual guitar.
Ayreon's playing is even better and is a master at atmospherics.
My only complaint with him is that he doesn't seem to recognise the piano as a part of prog rock .Too much Hammond and synth for my liking but that is personal.'Loser' one the last tracks is musically confusing with didgeridoos starting off and going into Irish folk rock ,At first I thought it was Gary moore's Over the Hills And Far Away but it wasn't.This is an album for listening to and not background music.The bonus(?) track is a Led Zep cover they must have had some spare studio time left but could have come up with something better.
This album will not be to everyone's taste as it is a little over blown at times although not so much as Spock's 'Snow'
and without the reprise(track one repeat).
An impressive album but not quite 5 stars