Cautionary Tales for the Brave
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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.
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.Read more ›
The sound on this mini-album is unique and beautiful. Its breathtaking and the best track has to be Bright AMbassadors of Morning. Its exactly the kind of rock I enjoy listening to- bright, refressingly original and almost psychedelic. Its the best of prog rock.
I reckon this band is gonna be huge. I would recommend this album to anyone who thinks theres more to music than coldplay and Keane.
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can't quite put my finger on why a band, with clearly some songwriting talent, would release an album like this. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2009 by Schpleeb
if you want a piece of music that can both calm you down and make you want to jump around on your sofa then you have found it. Read morePublished on 13 May 2006 by Miss Clumsy