- Audio CD (8 April 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B000EXZHAG
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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The debut album from Londons 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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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 . . .
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.
I've read many reviews of PRRs music since and they certainly appear to have been pigeon-holed with progressive rock. But what's in a category or a genre? I have spent a lot of time in the past, debating what is and what isn't prog. There are certainly prog influences here - most notably the Floydian guitar and extended workouts, but it really doesn't matter what one might call it - just listen to the music, it's refreshing to hear something a little out of the ordinary when so much around is bog standard. I particularly like the manner in which many tracks segue into each other, making the listening experience seamless and all the more enjoyable.
The vocal harmonies are very strong, if tonally, slightly bland at times. The musicianship is tight and there is enough going on in the background, to ensure repeated spins reap rewards. But I think they can improve on this and I eagerly await their next release, which should reflect lessons learned from this effort and will, maybe, show all of us their true direction. If Amazon had allowed me, I would have placed this at 3.5 stars, but in the absence of that option, I'll upgrade it to 4.
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.