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Lost in the New Real Double CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B007G935U0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The New Real
  2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
  3. Parental Procreation Permit
  4. When I'm A Hundred Sixty - Four
  5. E - Police
  6. Don't Switch Me Off
  7. Dr Slumber's Eternity Home
  8. Yellowstone Memorial Day
  9. Where Pigs Fly
  10. Lost In The New Real
  11. Bonus feature CD Rom section: "Behind the New Real"

Disc: 2

  1. Our Imperfect Race
  2. Welcome to the Machine
  3. So Is There No God?
  4. Veteran of the Psychic Wars
  5. The Social Recluse
  6. Battle of Evermore
  7. The Space Hotel
  8. Some Other Time
  9. You Have Entered The Reality Zone
  10. I'm the Slime
  11. Bonus feature CD Rom section: "The Artwork"

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Arjen Anthony LUCASSEN Lost In The New Real 2CD

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Heard clips of this before release and was not hopeful. Glad to say this is a full blown techni colour feast of rock styles, catchy tunes and tongue in cheek references to past masters. A full rich sound with lots of synth bass lines to test your floorboards. Most of all there are tunes. Tunes by the bucket load. Ignore the concept and simply enjoy the tunes. Only one song out of the twenty grate. Even the cover versions work. Welcome to the machine sounds like a folky Ramstein meets PF. Buy and smile.
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I'm a big fan of Lucassen's work, be it Ayreon, Guilt Machine and especially Star One. I especially like the huge cast he normally assembles to implment his musical and lyrical ideas so I was curious to find out what a "solo" album would be like.
And I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed. Alright, the out of my time sci-fi storyline has been done any number of times, but this interplay of music and storyline works very well. I even found myself wondering where the tracks on disc 2 would fit into the overall scheme of things. Is "You have entered the reality zone" an alternative happy ending to "Lost in the new real"? The only thing which doesn't really fit is Battle of Evermore but the dulcimer works really well on it. My only complaint is that Some Other Time seems to lack the passion of the original (if I've remembered it correctly). The lyrics are comedic, narrative and thought-provoking covering heavy topics like euthanasia, policing of the internet and old age without becoming depressive or preachy. The music is varied - very little of the bone-crunching guitar evident throughout Victims of the Modern Age which is a shame - but great melodies and hooks nevertheless. And he still brings in a big cast despite it supposedly being a solo effort.
Intelligent lyrics put to great music around an albeit well-worn storyline. This album, like Turisas' "The Varangian Way" and "Stand Up and Fight" are crying out to be made into stage shows. Time to dump musicals about pigs and the French Revolution and get into this!
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First off - I love the music of Mr Lucassen, be it Star One, Ayreon, Guilt Machine or early Stream Of Passion.....he's alway been right on the money, for me at least........right, that's out of the way then!
So what have we here - well a wonderfully packaged, intelligent bit of soft rock opera with country, jazz, blues, classical, heavy rock all peppered in, for good measure, and all bound together with the voice of Rutger Hauer...this really is one of the most eclectic offerings from Arjen to date.
I remember reading about how Arjen had hawked his original rock opera around the record companies going back a number of years ago and finding no takers - all saying that rock operas were rather passe and there was no market for it...and here we are many years on and Arjen is still knocking them out and, moreover gaining quite a following of his operatic themed music too!
Kicking off with The New Real, this sets pretty much the standard for the whole album with a wonderful acoustic backdrop for Arjen's understated vocal work intermingled with electric power chords for emphasis before we roll onto a tongue in cheek recognition of late sixties music in the form of Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin....no prizes for guessing what that sounds like..nor, indeed, When I'm One Hundred-Sixty Four! Sublime!
On disc Two, we also get additional acknowledgements to Arjen's heroes in Welcome To The Machine, Battle Of Evermore and I'm The Slime....all played with the unmistakable sound that is Arjen's own - so there is music for all tastes here be it to dib in and out of or whether you want a serious bit of listening to do too - it really is all here!
And, as for the packaging - as I've said before, Insideout records have made this their very own artform so that you have a quality product to read and admire whilst listening to the music - brilliant! Don't just take my word for it, treat yourself and experience it yourself - you will not be disappointed!
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This is, to me, just instantly recognisable as being by Arjen.The only thing is that he's doing all the singing this time. Has every hallmark of his imagination, musicianship and joy in his work. It's a very interesting project, thought-provoking and fun at the same time, with a good variety of musical styles. Disc one, the main meal, the concept story, is wonderful - hugely entertaining to listen to. And the voice and character of Rutger Hauer introducing each song adds a lot to the whole thing and makes me smile. I don't enjoy disc 2 anywhere near as much though. It's okay, but the songs of his own that Arjen says didn't fit on the first disc aren't really as good as the ones actually on the first disc. The cover versions are done well enough, especially Veteran Of The Psychic Wars, but I suppose it's just a case of whether you personally like the songs or not. For myself, just disc one would have done fine - I'm not too bothered about the 2nd one. Well worth buying for disc one alone, though, and I can't imagine any fan of Arjen's being disappointed by this! Fantastic package too - lovely artwork, and videos too. Well done, Arjen!
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Like others said earlier, Arjen Lucassen has an enormous catalogue of great music, no matter if it is labelled Ayreon, Stream of Passion, Star One or under his own name. This album "borrows" from all of those. Many of the songs would fit seamlessly in one of the Ayreon, Star One or Stream of Passion albums but they are still different enough to make them stand out as great songs in their own right. If you got the 2-CD version, you got some extra tracks and a bunch of covers. And there is where the pain is. Some of them sound like they are Lucassen originals (The battle of Evermore is a great song in itself and fits in very very well), others sound completely out of place (Welcome to the machine sucks as an original and sucks as a cover). All in all a nice album but there are too few surprises to make it an essential. If you got the download, you can easily skip the crappy songs and compile your own almost perfect version of the album.
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