Lost in the New Real Double CD
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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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this off the back of a recommendation and it is fantastic, it reminds me of prog from a different era (The Lamb lies down...). Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2014 by Post-Modern Penguin
Will make the story short so..
Can mr lucassen tell us where the hell from is getting inspired and writes all these magnificent -close to sci-fi- tracks. Read more
This may be surprising, but "Lost In The New Real" is my first encounter with Arjen. And definitely not the last. This album is truly remarkable. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Tomáš Jurka
It's always amazing to see how Arjen comes up with these stories. He sure knows how to add music to it too. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by Geert LEGEIN
First off I'm a big fan of Arjen Lucassen's work, I've got all of his CDs from Ayreon to Star One and for the most part enjoy them all to varying degrees but the best of his is... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by Fraser J
Good Album. The production values of this album excel many other album within this genre. Worth getting for the brilliant 10min title track.Published on 9 Oct. 2012 by Zippygolucky
this is so good . great story its prog but with a h ugh twist of elo from early 1990s.artwork and album value for moneyPublished on 14 July 2012 by bowl