The Theory Of Everything CD+DVD, Special Edition, Box set
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The bonus DVD features two and a half hours of behind the scenes content
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Progressive music got a bad reputation with those who could only play three chords on a guitar and didn't have the musical ability, imagination or attention span to explore any further. So welcome back my friends to the show that never really ended, welcome to THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Arjen's attempt to progress music a little further in 2013.
For those of you who are still to become Ayeonauts (where have you been!!!), the band Ayreon is really a 6 foot 7 inch tall geeky guy from the Netherlands called Arjen Anthony Lucassen with the help of a couple of regular contributors and assorted special guest singers and musicians adding a solo here and there to a greater or lesser extent.
In nearly all of the reviews I have seen so far a lot has been made of the all star guest players. While this is certainly the talking point of the album, what must not be forgotten here is that 90% of what you hear is played by Arjen himself - the guitars, bass, most of the keyboards. If you focus on that, it's then you start realising how significant a talent he has. Quite extraordinary. Nevermind Actual Fantasy, this guy as ACTUAL TALENT, and an over abundance of it.
I'll not review the content of the music in detail as that has been done many times elsewhere. Instead I will sketch a picture of how this album makes me feel.
When I feel jaded and world weary, when something's bothering me, I will look through my music collection for inspiration and 50% of the time I will find I have an Ayreon album in my hand.Read more ›
Anybody familiar with Arjen's work will already have this album , but if by chance you stumble upon this and the other reviews looking for somethhing different but yet familiar to listern to and have a love for all things prog , then do buy and sit back on a journey of pure escapism and enjoyment.
As with all Ayreon albums they take years to come out (not surprising really when you consider just what a genius this guy is) and this one completely got past me on its release, and I only discovered it last week on youtube and on Friday on the 14th February 2014 as soon as my pennies went in the bank I instantly ordered the Limited Box Set with DVD.
It very much came with the MP3 Audio Rip which was a great thing and having seen Arjen's video on the tube about it having 4 long epics over some 20 minutes each and him stating to take it easy, and not take them all on at once. I can honestly say over this weekend and even now on this Monday morning I have took on the whole journey at least 20 times, and even had an whole Ayreon Weekend and blasted out his other 7 albums too, and when the discs arrive I know I am gonna be enjoying the experience even more in better quality and give my ears another treat by playing it to death (LOL).
Absolutely Prog Rock Heaven at its best is what I call it and it ROCKS my boat 100%.
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A few days ago I hadn't heard of Aryeon. True, I'd seen the name when I was surfing the Amazon website for new stuff, but I hadn't bothered to investigate, mainly due to the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Outastace
another one for collection great story and music in onePublished 11 months ago by Mr Kenneth Mac Dougall
As an owner of few Ayreon albums I quite well knew what was coming when first time listening this. Don't think it's a bad thing at all if you have a recognizable sound and musical... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bona
Exactly what i wanna hear from Ayreon with its trademark with a new boost for contemporary progressive music! I'll buy all the other cd's.Published 14 months ago by gennaro bonavita
You've just got to love Ayreon. Great music. Keep 'em coming. How about a version of war of the worlds Mr L.Published 15 months ago by Big Six
Disappointed in this album, knowing how good Ayreon is, this is not that good.Published 16 months ago by dickymint
amazing album another great piece of art just what i expectedPublished 18 months ago by kayleigh vale
The return of Ayreon is good, but not great. Essential, of course, but takes time to get into.Published 23 months ago by Kristjan B. Heidarsson