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Everyone to their own,it`s just not for me.
on 28 November 2014
I bought this album on its release,and listened to it fairly regularly then.I`ve noticed,however,that I haven`t played the album for sometime,preferring other releases by other bands over this.In fact, I prefer to play other albums by RPWL.
So,I`ve given the record another couple of spins over the last couple of days to see if the album had some hidden depths waiting to be revealed.
Unfortunately,nothing new has come to the surface.
Don`t get me wrong this is not a bad album,it`s just not what I consider to be a good one.
The music remains heavily influenced by Pink Floyd,but with a pop prog twist.
The album has an interesting concept(and prog listeners love a good "concept" album)--------the paradise that would be created if religion was eradicated;religion is an illusion,and those who follow are ignorant,intolerant sheep.All well and good,but,you could argue, hardly original.But,this is prog music and the concepts don`t have to be too deep.
The overall meaning and notion of the album is well supported by well written lyrics,it`s just that the song structure and delivery is all too often invaded by this pop prog mentality.Herein lies the major problem for me.
These pop influences tend to overshadow any lasting innovation and true progression.So,tracks like "Swords And Guns" and "Perfect Day"suffer from this.Furthermore,the radio friendly ballad style of "A New Dawn" further reduces the originality of the whole piece as a true prog rock album.
It`s clear,however that many rate this album highly,hence all the scores of 5 in Amazon.For the reasons given above,this is some way off being such a score for me.The album has very little to recommend itself as a "love it" release,and it is not really "Wanted" in my collection.Approach with some caution.