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This review is from: Lost in the New Real (Audio CD)
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!