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Posted by: SpriteBat from: Gilbert, AZ on
Although Ayreon is not my favorite band (or artist) of all time, it is probably the one I would choose if I could only pick one group to listen to for the rest of my life. That sounds like a contradiction, but let me explain. The music of Ayreon is so complex and innovative. It breaks boundaries that have never been broken, and combines genres that have never been combined. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new, something that could not possibly be noticed the first time through. This CD is no exception to the high standards of Ayreon. It is the first one I bought, and I recommend it as the first one for all new fans. Not only does it give a perfect overview of the entire storyline, but also has some of the most catchy and well-written songs ever. I sometimes get one song, or maybe even one solo stuck in my head all day, and every song has tons of heart and soul poured into it. There is a huge contrast throughout the CD. At first, it was hard for me to accept that all these songs were written and composed by the same person. From the slow yet extremely heavy guitar riffs, to the soft and soothing synth overtones, to the medieval-sounding flutes and whistles, to the dramatic string segments, to the clever and sometimes abstract drumming, to the classical piano, to the powerful choruses, there are so many elements combined, making it a new experience with every listen. For example, the song called The Sixth Extinction is over 12 minutes long without one wasted second. I listened to it as I walked all the way home from school, and it never lost my interest or amazement, even though I had previously heard it about ten times. All the songs on this CD have that enduring ability to entertain me. The only "negative" thing is that there are many singers, and it is a bit difficult to keep track of them and distinguish between all of them. This might bother people who listen to those singers' actual bands, but I didn't really care too much. I liked to know who all the characters were on Electric Castle and Human Equation, but it was not as easy on this CD. Like I said though, it's not a big deal. Well, I think that's all I have to say, although the next time I hear all the songs, I will probably get enough inspiration to write a whole new review.
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Bad for Ayreon
Posted by: Okashii from: Columbus, GA on
For Ayreon fans, this album is a bit of a let-down. This album just doesn't live up to "The Human Equation" or "Universal Migrator". The music is still good for most of the songs. And there is no lack in biting social commentary, especially with "Connect the Dots" and "Web of Lies".
If you're an Ayreon fan, you'll likely still want this album to help complete the story, which basically steps back and tells how Forever created mankind at the expense of the dinosaurs, playing God because they had screwed themselves over. But the album doesn't really feel like it even begins to move forward until the first disc is half-over. And the songs from Man's perspective seem meaningless until the second disk. But once it gets going, the story is still good. It's still enjoyable.
If you're new to Ayreon, I would reccommend "The Human Equation". It's practically flawless.
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