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Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third (2006) Retail CD
Influenced by bands like Pink Floyd (particularly their earliest works), Led Zeppelin, as well as The Beach Boys and The Cure for their vocal harmonies, and even modern day Tool and some grunge elements, The Dark Third is a challenging debut album by Pure Reason Revolution.
The fourth track, "The Ambassadors of Morning", is a solid representative of the full album. It clocks in at a little over 12 minutes; blending numerous musical statements, from the Celtic folk parts to semi-electronic and analog synth work, to ambient atmospherics, to both male and female harmonies often sung in counterpointmore…, to classic rock guitar nuances. The song starts off with subtle keyboards while you can hear lots of sample sounds happening in the background. Far back in the mix, female vocalists hum wordless melodies before a heavier synth layer is introduced. This is followed by a very folky segment mixed with ambience and could make for a great movie soundtrack. The ambience generated by the keyboards is a testimony to the band's love for Pink Floyd. However, as the four-part harmonies kick off, the song turns into post-pop tune with great melodic sensibility. The multi-vocals take a back seat when the first chorus hits the tune with a very repetitive lyrical approach sung by deep, clean male vocals. Eventually the melody reaches its end and another lengthy instrumental section follows with lots of wind effects and sparse synth notes flying around. A grungy Tool can be felt before male and female vocals begin to sing in counterpoint and lead into the second big chorus that is repeated over and over until the last second of the piece.
The other songs are also composed similarly, always injected with a multitude of similar sounds, but when put together, they form these easy-listening pieces which indicate a promising future for this band. The first song, "Aeropause", evokes Pink Floyd with its droning rhythm and slide guitar. Three members in the band play guitar, and that culminates in a wide-ranging sonic pulse, especially on "Apprentice of the Universe". Also, the "dreamy" feel of the whole album fits the concept. Obviously, the band is quite interested in the phenomen of dreams and their interpretation, and that feel is perfectly captured on the whole album. That said, the avid Floyd, Zeppelin or The Cure fans may question the songs' validity, and to an extent, they may have a point. It's great the band wants to mix all these genres, but doing it right is more important.
The production done by Paul Northfield (Gentle Riant, Rush) is amazing; he's rendered an incredible sonic intensity on this album.
|3||Apprentice Of The Universe|
|4||The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning|
|5||Nimos & Tambos|
|6||Voices In Winter / In The Realms Of The Divine|
|8||Arrival / The Intention Craft|
|9||He Tried To Show The Magic / Ambassadors Return|
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