The Best Album of 1995
woburnmusicfan | 07/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album had mass-appeal. Prog-fans are not the only ones who liked this album. This could have been BIG; but, as usual, Sony ...did not promote it.
"As the World" is filled with catchy, hook-filled, artsy songs that made it the best of its class. Nothing else released that year by a major label compares in song writing, musicianship, and production. Songs such as Best Regards, A Short Essay, and Wormwood were heads above the normal pop music of the day. The song Never The Same is an anthem in the same vein as Elton John's Funeral For A Friend.
Alas, since echolyn were too good at playing their instruments and therefore not "as the [rest of] world", this great band and album got grossly over-looked by the industry. This is perhaps the best example of how incompetent current record executives are. No wonder the music industry is in trouble."
WillieB | 09/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disc definitely takes time to appreciate. The music is powerful progressive rock played by great musicians with outstanding lead and backing vocals.
Highlights - "As The World" a fast paced tune with great vocal interplay (similar to Gentle Giant)... "Uncle" has many intriguing time/tempo changes... "The Cheese Stands Alone" is a masterpiece with an incredible hook that makes me want to play this tune over and over... "My Dear Wormwood" an upbeat jazzy bit... and "Settled Land" showcasing terrific vocals.
A visit to the bands website will provide details where the re-release of this CD/DVD can be purchased. The DVD has about 38 minutes of live footage and a brief interview with Ray and Brett recorded in 1995.