Pure Reason Revolution - My Favorite Album Of 2006
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For a short period of time in 2006 Pure Reason Revolution looked like they might be the shining star for the future of progressive rock. They were signed to a major label (a rarity for prog bands these days) and received a lot of hype upon the album's release. Unfortunately less than a year later Sony would drop them like a hot potato and they would be forced back to independent label status. A situation that is very similar to Sony's treatment of Echolyn back in the late 90's. Major label or not this is a damn fine album, in fact it was one of my favorite releases of 2006, and simply put I love this disc. The band has a modern sound, but manages to incorporate elements of classic progressive rock as well. A post-rock influence can be found here as well making the album a challenging yet accessible listen. The liberal use of duel male and female vocals is captivating with lyrics that paint visual pictures of a science fiction theme. There is no one here that really stands out instrumentally, but the band as a whole gels into a fine cohesive unit. I got to see the band live at NEARfest last year and unfortunately was slightly disappointed in their live show. The band had lost one of its members just prior to the show and also had a really muddy sound mix. I would really like to get the chance to catch them again at some point. Overall I give this album my highest recommendation. To me this is what good modern progressive rock is all about."
It Has It's Moments Of Greatness
Chris Mooney | Pittsburgh , Pa | 12/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very strong initial release. The prog influences on this disc are overwhelming. Pink Floyd is the most obvious, but that is only part of the story. The band may be thinking Beach Boys, but I am hearing The Moody Blues. Early King Crimson and ELP also come to mind. Mix in some White Willow with a touch of Tool and the end product, that may at first sound very derivative, becomes something that sounds familiar yet new at the same time. As with any good prog release, there are some wonderful passages tucked inside, but more importantly everything on this disc works. Don't forget that there is almost 5 minutes of silence before you get to the last track."