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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea

In their decade as a band, Pure Reason Revolution relentlessly innovated on every release. Their debut was a modern spin on classic prog, as accessible to fans of Tool and Muse as it was to Pink Floyd fans. Amor Vincit Omnia and Hammer and Anvil took them into electronic territory, all while maintaining a common progressive rock thread.

It's fitting then that Eupnea, the long-awaited return from the band, sees them harking back to their earliest days, while rolling in all of the musical experiments and experience they've gathered in the intervening years.

"The album is a well-balanced blend of three long-form pieces and three shorter songs. Although all six tracks carry considerable strength, it is undoubtedly the longer ones which will serve as the focus for most listeners. “Silent Genesis” carries just about everything one could want from PRR: a gorgeously etheric initial three minutes followed by strong melodic verses, a keyboard groove (Floyd’s “Echoes”, anyone?) and finally a guitar onslaught that will delight latter-day Porcupine Tree fans. Released as the initial “single” of the album, the band risk revealing the high point of the album too soon. Fear not, the other two mini-epics keep this level of artistry riding high."

Pure Reason Revolution inhabit a sound uniquely their own. They will likely come into quick favor of fans of Anathema, Marillion and the previous bands mentioned further above, but also a wider range of other bands like U2 and Kraftwork. “Progressive” and “rock” fit the bill here, incorporating inspirations equally from the 70s, 80s and 90s and molding something new out of it. Fortunate is the fan who discovers them." SM-SP

Essential Track: "Ghosts & Typhoons" highlights the strength of these two singers, with Alper’s voice soaring over top and Courtney providing the lower foil amidst an intoxicating arrangement. At times the swooning nature of Alper’s vocal lines is almost too much to bear, but then the attack of heavy guitars, bass and drums brings the piece quickly back down to earth. Seriously, for anyone still mourning the passing of Porcupine Tree, this is the antidote." SM-SP

Read the full review on Sonic Perspectives.

Listen to samples and buy the CD from Inside Out or wherever fine prog music is sold.

NewEARS Art Rock Series

  • 2020-04-09
    District 97 Screening Tour with The Tea Club and Rise Twain at Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Tea Club

  • 2020-05-15
    Big Big Train supported by IZZ at Academy of Music - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests IZZ

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    District 97 Screening Tour with The Tea Club and Rise Twain at Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Tea Club

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    Brit Floyd - Echoes 2020: The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and more… at Cross Insurance Center - Bangor, ME at 08:00 PM

  • 2020-04-17
    Brit Floyd - Echoes 2020: The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and more… at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM

  • 2020-04-29
    Justin Hayward--Nights at Stage One - Fairfield Theater Company, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2020-05-03
    Justin Hayward--Nights at Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA at 07:00 PM

  • 2020-05-08
    Kansas - Point of Know Return Tour at Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $299 VIP

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    Between The Buried And Me: An Evening With at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
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    Big Big Train supported by IZZ at Academy of Music - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
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    SYMPHONY X: 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
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  • 2020-05-18
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Big Night Live - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
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    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Big Night Live - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
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