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Beyond Man And Time

RPWLAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AFM Records
  • ASIN: B006TVC2HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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12 years after the formation of one of Germany's most successful modern Prog/art rock bands, RPWL takes its first shot at a concept album. Beyond Man and Time is a musical journey through the world outside of Platon s cave. The basic idea is a so-called revaluation of value in terms of a new way of thinking. In this world beyond man and time there exists creatures of higher knowledge that the protagonist meets allegorically along his journey: the keeper of the cave, the willingly blind, the scientist, the ugliest human, the creator, the shadow, the wise man in the desert and the fisherman. These create the musical themes for the characters in Beyond Man And Time , and along with oriental percussion, expanded Moog-soli and Indian sitar, create a well placed, atmospheric and colorful adaptation of the theme. RPWL have always been about originality and experimentation and Beyond Man And Time is a vast sociological journey through the depths of man s psyche and a welcome addition to their catalogue of exceptional and creative releases.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but different from the old April 4, 2012
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This latest offering from RPWL while very good, has really signaled a departure from their previous sound. In my past reviews I have compared them to Pink Floyd, not so much as a clone but with definitely a similar style and sound.

"Beyond Man and Time" really moves away from PF comparisons and begins to establish a more unique sound. While I can't really say that they have streamlined their sound as they still have the same elements, they have stripped out some of the more atmospheric qualities and gone with a more straight forward sound. Guitars become more prevalent, keyboards are a bit more robust and the sound is not quite as laid back anymore. This could all be due to an infusion of new members. Only Yogi Lang (vocals) and Kalle Wallner (guitar) remain. (Not too sure how long they can keep the name RPWL as they are now just WL) I do not want to scare people away saying they have become a pop band. They have not. They can probably still be classified as Neo-Prog but their sound is definitely becoming more main stream. Personally, I can now hear a little U2 or REM influence. Some say Porcupine Tree (maybe "Stupid Dream") but they really do not have that much of an edge. I can imagine that this new style will find a broader audience.

There is a lot of music on this CD clocking in at around 73 minutes. Song lengths are quite varied but seldom top the seven minute mark, with only a few exceptions: one being the remarkable "The Fisherman" which at 16:18 combines a bit of an early Genesis feel, along with a little taste of the Pendragon/Arena style keyboard sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've been listening to RPWL for a few years after getting an ear bug from "Roses" on Pandora. I've enjoyed their earlier efforts, especially World Through My Eyes (their best effort before this one, I think), plus their quite respectable live album Live: Start the Fire.

After ten or twelve hearings, I'm convinced that this one is in the same league as World Through My Eyes. It's crisper than earlier efforts, and a bit closer to mainstream prog rock. For example, mostly gone is the sitar that was used a lot in World Through My Eyes. There's some pretty smooth acoustic guitar used in some cuts as a counterpoint to the usual electric guitar.

The songs on this album have a bit more energy and a less leisurely pace. The lyrics manage to avoid some of the superficial philosophizing of earlier albums. They are fairly typical for prog rock lyrics, meaning you really don't get the music for the lyrics - the vocals are more or less another instrument.

Marc Turiaux is the drummer, and as best as I can tell, this is his first studio effort with RPWL. (He previously did some live work with them, but I don't see any credits for him on earlier studio albums.) That may be one of the sources of crispness, because the drumming is definitely a strong point here.

My favorite cut so far is Unchain the Earth. It's the fourth cut, and I'd say that's where the album hits its high point. I also like The Shadow (cut 8) and The Noon (last cut), which is probably more like the style of World Through My Eyes than anything on the album.
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RPWL's first album God Has Failed Again from over a decade ago is still my favorite one. For most of us World Through My Eyes is the one. That album first revealed the camouflaged greatness of RPWL to me as well. Their albums are real reflections of Yogi Lang's inner space at moments in time. World Through My Eyes was, to me, possibly the lightest, most optimistic one of them all (what a shocking statement). Stock and God Has Failed Again fall somewhere in the middle and Trying To Kiss The Sun, Experience and Beyond Man And Time reach us at the depths of our inner selves, if we allow them to.

Beyond Man And Time, as preceding it Experience, is again an album many of us will never get to know, unfortunately. Becoming aware of the profound vision behind the songs of this expression of meaning over beauty helps immensely to appreciate this work of art, but it doesn't necessarily change the fact that we crave for musical beauty and harmony in music. When both, deep and powerful meaning able to arouse our intellectual honesty or curiosity and brilliant beautiful musical composition come to full expression, they reach for the center, for our Souls. This album might leave us feeling cold and a bit unfullfilled, searching for the mixture of the above, but... here comes The Fisherman, perhaps the most influential song of RPWL. Let's pray this isn't their swan song. I am not quite sure what Yogi means by 'resting here for a while'.

There are other worthwhile songs on this very diffficult album to digest, beginning with We Are What We Are, through Beyond Man And Time, Unchain The Earth all the way to The Wise In The Desert. However, to me, The Fisherman stands on its own. It is a solid 16 minute long composition which doesn't even really start (musically) until its fifth minute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RPWL - 'Beyond Man And Time' (Gentle Art Of Music)
German neo-progressive band that I've definitely heard of before, but I wasn't aware that they had something like at least ten CD's (is that right?) out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prog Sounds
The Pink Floyd influenced sounds are still enjoyable after many listens over the past year.
The lead guitar technique and vocal accent were initially off target to my ears,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by john linster
5.0 out of 5 stars RPWL- another excellent album by a great band!!
Another excellent album from RPWL. All four of their albums are surpurb. There style and sound is great.
If you are a fan of Pink Floyd then this band is for you.
Published 23 months ago by Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Очень хороший альбом
В духе первых трёх альбомов (и сборника "редких"). С развитием в своём направлении. Всё так же много интересного звука. Мне понравилось.
Published on October 10, 2012 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool music
I can across this cd a while back, I really enjoy the Floyd sound it is a combination of a few styles of music. Read more
Published on August 17, 2012 by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!!
What an amazing CD. It's one of those rare gems you come across once every few years where every song is great and you can't stop listening to it. Perfect prog to my ears. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by O-E-EGG
5.0 out of 5 stars Their albums keep on getting better!
What an impressive album! I have been a fan for the last two years and have bought their previous cds and I hvae to say this one is their best one. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Jeff Weselinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. Incredible sound and one of the best prog In the last few...
There are detailed reviews here which I agree with. This is a super enjoyable album full of quality all around. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Ticos
5.0 out of 5 stars They Did It Again!! The Incredible Art of RPWL!!
These guys just don't disappoint! After the "RPWL Experience" (2008) which I felt was one of the best CDs I have ever heard, they have come back again with another incredible work... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Russ Bellinger
5.0 out of 5 stars wow. what a blast of great music
This is a very strong outing.

I have all of their other studio material. And I have to say, this one is their best IMO. Read more
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