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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B000FKPEAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,097,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I played OSI's first album almost to death, and it's still a great album!
Throbbin' Hood
This album has its similiarities to the previous OSI release (it's the same two guys, same band), but has some very interesting divergences from the first.
J. Hatch
I love your entire catalog of prog artists and try to get all those special 2 CD editions.
K. Orrson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Kolinsky on June 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I intentionally waited for O.S.I.'s Free (Special Edition) album to be released befor purchasing, or even listening for that matter. Based upon their first album, I felt this follow up album is right on par with their sonic excellence! If you read the reviews posted on O.S.I. Free US release, you will see that I am not alone in this critique. I have to agree, however, that this release tends to be more oriented towards Kevin Moore's work. I guess you could sum it up as sounding like a supercharged Chroma Key, but I hate to attach a label to something in this way. Instead, I will say that O.S.I. are in fine form in this latest offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2007
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I finally broke down and purchased the second outing from the supergroup OSI.
Am I ever glad I did.

I love the first album and listen to it quite often even after owning it for a few years. The mixed reviews of the 2nd album made me hesitate but I see I had no need to worry. True, the previous album is overall more of a classic, but here we have OSI gaining a focus and making some darn fine modern prog rock.

I miss Steve Wilson's contribution, but am a happy camper after a few spins of the disc. Oh, and be sure to get this bonus disc version -- you'll be glad you sprung for the extra tracks.
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I played OSI's first album almost to death, and it's still a great album! I then heard about another album coming out, though Portnoy wouldn't have the same influence he had on the first one. Still, 3 years later I picked up the 2-disc version of the album. It's a bit different from their first, not nearly the same. But then again had it been I may have been disappointed. Bands (and I assume prog bands more than anyone else) should evolve over time. And this being a side project for most of the members you should expect a 2nd album to be different from the first. This one certainly is.

It sounds more electronic than their first one, and that's not a bad aspect at all. You can still hear Portnoy playing on various tracks, and his contribution is more than welcome. Otherwise the album would probably be completely different. There seems to be more vocals on this album as well, so fans of Moore's style of "singing" will be quite pleased.

As with their other album, it's well worth the extra dollars for the extra tracks. The bonus disc has no videos at all, which makes room for more songs. Nothing really different from the formula listeners will become accustomed to from the first disc, which is good. You can treat the 2nd disc as Part 2 of disc one, almost making this a double-album release. Here are the tracks for the 2nd disc:

1. OSIdea 9
2. Set It On Fire
3. Communicant
4. When You're Ready (demo)
5. Remain Calm
6. Old War

Overall a great album. Not as powerful as their first, but still exceeding many of the bands that are out today. I'm anxious to hear what their 3rd album has and look forward to getting my hands on it soon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Orrson on May 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love your entire catalog of prog artists and try to get all those special 2 CD editions.

Yes the 1 disc version is supper as was the original version of their first

Office of Strategic Influence which also had a German 2 disc version.

Only the Japanese edition is available on Amazon. But look for used copies if available.

and if you can't afford the 2 disc version...just go for the one CD...but you'll want more I think!

I love Kevin Moore's work with other side project Chroma Key,

and Mike Portnoy....need I say more???
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