- Audio CD (December 28, 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: CD Baby
- ASIN: B0049UHKVY
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I have well over 1000 CDs, and this is the best CD I own.
For comparison, my collection includes the following CDs that I also absolutely love:
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory
Enchant - Juggling 9 or Dropping 10
Redemption - Snowfall on Judgement Day
Vanden Plas - The God Thing
Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Pt. 1
Alter Bridge - Blackbird
Kamelot - The Black Halo
Sphere of Souls - From the Ashes...
Ark - Burn The Sun
as well as classic CDs such as Rush's "Moving Pictures," Boston's first album, and Yes' "Close to the Edge." (FWIW, I own the entire catalogue by most of these artists).
I list those CDs for two reasons: (1) to give you an idea of the type of CDs against which "The Great Escape" compared favorably (for me), and (2) If you *like* Seventh Wonder, check out the above CDs and bands.
In "The Great Escape," Seventh Wonder displays astounding musicianship, soaring vocals by one of the best I've ever heard, complex musical arrangements, absolutely gorgeous melodies, and lush, tight harmonies, as well as deep, insightful lyrics. While those qualities *can* be found elsewhere in rare instances, what sets TGE apart from other great CDs is that it's also highly *listenable*, and -- dare I say it? -- **catchy**. On several occasions my girlfriend has asked me to put this CD on because she has the melody of one or another of its songs running through her head (she doesn't normally listen to this type of music).
If you loved Seventh Wonder's previous two releases ("Mercy Falls" and "Waiting for the Wings"), this is a must-buy for you. If you're unfamiliar with them, but like *any* of the CDs listed above, you truly owe it to yourself to give it a shot.
I was expecting another album like Mercy Falls. Frankly, I think Mercy Falls is one of the most ingenious albums ever. I think the story is good, and the arrangement and melodies are simply extraordinary. The album was breathtaking, memorable, melodious, and powerful. Said another way, Mercy Falls was Seventh Wonder's "Scenes from a Memory", but frankly they did it better than Dream Theater ever could. I most appreciate memorable melodies, where Mercy Falls excels.
Enter The Great Escape. Frankly on first listen, all I heard was a bunch of random pieces strung together, most that weren't so memorable at first. I KNEW I had to keep listening to it, and sure enough, my above truism came to fruition: I started to pick apart the album and realize what it was - a stroke of genius. It took a good dozen repeats and devoted listening. Stick with it and you'll probably get the same reaction.
With an album that is perhaps far more intense and even mature than Mercy Falls, what the Great Escape lacks in Mercy Fall's memorable melodies makes up in deeper, more complex, more layered vocals and music. Where Seventh Wonder came of age with Mercy Falls, they achieved mastery with The Great Escape.
While all the songs are great, the title track The Great Escape, at like 25 minutes, is astounding. This was the song I understood least upon the first 5-10 listens, but it is now the one I prefer most.Read more ›
For this album I was expecting more of the same... great catchy songs, complex arrangements, and one of the greatest singers in rock music period. Upon first listen, all I heard was complex arrangements, a couple of cheesy lyrical lines, and a 30 minute long song that didn't make much sense to me at first. After about 10 listens to the album, I'm still not ready to say that I like it more than Mercy Falls, but it is probably equal. It is a more intense album certainly with longer songs. A minor critique I have is the 30 minute song, "The Great Escape" which really should have been broken into separate tracks. I don't always have 30 minutes to listen to a song and I hate having to fast forward 15 minutes to get to where I left off -if I even remember where I left off. Other than that, the singer's vocal melodies are almost always catchy and melodic. The band is extraordinarily tight and are so perfect they sound machine like at times. The stand out instrument by far is the bass guitarist. He is phenomenal! Bass is usually my least favorite aspect to rock music, but this guy just makes every passage as interesting as possible. Both guitarist and keyboardist have great solos and riffs throughout the 60 minutes. The guitarist puts musicality and harmony before speed and technicality, though he possesses both in abundance. There is also alot of diversity within each song...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the most underrated metal band in the progressive scene (largely due to lack of access in North America most likely), Seventh Wonder return with yet another excellent... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JSwank
To be honest, I think this album is not as perfect as their previous one, Mercy Falls. Because there are a few "weak" songs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Forrest
packed well shipped quickly. A hard CD to get but you got it for me.You have had every CD I wanted and could not get anywhere else for a fair price.Published 18 months ago by Robert Charles Collins Jr.
Very nice prog metal attempt but lacks a bit in hooks. We'll crafted-excellent musicianship -glad I got it and will probably buy a few more of their CDs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andrew C. Stahlgren
Great album, my second purchase of Seventh Wonder. Wizeman, Alley Cat, and The Anglemaker are definitely worth checking out. Long tunes, but they aren't boring or repetitive.Published 22 months ago by Chill
If you like prog rock, do yourself a favor and just buy this album. Other buyers have written long reviews, but I'm telling you buy it! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tony Smith
Really love Tommys voice on this album waiting on other two to arrive. Great all around playing on this album.Published on August 13, 2013 by Joshua Friedman
Honestly, having listened to this album multiple times since I bought it, there is so much to say, I think I could write a short novel about it. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by The Terminator