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Memories In My Head EP

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • ASIN: B004Y03L7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This EP sees Riverside returning to their first label The Laser's Edge to commemorate their 10th anniversary. They had started out with The Laser's Edge before moving onto Inside Out for their following three albums. At this point, I don't know if this is a one-off album with The Laser's Edge or not, but whatever it is, Memories in My Head is a fantastic release.

Though some have claimed that it is a return to the sounds of their debut, I beg to differ. While many fans will agree that the three songs here (at nearly 33 minutes) revisit the moodier and spacier side of their first disc, the songs involve more of the songwriting aesthetic that bridged their second and third albums, especially the latter. This is primarily because of keyboardist Michael Lapaj who has a totally different approach to composition than the original keyboardist. Lapaj's melodies develop more thoroughly, and he covers a broader spectrum of sound colours in his playing. From his use of quiet synth bleeps that evoke Porcupine Tree to denser explorations that tread the delicate line between vintage analog synths and more modern vibes, Lapaj achieves atmospheres like no other keyboard player in the genre. He leaves his sonic imprint on all three songs, recalling the more mood-intensive passages on Rapid Eye Movement with his frequent use of 'vertical' melody injections. At one point, he even exchanges a great unison solo spot with Piotr Grudzinski on "Living in the Past" which is not only the best track on this EP but also one of the finest in their entire catalog.
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Well, even though there have been only two other reviews thus far of Memories In My Head, it is hard to add anything useful to the hosannas that have already been sung. This is especially true whenever The Turk has weighed in with his always well-considered and knowledgeable opinions. So it should suffice to say that I am in his amen corner.
This teaser of an EP doesn't take me back to their earliest days as some industry touts have promised, it has me looking forward to the full scale album that is sure to come! Though the whole album is excellent, I especially like the prog-metal extravaganza Living In the Past. If you are a fan of Riverside on any level, don't pass this one up.
The CD comes packaged in a standard jewel box and is accompanied by a booklet featuring all pertinent album info, the lyrics, and a nice two-page photo of the band. Enjoy!
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This beautiful EP is a delicious treat to hold us over till Riverside's next album. These three songs (rather lengthy ones, at that) are a beautiful symmetry between their masterful trilogy and their latest release, ADHD. It marries the 70's vibe (especially in the keyboards) found in the latter with the highly melodic guitar work of the previous. One thing that surprised me here was that the drummer is starting to come out of his shell. Don't get me wrong---I love the simplistic drums. They are refreshing. However, I'm dying for a Riverside album with a little more of a technical side in the drumming---I think this EP could be an indication of great things to come.
With all of that said, my favorite track is Living in the Past. I love the melodic guitars and the beautiful voice-work. However, Forgotten Land is a close second because it is completely unique and wonderfully written. As you can probably tell, I am really anticipating their next album, especially if it is anything like this amazing EP!
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This album is quiet, contemplative, and not prone to loud and quick sonic changes. I wasn't looking forward to reviewing this as my favorite album (and new find) of 2011 was Riverside's ADHD. Someone described that as "progressive rock ecstasy" and I'd have to agree. As ADHD was my first experience with Riverside I immediately set about picking up other albums by them. Firstly "Second Life Syndrome" and now their newest EP MIMH. While I enjoyed SLS I knew it was earlier Riverside and that they had changed between then and ADHD. I also had read a review that MIMH was more of a throwback to their earlier sound. Still, I figured there would be some remnants and adventure also of ADHD. Not so much. While I'm not familiar with the rest of their catalog this does appear to be a throwback. It is an overall quiet affair without any blaring guitars, double-bass heavy loopiness, and rapid time changes. After 3 listens I wasn't very favorable to this EP. It wasn't until I listened for the fourth time with headphones that this began to work for me. The first of the three songs has the closest spirit to anything on ADHD and is probably my favorite on this CD ("Goodbye Sweet Innocence") due largely to some nice guitar and keyboard blended parts later in the song. For the Riverside fans that like their band to rock you may just be disappointed. Put on a set of headphones and give it a spin. It will work itself out a bit better.
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For this EP, released to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Riverside have deliberately gone back to the sort of music they were playing when they first started - more mellow and atmospheric, although with some elements of their more recent sound. There are only three tracks on this album, though all are around 10 minutes long. They're all reasonably strong songs, but none of them really stand out, and there's a bit too much atmospheric filler. The album is probably best for fans of the band who want a complete collection; if you're looking for an introduction to Riverside, you're better off buying Out of My Head (for their mellow/atmospheric side) or Anno Domini High Definition (for their heavier side).
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