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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • ASIN: B0002VEONQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Same River
2. Out Of Myself
3. I Believe
4. Reality Dream
5. Loose Heart
6. Reality Dream II
7. In Two Minds
8. The Curtain Falls
9. Ok

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Very good indeed.
paul levine
Riverside have proved themselves accomplished musicians with this wonderful album, displaying mature songwriting and skilled musicianship.
Philip N. Wright
I always enjoy seeing something really great, from overseas, make a splash here in the states.
Mr D.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I always enjoy seeing something really great, from overseas, make a splash here in the states. So much really good import music goes virtually unnoticed here and it's really a shame. It's not that American musicians aren't capable of producing music of the quality of Riverside's Out of Myself, it just seems like they can't be bothered, because American buyers will line up, no matter what they peddle.

Out of Myself is being touted by many Progressive Rock aficionados as the best prog/rock album of 2004. I don't know about that but it is an exceptional album and I do enjoy it more than recent releases by Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Pain of Salvation. Their music is atmospheric blend of aggressive prog metal and a smoother prog rock style and it is overwhelming. Their opening track, "The Same River" is a classic and may indeed be the Prog/rock track of the year. Twelve minutes of a haunting, predominantly instrumental masterpiece. It starts with special effects, a radio tuner spinning along the dial, static and all, leading into some Floydian guitar work. After a couple minutes we settle into a contagious, continuous guitar rhythm which permeates the song throughout, while ethereal vocals and soaring guitar solos run their course. There are some lyrics but they are near the end of this monster song: "I am your fear, hope - I am your grief, joy - I am your deed, word - I am your hate, love - I know... I can... Wanna stay..."

Next, the title track, "Out of Myself" is shorter but an equally potent track. Again the guitar is the main instrument, sometime soft and often heavy and crunchy. This is a busy song with lots happening and the singer, Duda is excellent singing lyrics like: "I don't feel quite myself. I think I'm losing heart. I'm sick and tired of all those words.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Andre on August 26, 2005
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Those who know me well acknowledge the fact that I'm a bit compulsive about the things I like. I have to admit I am that way to some extent. Some things I can't just casually enjoy, I get almost fanatical about them. Fortunately, that's only the case with a few selects things. Another thing that's part of my character, is a strong inclination towards the unconventional, that which hadn't been done yet or that which is extremely original and heartfelt. Right now, I can tell you of at least one band that fits all these bills: RIVERSIDE.

"Out of Myself", RIVERSIDE's debut album, is a concept album about one finding inner peace, understanding of himself and the surrounding world. According to the band's vocalist and bassist, Mariusz Duda, this is the first part of a trilogy dealing with the aforementioned subjects and, let me tell you, if the next two pieces are on par with this one, then I can't wait for them and this trilogy will become a huge classic.

I wouldn't say RIVERSIDE are strictly a progressive band but they surely approach it in a very strong manner. So much so that this album can clearly appeal to 70's progressive rock lovers. The closest they come to being really progressive is right on the first track, "The Same River", an ambitious 12 minute piece which goes through different moods and emotions, always showing a band that's unbelievably tight for a debut, aswell as instrumentally superior. Take for instance, right after the first section of the song, how ethereal the guitar that enters the scene at 04:40 really is. Piotr Kozieradzki's drum work is always precise yet rather complex and Michal Lapaj's keyboards provide a sweet backdrop to the song (and the rest of the album too).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By thor9 on October 9, 2005
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I would have given this album 3.5 stars if it were possible. That is NOT to say it isnt a good album. Actually, its an excellent album and a terrific freshman prog-rock effort by these boys from Poland. This album was a great listen and highly recommended as a wonderful new group with good instrumentals and sound, but they are not breaking any "new" ground here and parallels to others are inevitable and rather obvious. I wasnt "blown away" but did find myself swaying in the wind by this album.

There are clear influences by Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree , to name just a few of the quintessential names that pop to mind as one listens to Riverside.

The guitar playing is very cool and they break out into clean solos which are very well played and has an excellent ambient sound. "Reality Dreams II" stands out a song with a nice guitar and drum ending.

The vocals are clean and the singer Duda has a nice range. Not influencing the listening pleasure but, I felt that a non-native English "accent" is clearly noted on most of the songs. This again is not to define any way that the language should sound (given that Brits and Americans differ on most words as well) but I guess I would hear a deviation from a "neutral" accent that seems to characterize most music vocals. As other reviewers have pointed out, the lead singer sounded a lot like Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth on many an occasion. I also found him sounding like Gavin from Dredg (especially on the song "loose heart"). This is purely a chronological phenomenon as one tends to compare with predecessors in the same genre.

One thing I would note though is comparisons to Floyd (or most great prog rock bands for that matter) are premature and definitely lacking from a purely lyrical perspective.
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