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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD BABY.COM/INDYS
  • ASIN: B000BWA4D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On occasion an artist creates something (book, movie, music, painting, etc.) that just clicks with you.
WillieB
Some of the great vocal harmonies and major chord progressions that occur in the refrains sort of contradict the unkind lyrics they're singing.
Squire Jaco
Echolyn has always, even on their darkest songs, managed to convey some measure of hope, but hope is largely absent from this collection.
Brian Zino

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Zino on November 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every time I listen to a new Echolyn CD for the first time, I don't like it very much. That's because no Echolyn CD sounds like the one before it, or anything else they've done. They are a band that clearly feels an urgent need to move forward with their music, to continue evolving and progressing. In that sense, they are truly a progressive rock band, not "progressive rock" as a description of an entrenched style but "progressive" as a fully descriptive adjective. (Truth to tell, I wouldn't describe Echolyn as a progressive rock band for that very reason; instead I would probably call them an "adventurous and sophisticated rock band." But that's just semantics.)

However, unlike many other bands that are similarly progressive in that way, Echolyn has created and maintained a strong musical identity, something that comes through clearly and provides a continuity for their ever-changing musical adventures. No matter what else they're doing, there are always the constants - Chris Buzby's off-kilter keyboards that draw from jazz and modern classical more than they do rock 'n' roll, the aggressive harmonies in the equally rich, plummy voices of Ray Weston and Brett Kull, the unusually-layered arrangements and the knotty rhythmic twists that manage to surprise and provoke without disrupting the flow and groove of the music.

On The End is Beautiful, released this past August, it's no different - they've once again re-invented their sound while still managing to sound like Echolyn. I was originally tempted to describe their playing on this album as "deliberately sloppy," but repeated listens have made it clear that the composition and arrangement of these songs are too carefully worked out for "sloppy" to be in any way accurate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on December 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm always more than a little suspicious when a reviewer says, "You have to listen to this cd a few times before you like it." It usually means that they needed time to convince themselves that they did not make a sub-par purchase, so watch out for those cd's as a general rule.

And yet, I think it's a testament to the complexity and multi-textured quality of Echolyn's unique brand of progressive music that each album DOES sound better every time you put it on. Personally, I've liked every Echolyn cd I ever heard on the first listen; their music always contains enough melodic hooks, tight musicianship, and thought-provoking lyrics to give you the first impression that the cd is pretty good. But subsequent spins reveal the genius and cleverness that only true masters can produce.

"The End Is Beautiful" continues the diverse catalog of published music that Echolyn has graced us with for almost 15 years. This time it's not the 1970's retro-prog of "As The World", or the Americana folk-prog of "Cowboy Poems Free" (still my favorite!), or the contemplative symphonic prog of "Mei". This most recent effort is darker, somewhat heavier, sometimes even "urban"-sounding, with a more raw "live in the studio" feel to it, confidently driven along by the up-front drumming of Paul Ramsey. Their caustic lyrics of abuse, regret, death and despair on this cd make the musings of the late Kevin Gilbert and Shaun Guerin sound almost cheerful!

But don't get the idea that this is dark prog like Anekdoten or Tool or the like. You can still count on the melancholy love songs (albeit with UNhappy endings!) sung beautifully by Brett Kull and Ray Weston.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WillieB on February 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
On occasion an artist creates something (book, movie, music, painting, etc.) that just clicks with you. This disc is like that. The musical talent and compositional skills heard on this disc are staggering.

The stomping groove of "Georgia Pine" is the perfect beginning. The jazz tinged "Heavy Blue Miles" is loaded with great vocals, horn playing and arrangements. More terrific arranging gives the grim ballad "Lovesick Morning" hope. "Make Me Sway" is another great rocking tune. "The End Is Beautiful" has a little bit of everything and the talents of the band really shine. The chorus is awesome! "So Ready" has a funky groove thing going on. The lyrics of "Arc Of Descent" are a bit depressing but the music is uplifting. The disc ends with the up-tempo "Misery, Not Memory"... another great tune.

This disc won't click with everyone but all music lovers should give it a listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick R. Osborn on February 27, 2006
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I hate to compare bands, but if you took Tool, Primus and Spock's Beard and Steely Dan, and tossed them in a blender, the result might sound something like this; Echolyn's style is very difficult to describe. This release is definitely heavier than most of their other material, and as noted in other reviews, the lyrics are certainly darker. The tunes have incredible hooks, though, and the virtuosity of the band is amazing. Anyone with an adventerous ear will get a great buzz from this one. Truly amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on January 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To me, Echolyn's last two albums, "Cowboy Poems Free" and "Mei", are the best progressive rock albums since 1980 by anyone, anywhere. "The End Is Beautiful" isn't up to that standard, but it's still a fine album. The title cut, "Heavy Blue Miles", and "Georgia Pine" have already lodged in my head for days at a time. It rocks harder than any previous Echolyn album, though the lyrics are their most downbeat. After four months, I'm still not sure whether this is a very dark concept album. It goes from a war veteran just looking to get drunk ("Georgia Pine") to heartache ("Lovesick Morning"), toxic relationships ("The End Is Beautiful"), and finally suicide ("Arc of Descent" and "Misery, Not Memory"). Tom Hyatt, who didn't return when the band re-formed in the late 90s, is back now, and takes over most of Ray Weston's bass duties. Echolyn produced the album themselves, and the mix doesn't leave as much open space as William Barnes did on the last two albums. But it's not cluttered, and it rewards repeated listenings.

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