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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition, Import
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B00133FOAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silenced
2. Breath In, Breath Out
3. Where Can I Go
4. Masters Of War
5. This Is Not A Prog Song
6. Watch Myself
7. Stranger
8. River
9. Choose What You Want To Look At
10. Turn Back The Clock
11. Scared And Alone (bonus track)
12. Reach The Sun (bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

As the wave of new European progressive rock continues to break on the shores of North America, an obvious few have risen to the top in both critical and audience acclaim. Following in the footsteps of Porcupine Tree and Riverside, Germany s RPWL is now ready to stake their claim with the release of their fifth studio album, The RPWL Experience .

Aptly titled, the album takes the listener on a journey through soundscapes that are equally entertaining and thought provoking. Discovery is the theme, and RPWL have delivered musical and lyrical visions that will always provide something new with each listen, as fans of the genre demand. The RPWL Experience is certain to be one of the most important progressive rock releases of 2008.

The Special Edition comes housed in a special slip case and contains two bonus tracks.

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I was listening to "The RPWL Experience" yesterday and marveled at how excellent this album is.
x_bruce
While the aesthetics that made the classic RPWL sound are still intact, they have also branced off into other musical terrains, with great results.
Murat Batmaz
I would have to say that, so far, this is one of the best albums of 2008 and their best release out of their collection.
Glenn O. Kirms

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Russ Bellinger on May 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
RPWL has really acheived something unique with this release. The music is simply awesome and has such depth and a really timeless feel. It even has a touch of comedy and laughter when they make out how they appear to the music business (This Is Not A Prog Song) sounding a bit like XTC . They have come very, very close to becoming equals in songwriting and performing as their heroes Pink Floyd. But they have managed not to directly copy them in any way, thus creating their own unique sound. It is hard to put a finger on it exactly. One moment the band sounds like Pink Floyd or Dave Gilmour ( Breathe In, Breathe Out and Masters Of War) the next they sound like Camel or early King Crimson (Talk To The River). This creates a wonderful experience in sound and listening. It gets to the point about the corruption of this world and finds the soul of the individual man as it offers some spiritual depth and healing. The beautiful chords used in many of these songs is really fantastic. I haven't heard playing on this level in many years. It is classic. It rocks. It speaks. A true experience for the senses. If you don't buy another CD this year, make sure you have this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 4, 2008
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In perspective of other RPWL albums, especially their critically acclaimed World Through My Eyes, their new disc sees the band growing into a darker and heavier entity. While the aesthetics that made the classic RPWL sound are still intact, they have also branced off into other musical terrains, with great results.

On The RPWL Experience, the band demonstrates a heavier emphasis on their lyrical aspect, particularly on the lengthier pieces. The album opener "Silence" is quite illustrative of this. It is a politically conscious track with a comparatively rawer edge, unlike their previous material. That said, in parts, it still is concocted from their Floydian side, but the main verses of the tune boast a distinct yearning for angrier guitar tones, full-sounding drums, and even some cool electronic elements. The transitions from these dirty passages to clean-sung acoustic verses is seamless and beautiful, creating a dynamic aura. However, it is the experimental instrumental break what makes it one of their best songs to date. Comprised of atonal guitar voicings, a fat bass figure, and some processed vocal parts, the tune eerily recalls mid-90's King Crimson or Porcupine Tree's Deadwing.

Likewise, they further develop this aesthetic on "Stranger", noteworthy for the juxtaposition of the band's anti-war statements and the tune's warfare-evoking musical landscape. Its opening riffs are unconventionally heavy, rife with sturdy bass lines and propulsive drumming. The chorus, on the other hand, is distinctly melodic with quieter acoustic chords and shimmering synth washes. The mid-point of the song displays a free-form jam with wah-drenched guitar wails and atypical bass accents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
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You have to hand it to reviewer Murat Batmaz of Istanbul. Whenever he reviews a prog album, he does it in such a way as to make it hard to add anything useful to his comments. However, even though I greatly respect his opinion I have to differ with him on the overall quality of The RWPL Experience (Special Edition).
RWPL is definitely a band on the way up but I find the power of the vocals is often overwhelmed by the power of the music. I do enjoy this CD, but it is certainly not the powerhouse I was led to expect. The best songs are Silenced and Masters of War. Other than that, it is rather uneven. This Is Not A Prog Song is far too poppy, Stranger epitomizes my comments about the mismatch between the music and the vocals, Choose What You Want To Look At suffers in the beginning from some jivey rap-metal, and the final cuts Turn Back the Clock and Reach For the Sun sound like they are being played by an entirely different band.
Those complaints aside, there is a lot to like here as you listen to RWPL continue to evolve. The CD is called a "special edition" presumably because a pair of bonus tracks are tacked on. It comes with an attractive booklet filled with artwork, lyrics, and pertinent album information. If you are a fan of modern prog, by all means give RWPL a listen.
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I was listening to "The RPWL Experience" yesterday and marveled at how excellent this album is. Clocking in at over 77:00 there is no filler and many, many highlights.

Listening to the opening song, "Silenced" is a literal explanation of RPWL's sound and the styles they cover, which are many and done impeccably well. We are taken on a near - pop song that feels not only catchy, but like it will run in the four minute range, only to take a sharp curve to hard rocking prog, then symphonic prog. The manipulation of the song zigging and zagging thru various themes with an expected, and hoped for, return to the pop segment of "Silenced".
It is an album in a song, so to speak.

For the next several songs the intensity continues with various forms of pop/rock and progressive weaved artfully together.
What makes this so exceptional is how melodic RPWL stay in a genre not always known for an instant payoff. And yet the same songs refuse to bow to pop tradition and pay more attention to the progressive rock style where anything goes.

"Breathe In, Breathe Out" sounds better than anything Pink Floyd has done since Meddle, or if you liked later Floyd material, as good as anything from "Dark Side..." or "Wish You Were Here". Keep in mind RPWL were a Pink Floyd cover band in their early years, as "This Is Not A Prog Song" alludes to in its somewhat bitter lyrics to some critics.

Note: while compared to Porcupine Tree (another favorite of mine) it is worth considering that PT's sound took a major change with "Stupid Dream" and really kicked into the sound most people identify them with on "In Absentia" onward to "Fear of a Blank Planet". If anything, RPWL's development has been parallel.
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