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Am I ever glad I did.
I love the first album and listen to it quite often even after owning it for a few years. The mixed reviews of the 2nd album made me hesitate but I see I had no need to worry. True, the previous album is overall more of a classic, but here we have OSI gaining a focus and making some darn fine modern prog rock.
I miss Steve Wilson's contribution, but am a happy camper after a few spins of the disc. Oh, and be sure to get this bonus disc version -- you'll be glad you sprung for the extra tracks.
It sounds more electronic than their first one, and that's not a bad aspect at all. You can still hear Portnoy playing on various tracks, and his contribution is more than welcome. Otherwise the album would probably be completely different. There seems to be more vocals on this album as well, so fans of Moore's style of "singing" will be quite pleased.
As with their other album, it's well worth the extra dollars for the extra tracks. The bonus disc has no videos at all, which makes room for more songs. Nothing really different from the formula listeners will become accustomed to from the first disc, which is good. You can treat the 2nd disc as Part 2 of disc one, almost making this a double-album release. Here are the tracks for the 2nd disc:
1. OSIdea 9
2. Set It On Fire
4. When You're Ready (demo)
5. Remain Calm
6. Old War
Overall a great album. Not as powerful as their first, but still exceeding many of the bands that are out today. I'm anxious to hear what their 3rd album has and look forward to getting my hands on it soon.
Yes the 1 disc version is supper as was the original version of their first
Office of Strategic Influence which also had a German 2 disc version.
Only the Japanese edition is available on Amazon. But look for used copies if available.
and if you can't afford the 2 disc version...just go for the one CD...but you'll want more I think!
I love Kevin Moore's work with other side project Chroma Key,
and Mike Portnoy....need I say more???
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rashly bland turn towards electro-pop is about as super a prog-metal group does not get- only "Set It on Fire" on the more adventurous bonus disc seems to... Read more
I have both OSI Cd's and IMHO Free is the better. the songs are well written and the sampling of newscasts is cut to a minimum. the music and lyrics do all the talking! Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by antman