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Musical diversity is one of the hallmarks of Arjen
Lucassen's Ayreon project, and Lost in the New Real is no
exception to that tradition. The album features an array of
contrasting styles such as prog, rock, folk, metal, industrial
and even pop, arguably making this Arjen's most eclectic-
sounding album to date. This is a truly fearless album.
It's so eclectic you're really going to need an open mind to
get into it Arjen embraced the opportunity to follow his
muses without having to make any musical compromises.
Established projects like Ayreon or Star One carry with
them certain expectations -deviate too much from these
and you risk disappointing people. But not this time - this
is an unashamedly ego-maniac album where I follow my
heart, returning to my inspirational roots of the Beatles,
Floyd, and Zeppelin. Of course I hope that people will like
the results, but this album wasn't made with that intention
at all

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The New Real
  2. Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin
  3. Parental Procreation Permit
  4. When I'm A Hundred Sixty-Four
  5. E-Police
  6. Don't Switch Me Off
  7. Dr Slumber's Eternity Home
  8. Yellowstone Memorial Day
  9. Where Pigs Fly
  10. Lost in the New Real

Disc: 2

  1. Our Imperfect Race
  2. Welcome to the Machine [Pink Floyd]
  3. So is there No God?
  4. Veterans of the Psychic Wars [Blue Oyster Cult]
  5. The Social Recluse
  6. Battle of Evermore [Led Zeppelin]
  7. The Space Hotel
  8. Some Other Time [Alan Parsons Project]
  9. You Have Entered the Reality Zone
  10. I'm the Slim [Frank Zappa]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B007O3BGPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By I. Mitchell on May 17, 2012
Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the mastermind behind Ayreon, Star One and other projects, is back with a solo album. Gone are the numerous guest vocalists he's known for - Arjen handles the vocals himself.

After listening to this album, I came to a bit of a realization. I think Arjen's recent albums had become a bit too dependent on all the stellar singers he'd bring onboard, while the songwriting had slid a bit. Here, where he couldn't rely on guest singers, the focus returns to the songs. The album also sees the return of some of the humour and whimsy found on early Ayreon albums and missing from most of Arjen's more recent, bleaker work.

The musicianship is, as would be expected, strong. This is not a metal album - there's a lot of acoustic guitar and lighter music. Some of the songs play clear tribute to Arjen's influences. Arjen's vocals are nothing exceptional, but he gets the job done. The album also features narration by Rutger Hauer to carry the story between songs.

Overall I think this is Arjen's best album since the Human Equation - probably about a 4.5 star album.
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I first heard of Arjen through his group/projects with Ayreon. About 3 weeks ago I chose to spend all my gift money from Christmas to pump up my collection because of "The Theory of Everything-by Ayreon" being so solidly wonderful. "Lost in the New Real" I heard was maybe lighter, but I actually found it pretty deep, and fun. I consider it a classic, right up there with Dark Side of the Moon, or The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Those are not the same kind of music, but this CD just earns a place in that company for me. This CD is a little more pop minded, but then again how many songs about the largest volcano on earth now (yellowstone) coming alive do you get in the average pop song? Love the science/science fiction themes!

I even wrote to Mr Lucassen to give him praise (because he jokingly asks for it on the back of this CD....and you know what, he e-mailed me back. Brilliant musician, and just a fun guy. I think I will be buying whatever comes down the road next to by him. A wonderful find.
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Rutger Hauer was real cool addition to this. My favorite bands vary widely. Along with Progressive rock and metal now in my 50's, I grew up with Alan Parsons songs since his first album Tales of mystery and imagination so for me the song "Some Other Time" was the best on the album. I also grew up listening to BOC and have every CD (had every album before CDs). Mirrors was the first album I ever bought so "Veteran Of the Psychic Wars" was my next favorite. Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin everyone likes. Frank Zappa a special treat. I found my personal tastes were amazingly covered and made me feel like this adventure was for me. I've been an Arjen fan since Electric Castle and have enjoyed all of his projects. This is one of the best musically, meaning the chords and songs themselves were enjoyable, and with a very cool -Make You think- story that i will listen to a lot.
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There are some other very well written reviews on this new Arjen CD so I will keep my own review short and sweet.
If you enjoy Arjen and appreciate his musicianship/ Sci-fi humor, you will love this masterpiece. Be warned however, THIS IS NOT AN AYREON CD which means that there is no cast of guest vocalists. Most or all of the singing is performed by the big man himself who sounds fantastic.
Some of my personal highlights from the CD;
E-Police
Battle of Evermore
PBPZ
When I'm 164

Buy and enjoy!!!!
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Being a big Ayreon/Star One/Guilt Machine fan, I wasn't sure what to expect with this album. I'm a metal-head by nature, but have a great deal of love for this music Arjen puts out. This is how music should be, many instruments, layer upon layer of beautiful sounds and solid harmonies with a story, blending into heaviness but drifting into beauty. I wasn't sure how overarching the story would be, but it is truly great and most definitely up to par. I've listened to this album every day since I received it, and will continue for a while.

Arjen is not the only vocalist on the album, there's one other singer who does some harmonies. It's a great match and doesn't overshadow Arjen on the vocals, it just adds a little texture to the sound-scape.
The narration is fantastic, it works great to get you to understand where the next song is going.
Arjen touches on some very interesting possibilities of future technology, some things I hadn't ever thought of before such as computer generated music that blends styles between your favorite musicians; some of the topics of these songs really makes you think. I can't recommend this enough, and will be buying another copy in an attempt to convert my Dad to these beautifully scored stories.
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If, like me, you are new to Arjen Lucassen in all his various incarnations this is a perfect album to get started with.
There are great, singable melodies, powerful rhythms driving each song, a variety of tones and textures and thematic development.
If, on the other hand, you're ayreon fan then this might sound a bit recycled. As I began to explore previous works I noticed many of the melody lines had been reworked from previous albums. Had I been a long time fan, this album may have disappointed me. But as a new comer, it's hard to stop spinning it. The songs really stick in your head (in a good way).
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