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Lost In The New Real (2CD Digi)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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;
Battle of Evermore
When I'm 164
Buy and enjoy!!!!
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best releases from 2012
Lucassen's second "solo" release continues (both musically and lyrically) somewhat in the Ayreon vein, but instead of employing the... Read more
bought this cd quite a while ago, and (just discovered) never got around to reviewing it. listening to it as i'm writing this, and loving it as much as the first time i listened to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by jjb
A masterpiece from Progressive Metal. With this album I discovered the great artist Arjen is... and I'm very addicted since then! Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Thiago Auler dos Santos
This one is too all over the place for me. And I don't care for Rutger's dialog at the start of every song.Published on July 30, 2012 by Opinion Nobody Asked You To Agree With
I will prequalify my review and say that I am both an Arjen fan and a fan of much of his inspirational artists. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Bobby B.
To be fair, I should say that I really enjoy everything Arjen puts out. That said, no surprise I'm going to rave about this release ... "RAVE"! Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Rock ON
After having listened to this album a few times now. I can truly say that this is a must
owned for any Ayreon fan. Read more