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RPWL's new album 'World Through My Eyes' offers over 70 minutes of melodic rock residing on relatively soft soundscapes. The music is laidback melodic soft rock with some progressive elements scattered here and there (reminding of classic neo-prog). Their music is a blend of Genesis, Vast, Porcupine Tree, The Tangent, Spock's Beard, Ayreon, Marillion and Arena (at least those are the bands, to whose fans this release might appeal).
According to InsideOut, this is RPWL's best album so far. Unfortunately, I haven't had the change to listen to RPWL's music before (although this is already their fourth album). Nevertheless, 'World Through My Eyes' proves to be quite good melodic rock album. Their sound is somewhat unique, consisting of some Indian elements as well as psychedelic (in the vein of Pink Floyd). However, the Pink Floyd influence isn't so easy to recognize. Regardless, RPWL's music remains near to easy listening at all times. One special treat on this album is Ray Wilson's guest performance on 'Roses'.
Production-wise this album has been done quite well. The sounds are clean and the mix is good. Also mastering has been done well. However, there was a clip on track 6 at 8:05... In addition to the Regular Edition, there's also a Special Edition Hybrid-SACD with 5.1 mix and bonus track available.
Although 'World Through My Eyes' is quite basic melodic rock album and doesn't differ from the mass so well, it does offer rather well composed music. If you like softer rock with some progressive elements (Vast, the Flower Kings' Adam & Eve and the like), you might want to check out the samples on RPWL's website.
Release date: 24.01.2005
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- MAGE (30.12.2004)
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