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The Human Equation

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 9.0
Music: 8.5
Production: 9.5

Arjen Lucassen has once again gathered together some of today's leading musicians to perform on his new record 'The Human Equation'. Fans were anxiously waiting for this album, because the line-up rose their expectations... Well, I must admit I was thrilled to insert the new Ayreon CD in my player too.

Songs are stylistically the same as older Ayreon songs. As with all Ayreon albums, all of the songs aren't so good... Some of the songs are mediocre, but there are also really good songs. Of vocal performances, Devon Graves' and James LaBrie's impressed me the most. Also the other singers did a good job. By the way, listening to Ayreon albums is a good way to discover new artists.

The length is over 1 hour and 42 minutes, so there's enough material to listen. However, this album isn't perfect. Although the songs cover quite big gamut of genres, I still think there was something missing. Regardless, I cant direct my finger at it. 'The Human Equation' is still a great album and I recommend it to fans of Progressive Rock/Metal.

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- MAGE (19.06.2004)

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Lucassen, Arjen: All Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitars,
Mandoline, Lap Steele Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Hammond
Warby, Ed: All Drums and Percussion

Acoustic Instruments:
Baba, Robert: All Violins
van der Heyden, Marieke: All Cellos
McManus, John: Low Flute on Days 13, 16 and 18, and whistle on Day 18.
Goossens, Jeroen: Flute on Days 5 and 14, Panpipes on Day 6,
Descant and Treble Recorder on Day 13, Didgeridoo on Day 16,
Bassoon on Day 18.

Additional Keyboards and Solos:
van den Broek, Joost: Synth Solo on Day 2, Spinet on Day 13
Orford, Martin: Synth Solo Day 15
Hensley, Ken: Hammond Solo on Day 16
Wakeman, Oliver: Synth Solo on Day 17

Clayton, Eric as Reason
Findlay, Heather as Love
Åkerfeldt, Mikael as Fear
Ekwall, Magnus as Pride
Lucassen, Arjen as Best Friend
LaBrie, James as Me
Bowio, Marcela as Wife
Baker, Mike as Father
Jansen, Irene as Passion
Graves, Devon as Agony
Townsend, Devin as Rage
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Ayreon - The Human Equation  CD  Cover Image
CD 1
01. Day one: Vigil
02. Day two: Isolation
03. Day three: Pain
04. Day four: Mystery
05. Day five: Voices
06. Day six: Childhood
07. Day seven: Hope
08. Day eight: Scholl
09. Day nine: Playground
10. Day ten: Memories
11. Day eleven: Love

CD 2
12. Day twelve: Trauma
13. Day thirteen: Sign
14. Day fourteen: Pride
15. Day fifteen: Betrayal
16. Day sixteen: Loser
17. Day seventeen: Accident?
18. Day eighteen: Realization
19. Day nineteen: Disclosure
20. Day twenty: Confrontation
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