Upon first listen this CD didn’t impress me as much as Second Life Syndrome and Rapid Eye Movement but, in recent memory, I can’t think of a better example of “That one REALLY grew on me!!” Now it’s tied for 2nd with 2nd life, though I still think REM is their best effort to date. But this CD definitely proves one thing if nothing else, their song writing skills are growing by leaps and bounds.
And it’s also hard to pick a favorite at this point, I don’t think I’ve NOT listened to the entire thing, even on my MP3 player. Though the last ones, “Left Out” and “Hybrid Times” (the long ones), pack a heck of a 1-2 punch!!
At this point I think it goes without saying to get the version with the bonus DVD. Since spring me & my buddies have been complaining (on message boards and in chat rooms) about the lack of a live DVD, guess they heard us!!!
While the DVD doesn’t have my single favorite song, Cybernetic Pillow, it does have 3 of my top 5: Beyond the Eyelids, 02 Panic Room and Ultimate Trip (Rainbow Box being the fifth) so….how can I lose?!?! And, while it’s only stereo, no 5.1, it sounds just fine, very well produced!
If you like Riverside there is NO way you’ll be disappointed, especially a month later. And if you like powerprog, progmetal, symphonic metal (whatever they’re calling it this week) and want to check out Riverside, I’d say start with this because of the DVD. I still think REM is their best album…..by a hair.
Now…if we could just get them to tour over here, preferably opening for someone like Porcupine Tree or Tool…I’d be a happy man!