02. We Are What We Are (The Keeper) 09:16
03. Beyond Man And Time (Time Blind) 06:28
04. Unchain The Earth (The Scientist) 07:06
05. The Ugliest Man In The World (The Ugly) RPWL 07:53
06. The Road Of Creation (The Creator) 06:27
07. Somewhere In Between (The Dream Of Saying Yes) 02:03
08. The Shadow 05:57
09. The Wise In The Desert (I. T.W.I.T.D. - II. The Silenced Song) 05:39
10. The Fisherman (I. High As A Mountain Part 1 & 2 – II. The Abyss) 16:19
11. The Noon (The Eternal Moment Of Return) 03:59
“The goal is to open eyes, look further, see more, and see differently. Words that everybody approves of are not going to lead to progress. We call that: “deadlock of the spirit”. Too many approaches of our time disappear in the void of the equal – the conformist.” Yogi Lang.
This is the follow up from the highly acclaimed "The RPWL Experience" from 2008. In the time between, a dvd and double re-arranged "best of" and solo albums saw the daylight. Kalle with his "Blind Ego" went to the more rockier side, Yogi with "No Decoder" showed his love for the laid back Pink Floydish style songs; "No Decoder" is a far underrated album to my humble opinion. A review of that album you can find here.|
The band did a lot of touring with the five-piece band, it is the same line-upp as here on the cd (with a few guest):
Kalle Wallner - guitars and backing vocals
Marc Turiaux - drums
Markus Jehle - keyboards &
Werner Taus - bass and backing vocals
04 Unchain the earth (the scientist)
Yes, this is RPWL how we know it, clean well-produced fresh sound, tempo changes, melodic, middle-eastern influences, sitar, excellent percussion that grooves your soul, guitar-based, spaces filled with little licks, layers of keyboards, moogs, tunes, sounds, lyrics with a meaning.
The second song is called " We Are What We Are (The Keeper)" and has all the ingredients that made RPWL what they are now; a rock band with potential.
The tittle track is a smooth lullaby, Kalle's guitar solo lifts it to higher places.
Track four, "Unchain the Earth (the Scientist)", is an up-tempo song, with reminiscing of their single "Roses", maybe with some hints to U2. A shorter version would make this a great catchy single, fine melodies and a sing-a-long chorus. Yogi's voice fits perfectly with the atmosphere and the mood of the song. And at top of the icecream; a solo from Kalle hands. His guitar sound can't be captured in one guitar hero, but his portrait wouldn't be misplaced next to Sir David Gilmour in the Hall of fame and glorie. Yes, a "Top 10 single", without misunderstanding.
The Shadow reminded me of Christ Postl, the original ex-bass player from “rPwl”, a bit Alan Parsons kind of song to me, with some nice slide playing.
11 The noon (the eternal moment of return)
The Fisherman is the epic, so if they like it or not, or maybe they still don't know what prog is; this is Prog, with a capital "P". In the vein of early King Crimson. In this song all the characters meet, all comes together and we see a glimpse of the solution. It's great to hear an old fashioned Marilionesque keyboard loop in this one. This song has more ingredients of excellent neo-prog stylish Music. And again a clear emotional driven guitar solo that gives the song an extra-ordinary boost to perfection.
The CD closes with “Noon (the eternal moment of return)", a slow quite song, reflective lyrics, a Yogi who thinks he has found his heaven, for a while.
Overall: excellent art-rock/neo-prog album that combines all the best of their previous work in one
clear flawless produced album. I guess with good publicity this album could be their breakthrough, because it's easy
to access, some songs are more poppy, smooth approached, but have enough layers and depths that could capture the mind of people
that are fan of Pink Floyd or like the latest albums of bands like Anathema or Blackfield. But RPWL has found their own sound.
Looking forward to see them live again. Tourdates you can be found here below.
Thx to Tim Hall for the editing, Alex for the feedback and all at RPWL for their tunes,
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands
02 We are what we are (the Keeper)
You never makes me shiver
And creeping on my way staying on my path
In all i’ve ever seen
In all that crossed my heart
I never lost my love 2x
Standing on the mountain
Searched a for a common place
Till the night came down
I’ve seen your mothers and you fathers
The world from where you came
But never saw your home
And finally we are what we are what we will ever be
A life full of science
knowledge but as far as we can see
And afterall we came a long way
But still the day remains the same
A new world in our hearts and our dreams
But still too far away
You never searched the heavens
But down the poison tow
You did it on your own
You learned to crossing over
Reached the higher place
Got it all to go
Set out for other places
You’ve to go down with a smile
Finally we are what we are
What we will ever be
life full of science,
knowledge but only as far as we can see
And afterall we came a long way but still the game remains the same
A new world in hearts and our dreams
But still too far away
I’ll be your shepherd
I want go along with you
But I’m on your side
Go and tell your heart
my heart is pass about to come walking on with pride
And after all we came a long way
But the game remains to be the same
A new world in our hearts and in our dreams
But still too far away...
And there he is Kalle...
he sings with his guitar, heavenly...
RPWL TOUR 2012:
14.04.2012 NL - Zoetermeer (Culturpodium Boerderij)
PROGDREAMS WITH RPWL, THE ENID, AIRBAG
& QUANTUM FANTAY: De Boerderij Zoetermeer.
15.04.2012 B - Verviers (
Spirit Of 66)
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