I was never a fan of live albums. But damn Ayreon Universe kicked my ass. It worked a lot better than The Theater Equation imo. Even when the original singers weren't there, they were replaced by the good person. I wasn't thrilled by some replacements on The Theater Equation so that was a nice surprise.
This album's just not clicking for me for some reason. I loved Ayreon's last 3 albums in a row and 90% of the singers on "The Source" are favorites of mine but this album just sounds...uninspired somehow. I like the story but the vocal melodies and songwriting just seem forgettable this time around. Maybe it'll grow on me though.
I think part of the problem is that I just can't connect with the story or characters here (despite what I said before about liking the story). On "Human Equation" and "Theory of Everything" I felt emotionally connected to the story and characters. "01011001" had something storywise that pulled me in too. Here I can't connect to anything for some reason. That's why I found it forgettable. It's not a bad album, but it's one of his weaker ones in my opinion.
I do love Ayreon but lately I feel like a bunch of the songs are fillers and the vocal melodies are as simple as they can get, like they gave the singers a piece of paper and said, there, read that and add some melody to it. It's so simplistic and rarely does a song stand out. I see everybody is so excited about the new album but to me, it's so far from The Human Equation or 01011001 in terms of quality song writting.
something i just realised: the planet in The Source is called Alpha, right? and they flee to Planet Y and they trade away emotions for immortality, right? and when the colonist uses the dream sequencer to visit Planet Y, he observes that "there seems to be no motion", right? so, basically, what i'm trying to say here is that Motion Personified Alpha
It's a solid album -- but I would put it as third best behind Human Equation and the 'binary' album. I think it's neck and neck with Dream Sequencer for that third spot. (Power Metal fans will probably rank it higher than me, though. I've always been more on the progressive side of the metal fence.)
Well... maybe! Except I don't think if Karevik even shined, compared to something like The Great Escape, the track... Otherwise I agree, only once through the whole album so far but I feel I already got the story and the songs were really really good this time!
Well, yes, his normal vocals = shining, anyway, so, I said it wrong there. ^^
What a great album, almost every song is awesome. Another near perfect product from Arjen's camp! The vocals are pretty even here, almost no-one outclasses the other.
Nah, teasing aside, I thought you put it well! Maybe it's because all the other vocalists are so equally talented/even, or Arjen made sure no one overpowered anyone, but Karevik doesn't really have a shining solo moment on this record- at least, I haven't picked up on one yet!
mid-90's & early 00's Ayreon, ending with The Human Equation project was cool & fun... but this prog/space-rock opera thing seems a bit dull and excessive with all story behind. 'The Theory of Everything' is a pure example of that: big pile of everything and nothing memorable at the same time.