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World Through My Eyes
Label: InsideOut Music America
Length: 10 Tracks/70:51 (Standard Edition)
Oh, this is fresh! Take Pink Floyd, add some U2, mix in some Radiohead and you just might come up with RPWL, a stellar German progressive rock band that continues to impress with their latest release World Through My Eyes. Since receiving the CD I have spun it many times and now my children are asking to borrow it, always a sign that a project is impressive. World Through My Eyes features a mesmerizing mélange of great guitar tone, atmospheric keyboards, dreamy vocals, and touches of world beat rhythms (sitar sounds, exotic percussion, etc.). Vocalist/keyboardist Yogi Lang shines with smooth vocals reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour (not surprising since RPWL began life as a Floyd cover band). Yogi’s English is near perfect, but the slight hint of his accent (to this American’s ears) adds a splendid dimension and depth.
From a lyrical perspective, RPWL makes the case that we are chasing the wrong goals. Lang states, “…the power of money has been, by default, the measure of satisfaction and happiness for a long time now. We have replaced our need for intuition with material gain, resulting in the terrible fact that we are now controlled by outside forces.” To make the point, _World Through My Eyes_ refers to Hindu mythology, somewhat reminding me of the spiritual connection made in the music of George Harrison. Here is a lyrical sample from the song “Start the Fire”:
Out in the land I heard some people sayWorld Through My Eyes is a rich, exciting, and enthralling work that challenges and entertains. As an added bonus, former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson turns in a stellar vocal performance on the cut “Roses.” If your are looking for a change of pace from the top 40 norm, give RPWL’s World Through My Eyes a spin. You won’t regret it!
Visit RPWL on the web here: http://www.rpwl.de/
DJ Barry 1/27/2005