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Ayreon — The Source

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★★ This album is batshit insane. I’d never even heard of this dude until two weeks ago. Then I popped on the first track, and after about a minute, I was all, “Is that… James Labrie?!” Then I checked out the personnel listing on this album. Eleven vocalists! I’m not entirely sure how this blatantly disjointed approach to guest musicianship avoids devolving into a modern prog version of Spinal Tap’s “Break Like The Wind”. All I can tell you is that, for all this space opera’s shortcomings, it’s so earnest, so internally consistent, and so shamelessly excessive that I couldn’t help but smile.