Riverside
Out of Myself


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Butler EMERITUS
January 24th, 2007 | 151 replies | 8,933 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riverside's 2004 debut automatically positions them as one of the most interesting, enjoyable prog rock bands in the world.

Though I have only just recently discovered them myself, and I might not have spent enough time with their music to make a true, lasting judgement, I've already come to see Riverside as a mighty fine band; perhaps, one of the best in the world right now. Perhaps this view is helped by the fact that they share a name with Middlesbrough's football stadium, but there are about a dozen concrete reasons to love this band. They're very able songwriters, and everybody in the band is clearly very talented at what they do - both vital for making progressive rock that doesn't disappear up its own backside, or bore everyone to death.

In fact, quite the opposite is true for Riverside. Their music is powerful in a subtle kind of way, their sound is brought together from disparate influences (the usual suspects like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree are most obvious, but there's slight elements of metal, arena rock, grunge, and even dub) yet remains stunningly coherent, their compositions are gripping, and the band are unique without being smug about it. In other words, this could well be the prog band you've been looking for all your life.

It's the guitarist that stands out for me, though. I've long held the impression that David Gilmour is one of the greatest guitarists ever, maybe evn the best, simply because nobody can play the things he does as well as he can. His tone, vibrato, dynamics, mode choice, everything, is perfect, and nobody's ever replicated the things he's done. Riverside make me challenge that statement, because this and Second Life Syndrome are, without a doubt, the best Gilmour impressions I have ever heard. And far from being intended as a swipe at Piotr Grudzinski's lack of originality (which would be an idiotic claim anyway), it's very much intended as a compliment of the highest order.

Perhaps, the album's biggest delights are saved for the last 3 tracks. The soaring melody in "In Two Minds" is beautiful, and naggingly reminiscent of several other songs without feeling derivative. "The Curtain Falls" has some fantastic, inventive bass work, and a beautiful extended instrumental outro where Grudzinski gets to show off just how much emotion he can squeeze out of a few simple notes. The closer, "OK", is a resigned, yet defiant, ballad, that simultaneously sounds like it could have slotted very nicely onto The Wall, and yet manages to be idiosyncractic enough to not really sound that much like Pink Floyd at all.

This stands alongside Opeth's Damnation and Dredg's El cielo as the best prog rock release of the new millenium. The follow-up, Second Life Syndrome, is very nearly its equal, the only real differences being slightly less interesting songs and a more assured vocal performance from Mariusz. If they sustain this level of quality, Riverside could go on to become on the biggest cult bands in the world if they sustain this level of quality. They might even make Poland fashionable. Imagine that.



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Iai
Emeritus
January 24th 2007



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another transfer from my other account.

Doppelganger
January 24th 2007



3124 Comments


Another great review. I have Second Life Syndrome and love it, so I'll definitely be checking this one out.

cb123
November 2nd 2010



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this album is awesome right the way through

KILL
August 22nd 2012



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool stuff

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

OmairSh
October 27th 2012



10984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The keyboard presence is immense on this record. Drums sound ridiculously timid

Digging: Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

KILL
November 5th 2012



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the opening synths rip off twin peakz hard sweet

aggelosm
May 23rd 2013



470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best after ADHD. Wish the guitar solos were better. the "I am" part of 'the same river' is fantastic. Loose heart is my favorite song from this. The outro is sick! I love when Duda get angry!

Artuma
May 23rd 2013



12718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Same River > every other Riverside song ever

Digging: Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn

aggelosm
May 23rd 2013



470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Left out or Hybrid times or Loose heart.... F*ck I can't choose..

OmairSh
May 23rd 2013



10984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the "I am" part of 'the same river' is fantastic [20000]

Love the atmosphere on this record.

Actually Hybrid Times > every other Riverside song ever



OmairSh
May 23rd 2013



10984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

10 comments what a joke, no love

Artuma
May 23rd 2013



12718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol but this isn't the featured review is it?

Artuma
May 23rd 2013



12718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh... it seems to be. come on sputnik

OmairSh
May 23rd 2013



10984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The other one has 2 pages

OmairSh
May 23rd 2013



10984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know, I've been wanting to bump the rating for some time

Artuma
May 23rd 2013



12718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a total of 40 comments, seriously



it has almost 300 ratings!

aggelosm
May 23rd 2013



470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

""Actually Hybrid Times > every other Riverside song ever

They shoud rename this song to 'eargasmator'

aggelosm
May 23rd 2013



470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

100 comments... yuuuupiiii -.-

Artuma
May 23rd 2013



12718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woohoo, let's jam some Riverside for that

tiesthatbind
May 23rd 2013



7374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seriously, this album needs so much more love. 2nd best Riverside.

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