Retrospective
Lost In Perception


4.5
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Review

by pandino USER (1 Reviews)
December 11th, 2012 | 26 replies | 2,054 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In many ways this is a very mature piece of work, layered and thoughtful with strong production. This is yet another album that proves that prog music is very much alive and well in Poland, and luckily their website can be read by those who prefer English

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Retrospective is representing the young generation of Polish prog rock bands. The band has been active for about 7 years now; however, they've released only two full length albums: "Stolen Thoughts", that was released in 2008, and the newest album "Lost In Perception" released in 2012, and which this review will be about. It is also worth mentioning that the band released an EP "Spectrum Of The Green Morning" in 2007, which allowed them to gain recognition not only in Polish prog rock scene, but also worldwide.

"Lost In Perception" is an album which allows Retrospective to reach a wider audience. Music on this release is similar to hit rock songs on the radio, but not loosing the band's progressive nature. They perfectly combine these two musical worlds: popular and alternative.

Certainly the biggest step forward for this band was changing the label. "Stolen Thoughts" was released under polish label LYNX Music, and their latest album is signed with German label logo: Progressive Promotion Records, which the band was involved in 2011. It is quite possible that Retrospective's show at 5th Anniversary of Progressive Promotion Festival in Rüsselsheim impressed Oliver Wenzler - owner of PPR label.

Retrospective is a band consisting of six musicians, and that is a collective not to tear down. Yes - there was a little turbulence on the vocalist position, but now the formation is in the original configuration. Jakub Roszak is the singer, who has a very strong and rough vocalist but with great potential in his voice. Jakub's vocal delivery showcases influences from Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam. There are also two guitarists in the band: Maciej Klimek and Alan Szczepaniak. Their playing gives this music a perfect climate, though they are not often showing off with spectacular solos. Rhythm section is formed with Robert Kusik - drums, and Łukasz Marszałek, who plays bass. The sixth member and only woman in the band is Beata Łagoda , who plays keyboards, and also sings. As she sings, her delicate and melodic voice perfectly harmonizes with the lead singer.

"Lost In Perception" is a nine-track LP maintained in the art/prog rock genre. But as I said - there are compositions that can be successful hits. One of these is the song "Ocean Of A Little Thoughts", which is the shortest track on the album. This cheerful song, driven by a simple guitar riff has a great catchy chorus and a fantastic guitar solo. Certainly a song that will appeal to everyone. But the album also has some stronger, more metal-like parts like "Huge, Black Hole", which hits the listener with a heavy riff right from the begining.

Retrospective is taking influences from more highly acclaimed artists of similar style. The best example should be "Musical Land". This song is reminding me the music from "Thrak" by King Crimson. Guitar is reminiscent of Fripp's playing style from that time. There are a lot more references to legendary bands on this album. The longest track is "Swallow The Green Tones", it is about 10 minuts, and the begining of it reminds almost everyone the brilliant "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd. Later, however, the song turns into a great and inventive prog-composition, filled with very good ideas. Another amazing track is "Tommorow Will Change", which is a bit like the tip of the nature raised by Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" - expecially on the ending, and it mix it with a progressive metal style a'la Tool. "Lunch" is another excellent song, which concept is similar to "Riders On The Storm" from The Doors. There is a melodic bass line and simple percussion rhythm in the background creating some soothing sounds, and the guitars are playing fantastic melodic solos one by one. It's a big plus for musicians who dared to directly and openly refer to as big bands, but they are not copying their music at any moment. That's just my associations, which agree with several other listeners I know. Finally the song "The End Of The Winter Lethargy", which is a first single from "Lost In Perception" (you can find a music video on official Retrospective's YouTube channel). This is an opening track, which features the entire release in its entirety. It is both progressive and combative.

Retrospective released mature and thoughtful album. "Lost In Perception" is the essence of modern progressive rock, dressed in the most adorable form. I recommend reaching for that LP and checking it out. The album guarantees that every audition will make listener discover something new on it. This album does not have a very weak points, but there are some a bit weaker, like "Our Story Is Beginning Now". But they do not spoil the whole picture of "Lost In Perception". I recommend!


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Wombat988
December 11th 2012



387 Comments


I'll let other members of Sputnik tell you the many ways this review could be improved.

Wombat988
December 11th 2012



387 Comments


If any of them bother to comment that is

sixdegrees
December 11th 2012



15718 Comments


i'd recommend describing the actual sound/style of the record more than just throwing out genre tags and comparisons to other bands.

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sixdegrees
December 11th 2012



15718 Comments


also, there's no reason for half of the review to be a quote from another writer. use your own words. In addition, there
are numerous grammatical errors and the entire thing reads awkwardly. I'd advise you to go back and edit your review
with these things in mind.

RetroSpective
December 11th 2012



822 Comments


i like the band name

Toondude10
December 11th 2012



1807 Comments


Bad review dude. I'm sorry.

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Etrius
December 21st 2012



47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe his native language is not english. it´s his first review and he just wanted to get attention to a band he thought worthy of it. maybe he doesn´t give damn if his review doesn´t meet high standards. back to the music - the album itself is quite good.

listen to this then judge or not
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx5Vn6UvSZ4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JNboIWN-O8


pandino
December 26th 2012



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's right what Etrius wrote. That is my first review in english, and I admit I must work on it. I will edit it soon and it will be better I think Sorry for that, I'm new here and wanted to "try" this website how does it work, and what is that all about. So I wrote the review in few minutes, just as a try.

mindleviticus
December 26th 2012



7937 Comments


Why didn't you just write it in a different language? You can do that on this site; it's not like
you're restricted to one language. There are a few reviews that have done that. Maybe then you could
have written a better review.

pandino
December 26th 2012



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@mindleviticus I'll do that and then translate it into english, and give someone to check it for grammatical issues. I think it will be the best way to write a good review. BTW writing such texts is a good exercise and good way of improving my english. It will take me a while, but I will do it as soon as I have some time for that.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


However the band exists about 7 years now, they released only two full lenght albums


The band has been active for about 7 years now; however, they've released only two full length albums.

and newest album


and *the newest album

Music on this release is sometimes even like rock radio hits, but it is not like the band is running away from progressive rock! They perfectly combine these two musical worlds. But who said that prog rock cannot be a hit?


This is really awkward. You could say that they sound similar to hit rock songs on the radio without abandoning their prog rock sound. The way you have it worded is just weird. Also, don't ask rhetorical questions.

the big step


*biggest

Progressive Promotion Records, which the band involved in 2011.


*was involved

raugh


do you mean "rough" or http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=raugh?

It combines something from Bruce Dickinson and Eddie Veder. There are also tho guitarists in the band: Maciej Klimek and Alan Szczepaniak


The first sentence is poorly word. The singer is a person; you shouldn't refer to him as an it. You could word it something like this: "His vocal delivery showcases influences from Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam". The second sentence should have a two instead of tho.






mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


Sixth member is Beata Łagoda, the only lady in band, who plays keyboards, and from their last album is also singing. As she sings! Her delicate and melodic voice perfectly harmonize with the lead singer.


Unclear/confusing. Try this: The sixth member and only woman in the band is Beata Łagoda , who plays keyboards, and also sings. As she sings, her delicate and melodic voice perfectly harmonizes with the lead singer.

But back to the album.


Back to the album? You haven't talked about any of the music on here yet! Get rid of this.

in art/prog rock genre


in *the art/prog rock genre

can be successfully hits


successful

After all it's prog rock, and let write something about that. Well, we have here a lot of progressive rock from the highest level!


This is just poorly worded. You could probably just get rid of this and say that they are taking influences from more highly acclaimed artists of similar style.

which create a little bit chillout climate


Doesn't make any sense / I have no idea what you're talking about.


mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


opelny refer to as big bands, but! They are not coping their music in any moment.


*openly / *but / *copying / *at any moment


To sum up:


Colons should only be used if you have ended an independent clause. "To sum up" is a dependent
clause and requires a comma.

essense


*essence

LP and check it


checking it out

The album guarantees that every audition will make listener discover something new in it, and
tracks will change the position of the most favourite of the album - becouse they are on a very even
level.


Very unclear



mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


Don't feel too discouraged that there are a lot of mistakes. This IS your first review (or so I
assume) after all, and maybe it just translated wrong?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2012



30294 Comments


Oh I think he's discouraged alright, he just reported one of your posts!

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mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


what? which one?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2012



30294 Comments


Your third one of proposed edits

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012



7937 Comments


Uh okay...shame on me. He asked me to edit it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2012



30294 Comments


YOU'RE ON THIN ICE BUDDY, WATCH IT

sixdegrees
December 30th 2012



15718 Comments


how dare you help people improve their writing

Dev, I am requesting that you ban this user



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