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3 stars Schizophrenic Prayer is a single released with the Riverside album Rapid Eye Movement (2007). Itīs very seldom singles hold any real value to me but Schizophrenic Prayer is a bit different.

The single starts out with the album version of the song Schizophrenic Prayer. So no surprises here. Itīs one of the best songs on Rapid Eye Movement though and I find it beautiful. Rainbow Trip is the only real new song here. Itīs an instrumental piece heavily inspired by Pink Floyd around Wish You Were Here (1975). Itīs a very good song and it could have been a great addition to Rapid Eye Movement. Beyond the Eyelids are an album track from Rapid Eye Movement which has been reworked here and called Behind the Eyelids. I find it pretty exciting and not as heavy as the original version. The fourth track Rapid Eye Movement is also a reworked song from the Rapid Eye Movement album. Itīs a pretty ambient version of the song, that is nice and enjoyable allthough not too exciting IMO. There are parts from different songs here. The last song is a remix of Schizophrenic Prayer. This version sounds more electronic and ambient than the original, itīs allright but nothing special.

Both the production and the musicianship are top notch, and I wonīt go into details here, as I already wrote about this in my review of Rapid Eye Movement.

I think this is a great addition to the Riverside discography and for fans of the band this is a must. The reworked versions will probably scare some away, but I think itīs a great initiative. Rainbow Trip, as the only new song, is the most interesting treat here though. With a Total Time of 32:46 you really get something for your money. I think this release would be an excellent addition to your prog rock/ metal collection and I will give Schizophrenic Prayer 3.5 stars.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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