Artist/ Band: Robert Svilpa
Title: The Sound of Thoughts
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2005
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The Review:

I feel very lucky to have reviewed such fantastic music over the years and Robert Svilpa’s debut The Sound of Thoughts can be counted as one of those. I’m always weary of getting albums by unknown acts but this release has surpassed any of my expectations, in fact I’d say it has raised the bar. Plus on the first listen it really swept me off my feet by captivated my aural senses.

Most of the themes Robert tackles on The Sound of Thoughts are on the rather depressing side of things (death, addiction, fear and society gone awry). But do not despair, there are two songs that celebrate love and family (“Never Leave Behind” and “Father to Son”).

The music Robert makes is basically modern American progressive rock, with the emphasis made mostly on the rock part. Robert expresses himself in various styles within the prog rock spectrum, going from a pop/rock songs like “Legend in His Own Mind” to a epic twenty-minute prog piece like “Lady in a Cage”. Also Robert shines on several instrumental pieces, some are quite complex such as“Pentelho Vermelho” as well as the spacey title track. It seems most reviewer’s highlights, mine included is “Lady in a Cage”, which has great theatrical feel between the instruments and vocals, beautiful symphonic keyboards and for the modern touch, some well placed crunching guitar parts.

There are so many influences and comparisons that I’ve heard on this album but if I had to name a few, they’d range from current bands such as House of Not, Porcupine Tree, IQ and Arena to classic bands as Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis and Kansas.

The Sound of Thoughts is a fantastic debut and by far one of the better ones of the year. For those that care, the album is 72 minutes. In the digital age, I feel that is a blessing to be able to give so much music especially for those on a budget. This is also one of the very few albums I’ve listened to straight through several times and each time enjoying it even more. This is a very recommended album!

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on September 20th, 2005

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1. Heartbeat Failing
2. The Weaver's Loom pt 1
3. Pentelho Vermelho
4. Legend In His Own Mind
5. Lady in a Cage
6. Never Leave Behind
7. Tahoma
8. The Weaver's Loom pt 2
9. This Mortal Coil
10. Peace, My Brother
11. The Sound of Thoughts
12. Father to Son

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