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Pure Reason Revolution: Above Cirrus album review

No longer obscured by clouds, Pure Reason Revolution pull their music into sharp focus on Above Cirrus

Pure Reason Revolution: Above Cirrus cover art
(Image: © Inside Out)

In 2006, emerging prog band Pure Reason Revolution seemed to be set fair: encouraging reviews for the potent, atmospheric musical light and shade on their major label debut The Dark Third; a tour with Porcupine Tree in the offing; praise from Rick Wakeman

But the plot got sidetracked. There were line-up changes. The music on their next two albums no longer seemed to be flowing as freely as before. There were occasional musical tangents that didn’t seem to lead anywhere. Although the band had built a following, they called it quits in 2011.

But a sense of unfinished business evidently lingered. In 2019 the original trio of singers and guitarists got back together, and the following year’s Upnea harked back to their debut with a conceptual feel. 

Above Cirrus doesn’t have that conceptual feel, but the band have instead harnessed the mental dislocation of the pandemic to give their music a sharper focus.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.