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All Music Guide - Cosmo Lee
With Ayreon, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen has built a career around massive prog metal opuses with hordes of guest vocalists. Basically, anybody in metal who can hold a tune has sung for Ayreon at some point. 01011001 features Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-the Gathering), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Simone Simons (Epica), Ty Tabor (King's X), and Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation), among many others. These singers are the focal points of their bands, but in Ayreon, they're merely characters in Lucassen's rock operas. 01011001 is a sprawling two-disc set that one critic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cosmo Lee
With Ayreon, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen has built a career around massive prog metal opuses with hordes of guest vocalists. Basically, anybody in metal who can hold a tune has sung for Ayreon at some point. 01011001 features Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-the Gathering), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Simone Simons (Epica), Ty Tabor (King's X), and Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation), among many others. These singers are the focal points of their bands, but in Ayreon, they're merely characters in Lucassen's rock operas. 01011001 is a sprawling two-disc set that one critic called "the longest CD ever made." Indeed, the album spans 100 minutes, and feels like 100 years. It's a perfect fit for the Inside/Out label -- pristine production, byzantine songs that feel like full albums, hi-tech synths that wish they were guitars. Lucassen really, really likes his synths; in "Waking Dreams," he entirely forgoes bass in favor of a percolating ostinato that suggests a beefier Kraftwerk. Electronics also pervade the percussion; "Beneath the Waves" is as if Alan Parsons covered the Beastie Boys' "So What'cha Want." Ray gun synths, operatic vocals, fake and real strings, and even Celtic melodies adorn this sonic mansion. Its ambition would be laughable if the record didn't actually fulfill it often. Admittedly, such fulfillment was purchased at Guitar Center (or its Dutch equivalent); the record is most touching when it strips down to acoustic guitar on the gorgeously compact "Web of Lies." These two discs, subtitled Planet Y and Earth, are about humanity's disconnect with itself and destruction of the planet. But that's really not important. Music this over the top almost defies criticism. Reviewing it is like reviewing the world's tallest building. It doesn't care; it just goes on and on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • UPC: 693723796826
  • Catalog Number: 79682
  • Sales rank: 42,362

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ayreon Primary Artist
Bob Catley Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Michael Romeo Guitar, Soloist
Ty Tabor Vocals, Guest Appearance
Derek Sherinian Synthesizer, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Ed Warby Percussion, Drums, Guest Appearance
Anneke van Giersbergen Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Tomas Bodin Synthesizer, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Hansi Kürsch Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Jorn Lande Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, solina, Soloist
Jeroen Goossens Flute, Bass Flute, Soprano Recorder, Tenor Recorder, tin whistle, Soloist
Daniel Gildenlow Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Floor Jansen Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Jonas Renkse Vocals
Joost Van Den Broek Synthesizer, Piano, Soloist
Tom Englund Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs, Guest Appearance
Simone Simons Vocals, Guest Appearance
Steve Lee Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Marjan Welman Vocals
Technical Credits
Anneke van Giersbergen Composer
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Jonas Renkse Composer
Jef Bertels Cover Painting
Marjan Welman Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Yet

    This is by far the best ayreon album even better than Into The Electric Castle wich before this was my favorite disc the songs here are really strong and the music is incredable i also recomend Into The Electric Castle as the other must have by Ayreon.

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