Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything


8.5 | 417 votes |
Release date: 28 October 2013
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

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Disc I
01. Phase I: Singularity
    1 - Prologue: The Blackboard
    2 - The Theory Of Everything (Part I)
    3 - Patterns
    4 - The Prodigy's World
    5 - The Teacher's Discovery
    6 - Love And Envy
    7 - Progressive Waves
    8 - The Gift
    9 - The Eleventh Dimension
    10 - Inertia
    11 - The Theory Of Everything (Part II)
02. Phase II: Symmetry
    1 - The Consultation
    2 - Diagnosis
    3 - The Argument I
    4 - The Rival's Dilemma
    5 - Surface Tension
    6 - A Reason To Live
    7 - Potential
    8 - Quantum Chaos
    9 - Dark Medicine
    10 - Alive!
    11 - The Prediction

Disc II
01. Phase III: Entanglement
    1 - Fluctuations
    2 - Transformation
    3 - Collision
    4 - Side Effects
    5 - Frequency Modulation
    6 - Magnetism
    7 - Quid Pro Quo
    8 - String Theory
    9 - Fortune?
02. Phase IV: Unification
    1 - Mirror Of Dreams
    2 - The Lighthouse
    3 - The Argument II
    4 - The Parting
    5 - The Visitation
    6 - The Breakthrough
    7 - The Note
    8 - The Uncertainty Principle
    9 - Dark Energy
    10 - The Theory Of Everything (Part III)
    11 - The Blackboard (Reprise)

Disc III [Special Edition DVD]
01. The Making Of The Theory Of Everything
02. Full-length Interviews
03. Recording Session Time Lapse Footage

Line-up
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - all instruments, vocals

Session musicians
Ben Mathot - violin
Siddharta Barnhoorn - orchestrations
Ed Warby - drums
Maaike Peterse - cello

Guest musicians
Michael Mills - vocals, irish bouzouki
Marco Hietala - vocals
Janne "JB" Christoffersson - vocals
John Wetton - vocals
Sara Squadrani - vocals
Cristina Scabbia - vocals
Tommy Karevik - vocals
Troy Donockley - uillean pipes, whistles
Keith Emerson - keyboards
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Jordan Charles Rudess - keyboards
Steve Hackett - guitars

Additional info
The Theory Of Everything is released in three differend formats:
- Limited Edition 2CD + 2CD + DVD Artbook
Artbook is LP-sized with a 48-page booklet
2+2 CDs (The actual album plus full instrumental versions)
DVD with 2 1/2 hours of behind-the scenes content, including a 47-minute "Making of" documentary, 90 minutes of in-depth interviews, and time lapse clips of the recording sessions.

- Special Edition 2CD + DVD Mediabook

- 2LP Vinyl Edition
2LP Gatefold vinyl (180g black) with 12-page booklet
2 CDs included (for listening convenience)

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31.10.2013 - 18:58
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Guest on 31.10.2013 at 15:03

9.1 | 97 votes

I can't believe it


Written by Azarath on 31.10.2013 at 18:46

101 votes, 53 of them 10's. Impressive.


What I can't believe is how people still find that hard to beleive. If you were pretty accustomed to this site, you know how this process works. Nothing surprising in it.
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31.10.2013 - 19:21
Rating: 7
Daniell
No, you don't
Written by Lethrokai on 31.10.2013 at 16:53

Hey, we're not ALL that bad, are we?


No, not ALL . Only some!
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31.10.2013 - 23:18
Rating: 8
iMorphball
Awesome album. Been a long time since I've actually sat down and listened to 90 minutes of music straight.
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01.11.2013 - 00:03
Soulhole
Damn this album is ......................long. Had to listen to it in segments, one "Phase" at a time, otherwise the music started to drag on for me. It's well made music, that is certain. Gonna give it another couple listens and see if it grows on me or not.
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01.11.2013 - 05:22
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Yep, he could stop making double albums. 8-10 minutes less wouldn't be much of a loss but an improvement to these records and a single CD could handle that length.
Even If I get kinda distracted towards the end due to the duration and production is not excellent, the album itself is lovely. Also, the team Ayreon assembled this time works perfectly, I think it's the best one so far!
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01.11.2013 - 05:51
Rating: 6
phanto
The worst lyrics I've ever heard. Laughed several times. Juvenile writing.

Musically, it sounds like Arjen... Some very impressive keyboarding in particular. But I just can't take it seriously.

I give it 6 for Average.
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01.11.2013 - 06:21
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by phanto on 01.11.2013 at 05:51

The worst lyrics I've ever heard. Laughed several times. Juvenile writing.


A drink everytime you hear the word "genious" next listen
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01.11.2013 - 11:47
Rating: 7
Laze
Written by Unhealer on 01.11.2013 at 06:21

Written by phanto on 01.11.2013 at 05:51

The worst lyrics I've ever heard. Laughed several times. Juvenile writing.


A drink everytime you hear the word "genious" next listen



*drunk after the first ten minutes*

Judging by a quick listen, the lyrics are definitely nothing to be proud of. Laughable is quite accurate description.

"Oh no, I can't believe
You're falling for this loser
Oh no, I thought you knew
That I am so much cooler!"

...

All-in-all everything seems to be pretty much the same as with the previous Ayreon releases. Including the (in my opinion) annoying, supposedly space-like, mellotrons/keyboards. Has Arjen come up with anything really new?

Gotta give it a few spins to get a better idea about the album...
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01.11.2013 - 12:26
Rating: 10
Hughes
I didnt wait for any shakesperean quotations in this album , the lyrics isnt Arjen's strongest suit , but i think his storytelling is good and if u think about it its made in a simple way so all can understand the story the rival's lyrics struck me for abit to much simplistic too but in the end i dont mind so much since the music is just awesome and the story is not bad at all. In the original's cd lyrics in each song it has a small text before the lyrics explaining what is going on in the story etc , anyways we all have our opinions no album is perfect (except of pink floyd's )
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01.11.2013 - 12:48
Rating: 10
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by Laze on 01.11.2013 at 11:47

"Oh no, I can't believe
You're falling for this loser
Oh no, I thought you knew
That I am so much cooler!"

Yes, a great album but I have to agree with the later posts. The lyrics are probably some of the cheesiest I've ever heard. And especially that part, the first time I was like "did Marco really just sing that?"
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01.11.2013 - 14:07
Rating: 9
Lethrokai
Written by Laze on 01.11.2013 at 11:47


"Oh no, I can't believe
You're falling for this loser
Oh no, I thought you knew
That I am so much cooler!"

...

All-in-all everything seems to be pretty much the same as with the previous Ayreon releases. Including the (in my opinion) annoying, supposedly space-like, mellotrons/keyboards. Has Arjen come up with anything really new?

Gotta give it a few spins to get a better idea about the album...


Yeah... I think that no matter how much you enjoy the album, that line will always be groan-worthy.

As for the keyboard thing though, I actually believe this is by far the best keyboard work we've seen on an Ayreon album. I guess if you don't like the keyboards that much as a whole, then chances are this will bug you too, as the keyboards are quite prominent in this album. (Similarly to Into The Electric Castle)
However, if you take the quality of the synth-work into account here (and I especially take careful note of this, being into keys myself) then there is no doubt that this is one of the best synthwork on any modern rock/metal album you will hear. This is part of the reason that I enjoy this album so much.
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01.11.2013 - 21:12
Rating: 10
sador42
"Psycho Fanboy" here - I give it a 10!
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02.11.2013 - 02:29
Chriwalker
Account deleted
Okey, after seeing the lyrics and understanding the story I have to say I do love it, even if the lyrics are simple. 9/10 and one of the best albums of the year!
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02.11.2013 - 06:09
Rating: 9
theembryo
Finally a chance to listen entirely, the psycho keyboard fanboy of me upholds my previous rating. Definitely parts of 'Human Equation' & '01011001' I like better, but parts of this release I prefer to both previous releases as well.
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02.11.2013 - 21:43
Rating: 9
DelightfulJim
Oh wow, an Ayreon album with corny lyrics? Call the fucking press!

Yeah they were pretty bad in some places, the lyrics, but I view the album as a musical more so than a proper metal album, so I felt they worked for the most part. They worked just to explain the very basic story, which isn't very easy to do in music I think. But yeah, cheesy, very.


I crack up every time I hear the Father wail "GREAAAAAT! TELL US MORE. THAT SOUNDS INTRIGUING!" or of course, pretty much all of "Love & Envy". Apart from that I don't really see what the fuss is over the lyrics.


(Probably just me though, but whatever)
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03.11.2013 - 07:13
Rating: 9
Patrick Andersen
Just had my first listen through this album, and I feel I have to disagree about the lyrics being so bad. The style in which the lyrics are written is obviously quite straight-forward. Granted, In that sense they're pretty simplistic. But just like dialogues would be pretty straight-forward in a movie and/or a novel (as a vehicle to carry the plot and the characters), so are the dialogues in this album (which cover most of the lyrics, while some are inner thoughts and reflections).

It's everything around the lyrics that make it all come together in a completely brilliant way (just like all the different visual elements in a movie or the descriptive format of books, make it all come together along with the dialogues). And in music that "missing link" is of course the instrumental journey to go along with the lyrics; Everchanging and ever so fitting.

The story itself is quite fleshed out and fairly complex. Add to that, the different emotional bonds between the characters and the interesting motivations behind their actions make the lyrics "far" from simplistic (in my opinion).

In contrast to f.ex. Avantasia (where the plot and characters serve as vehicles to drive the lyrics), Ayreon has even more of that cinematic/literary way of building up the albums. If one's full attention is not given to absorb all the different elements, then it's perfectly understandable how the lyrics appear to be quite shallow. Just like the dialogues from a movie would appear completely lame without having the visual experience of watching it unfold on screen, so does the lyrics on this album if one doesn't connect with the relationship between the music and the words ( this isjust how I feel about it, in my opinion).

What I'm trying to say is, that on their own merits I agree with previous statements; The lyrics are simple. But in the proper context within the album (built around the plot and the characters), then I disagree (again, just my opinion). Depending on which angle we look at it from, I think a case can be made from either way.

I'm not trying to convince myself or anyone else that Arjen is the new Stephen King (or whatever author being put on a pedestal these days ), and I'm not an elitist. I'm curious if anyone else share the same opinion (I'm a bit clumsy with expressing myself so I aplogize for the long post. )
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03.11.2013 - 17:37
Rating: 8
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
8.5 for me. I gave 9 because of sentiment. I am a bit disappointed because album is quite chaotic. I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs. Arjen should do this album like all previous albums. I enjoy longer and more complex songs. But generally music and vocals are very good. I also enjoy cool keyboard solos.
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03.11.2013 - 18:10
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 17:37

I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs.


it seems that the reason why it's 42 songs flies over the heads of many people. The album is called 'The Theory Of Everything', so, people, please do the math
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03.11.2013 - 18:16
Uldreth
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.11.2013 at 18:10

Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 17:37

I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs.


it seems that the reason why it's 42 songs flies over the heads of many people. The album is called 'The Theory Of Everything', so, people, please do the math

Oh gawd. This flew over my head as well even though I am a huge DA fan...

I don't think I'll listen to this. I disliked most of Ayreon's past stuff I have heard even though I consciously wanted to like it and this album just seem to ooze with "pretentious". And the bad kind.
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03.11.2013 - 18:20
Rating: 9
DelightfulJim
Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 17:37

8.5 for me. I gave 9 because of sentiment. I am a bit disappointed because album is quite chaotic. I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs. Arjen should do this album like all previous albums. I enjoy longer and more complex songs. But generally music and vocals are very good. I also enjoy cool keyboard solos.



Yeah, I thought it was pretty jarring at first. But really, given that each track has a particular scenario happening with it's own title, it made following the story MUCH easier. In terms of structure and story I feel that this is the best written Ayreon album, just because it's easy to follow without being boring, in my opinion. I don't know about you, but as much as I love The Human Equation, it took many listens in order to digest it all and follow the story properly, and I feel this was made difficult by most of the songs being a bit long (not that many of them, but more so in contrast with this album here).

It did of course take a couple of spins to understand The Theory of Everything, but I felt it sunk in much easier than the other Ayreon albums. Heck I still don't really understand the one prior to The Theory Of Everything.


I'm not saying you're wrong, of course. This is just how I understood it.
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03.11.2013 - 18:38
Rating: 8
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.11.2013 at 18:10

Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 17:37

I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs.


it seems that the reason why it's 42 songs flies over the heads of many people. The album is called 'The Theory Of Everything', so, people, please do the math

I understand why he divided album to 42 songs, but I'm not sure if it was a good idea. For a concept of course it was, but for music?
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03.11.2013 - 19:29
Rating: 9
Lethrokai
Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 18:38

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.11.2013 at 18:10

Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 17:37

I think that it wasn't good idea to divide it to 42 short songs.


it seems that the reason why it's 42 songs flies over the heads of many people. The album is called 'The Theory Of Everything', so, people, please do the math

I understand why he divided album to 42 songs, but I'm not sure if it was a good idea. For a concept of course it was, but for music?


To be honest, I just listen to the album as 4 tracks. It's a much more comforting and fun listen when you do that. I'd only recommend listening to the "42 track" style when you're picking out single songs such as The Parting and Progressive Waves.
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03.11.2013 - 20:32
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Hex_Omega on 03.11.2013 at 18:38

I understand why he divided album to 42 songs, but I'm not sure if it was a good idea. For a concept of course it was, but for music?


I liked the flow of the album better with this 42 track division, it somehow makes the listen seem lighter to me whereas It sometimes felt like a struggle to listen to The Human Equation in it's entirety for example. Of course it's divided this way because the music allows it in the first place, it's not like you can divide any of his previous albums into 42 tracks and pretend it actually adds something to the experience.
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04.11.2013 - 14:49
PocketMetal
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.11.2013 at 18:10

it seems that the reason why it's 42 songs flies over the heads of many people. The album is called 'The Theory Of Everything', so, people, please do the math


yeah it's pretty obvious why it's "42" tracks ... but still some of them are too short , sometimes insignificant.
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05.11.2013 - 11:35
undi
The lyrics are indeed simple and straight-forward, but that is in no way an inherently bad thing. Asimov also chose to make use of a simplistic, easy to follow and to-the-point narrative in favour of being prolific. There are people who disregard his prose because of that, but who doesn't know Asimov? Who dislkes his stories?

He knew he was not a masterful prose-crafter.

And so does Arjen. His lyrics are easy to follow and to-the-point.

That said, it's true that there are some times where the overly-simplistic lyrics are kind of awkward and embarrasing.
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05.11.2013 - 15:04
Fredd
Account deleted
I enjoyed it.
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05.11.2013 - 16:40
Rating: 7
Vonpire
Probably the best from this mediocre band called "ayreon", the most overrated band ever on M.S. .
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05.11.2013 - 16:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Vonpire on 05.11.2013 at 16:40

Probably the best from this mediocre band called "ayreon", the most overrated band ever on M.S. .



we don't agree on much But here I fully agree with you.
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05.11.2013 - 16:45
Rating: 7
Vonpire
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.11.2013 at 16:43

Written by Vonpire on 05.11.2013 at 16:40

Probably the best from this mediocre band called "ayreon", the most overrated band ever on M.S. .



we don't agree on much But here I fully agree with you.


OMG Let's eat some cookies then !
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05.11.2013 - 16:54
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Top 20 albums of 2013? I think many of MSers are more into progressive tunes.
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