Sound: The album opens with a single phased guitar on Silenced then we're off with crashing cymbals and crunchy rhythm guitar. But this is Prog so it switches to acoustic guitar mid-song before the vocals come in, then an extended solo with distorted guitar followed by heavily distorted percussion and keys. It's all here coming in at almost 10 minutes. Arena music - Prog with a capital P.
However there's more to this than Prog. There are catchy radio friendly tunes with more melody than most. So you may find yourself singing some of these tunes long after you've finished listening. // 8
Lyrics: The singing sounds like David Gilmour with a slight German accent and the backing vocals don't do anything to change the impression that this is a band still in love with Pink Floyd. The lyrics fit with the music, maybe slightly over the top in bits but they're not forced - unlike some other bands that don't have English as a first language. // 7
Overall Impression: RPWL are cursed to be forever compared to Pink Floyd they started out as a German PF tribute act and its here, but there's more than PF. Radiohead (Silenced), Oasis (Where can I Go) and Porcupine Tree (Stranger and River) are all here. They also rock out on Choose what you want to look at. Genuinely enjoyable and more confident than their previous albums with real humour Listen to This is not a Prog Song where they turn one critic's savage review right back at him.
RPWL Experience stands up well to comparison with Pink Floyd. Okay, they don't break any new ground and you can almost imagine the Dylan cover "Masters of War" has been lifted off Floyd's "The Division Bell" But in the absence of PF, RPWL may just do. // 8