Turning Virtue – “A Temporary Human Experience”

A Temporary Human ExperienceThere are times when an album doesn’t line up with my brain at the time I am listening to it. I’ll set it aside and hopefully I remember to revisit it. Such was the case of Turning Virtue’s “A Temporary Human Experience.” When I went to review it, I just didn’t find it to be what I was expecting. This is not the album’s fault. It’s mine. So I finally decided to get it out and let it be whatever it wanted.

While “A Temporary Human Experience” is certainly poppy, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, David Karczewski and the boys can definitely write a hooky song. Sometimes it really works for me like on the ballad “Dreamin'” or on the one/two punch opening tracks “Transcend” and “These Things.” Elsewhere, the doomy “Theody” almost seems like a different band while “Fall In Love With The World” was a bit of an average bar band song.

Mark Zonder is guesting on drums. This is important for me to mention because I doubt you’d know it was him playing. I can’t fault the band for having Zonder reign in his playing, but if it was my money, he would be Zondering all over the place. He peaks out a LITTLE on “What’s True.” The closing 12-minute opus “Salty Tears” has some trademark Zonder cymbal work which really is nice to hear along with some very tasty fills. The track is easily the “most prog” but it’s still very much within what Turning Virtue are about. But if you rent a Ferrari, wouldn’t you drive fast a little just to see what it’s like? It does prove that Zonder will play what he is told.

This isn’t about how many notes, it’s about the right notes. Turning Virtue have a chance to be an excellent modern prog band and “A Temporary Human Experience” is a step toward that goal. The album is definitely something fans who like (older) Porcupine Tree or The Pineapple Thief should check out.

Rating: 7.5/10

1. Transcend
2. These Things
3. Box of Disappointment
4. Random
5. Fall in Love with the World
6. Dreamin’
7. Theody
8. What’s True
9. Salty Tears

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About Rob

I have been a fan of progressive metal and progressive rock for most of my life. My music collection is insanely large. My passion for life is music...progressive music!
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3 Responses to Turning Virtue – “A Temporary Human Experience”

  1. progbeawr831 says:

    musically I enjoy their “hooks” and riffs somewhat and some great drum fills. BUT……. his voice bugs me and watching the video it just doesn’t seem to fit seeing this older looking guy with a 20 something year old sounding voice. I had a hard time getting through the whole song so I had to scroll up and just listen to them cuz watching this guy for some reason irked me to see lol. It’s catchy pop-Prog like Styx when they really went commercial ya know? Borderlines on pseudo Pop music but with a Prog hook to it in spots.

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    • progmanrob says:

      Yeah I know what you mean. I never watch videos really. I tend to just like hearing the music and not caring who did it. That was one reason I hated MTV back in the day. It’s a good album but I hope they grow. They’ve been supporters of my page so I really wanted to revisit the album.

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      • progbeawr831 says:

        That’s cool. Yeah MTV and Canada’s Much Music was just irritating. Sure music videos help bands get out there now but so does hard work and gigging. Glad they are supporters of your page, I’m sure they will continue to grow and develop as a band too!

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