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If Presets does not put Sylvan in the same league as contemporary progressive-rock champions Porcupine Tree, then clearly an imbalance exists within the musical universe. This German quintet has followed the lead of PT\'s most recent albums and crafted a superb record laced with abundant melodies, shorter and more structured songs and expressive emotions. Eschewing the cold, complex concept of 2006’s Posthumous Silence (portraying a man who discovers his daughter’s diary after she committed suicide), Sylvan emerges less than a year later with Presets — its sixth album since 1999. rnrnRecorded at the same time as Posthumous Silence, Presets exposes a band ready to complete a major leap of faith, segueing from cult band to prog elite. Each of the dozen songs are treated to more breathing room than previous compositions, and their brevity (nine songs clock in under 5 minutes) makes the entire album a more memorable listening experience. The differences are discernible from the first track, “One Step Beyond,” which finds vocalist Marco Glühmann singing with more conviction and joy than ever. His enthusiasm continues on other standout songs like the radio-ready “For One Day” and the mysterious “Former Life.” Tracks that do venture beyond the seven-minute mark also shine. On the 13-minute epic title cut, unexpected female vocals add drama to the chorus and some killer electric-guitar work stuns with its heaviness. Both sound out of place on a Sylvan album — especially considering that this band never really rocked before. But in the context of Presets, the additions make perfect sense. rnrnThat said, for the most part, Sylvan prefers to find an atmospheric comfort zone somewhere in the musical mists of Pink Floyd, Marillion and even Coldplay. As a result, the band boasts potentially broad appeal. And despite wavering in the middle with songs that get bogged down in similar structures and too much atmosphere, Presets is a bold step in a succinct new direction for a band that finally requires your undivided attention. rnrnrnTrack Listing: rn1) One Step Beyond rn2) Signed Away rn3) For One Day rn4) Former Life rn5) On the Verge of Tears rn6) When the Leaves Fall Down rn7) Words From Another Day rn8) Cold Suns rn9) Hypnotized rn10) Heal rn11) Transitory Times rn12) Presets rnrnAdded: April 11th 2007rnReviewer: Michael Popke