As the World is an album by the progressive rock band Echolyn, released in 1995. It features many complex arrangements and vocal harmonies, showing at times the influence of classic progrock bands such as Gentle Giant and Genesis.
Track 1, "All Ways The Same" is a short instrumentalintro to the album, a string ensemble piece composed by echolyn keyboardist Christopher Buzby and performed by studio violinists and echolyn members (laying down the vocals) where it was recorded in Nashville.
Track 2, "As The World" begins in A minor with acoustic guitar and vocals with a simple percussion. As bass and drums are added, vocal harmonies come into play, as well as an organ continuo by Buzby. Toward the middle of the song, the syncopated vocals and contrapuntal instrumentation perhaps remind the listener of a Gentle Giant influence on this song more than most other echolyn pieces.
Track 16, "Never the Same" is the most requested song at live performances. Echolyn guitarist Brett Kull has remarked about this apparent paradox, because while the group is hailed for being extraordinarily "proggy", the song is a relatively simple one in 3/4 time. This song marks the influence of The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel more than the often-cited progressive rock influences.