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Tangent - The World That We Drive Through (2004) Retail CD
Hot on the heels of last years very excellent "The Music That Died Alone", we now have the second album from Andy Tillison's recording project The Tangent. In fact the first album was so successful commercially and critically that it has somewhat overshadowed Andy's main band Parallel or 90 Degrees (PO90) recently. The Tangent will be doing some live shows in support of this second album and then early next year Andy will be back to recording the next PO90 album.Although "The World That We Drive Through" has only just been released, the general consensus from the reviews I have read so far ismore… that it is good, but not quite reaching the same mark that the debut did. Second albums are always difficult affairs, especially if the first has received such praise. Do you repeat the formula and risk being critised for copying what has gone before? Or do you try something different, again risky as you may alienate those that loved the first album. I feel that with "The World We Drive Through" Andy has successfully avoided both those pitfalls. He has progressed the sound of the first album, allowing different styles and influences to emerge. There is something more of his PO90 band in some of the material, which is no bad thing. The songwriting and arrangements are more complex and subtle, which makes for repeated listening an essential for getting to the heart of the album.The core of the band here is as before. Roine Stolt on guitar and vocals with fellow Flower King cohorts, the estimable rhythm unit of Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz. On saxes and flutes this time is Theo Travis, replacing David Jackson who was unavailable for these recordings. Also making a debut is Andy's newly acquired mini-moog synthesiser used for some very nice solos. Guy Manning is also on board again, this time adding some of his very distinctive lead vocals to parts of the lengthy closing track "A Gap in the Night".I have listened to the album a number of times now and conclude that is one that slowly unleashes its riches and is a much more mature creation than the debut, which was no fledgling thing anyway. The opening track, "The Winning Game" has Roine on lead vocals and is an excellent opening song. The inclusion at the end of Burt Bacharach's "What the World Needs Now is Love" is a masterful touch. But the quality on show is maintained throughout all five lengthy pieces, building to the epic 18 minute finale, "The Gap in the Night". This is a reworked version of an earlier PO90 track, but lyrically fits here quite nicely and really finishes the album off on a high note. So in conclusion this is an excellent follow up to "The Music that Died Alone". Andy has raised the ante here to produce something much more complex and involving and in the end much more satisfying. The sleeve artwork by Ed Unitsky is first rate, and the limited edition has extended booklet and a 14 minute additional track, which is a nicely textured Tangerine Dream circa "Rubycon/Phaedra" type instrumental. Lots of synth and mellotron. Finally, this follow up is not just thoroughly recommended, but is a must for all prog rock fans and will surely be somewhere on most people's album of the year list. I think it has just topped mine!
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- Tangent - The World That We Drive Through (2004) Retail CD
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