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The Tangent


Eclectic Prog

3.83 | 329 ratings

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5 stars My very first preview (and the only one) was for this album some months ago and it was rejected cause i just said "GREAT" or something like that :D It's all Tangent's Fault (especially Andy's) they left me incapable of saying anything more but a single "GREAT"

WHAT AN ALBUM?? Every track is a master piece for me!

The album starts with "In Earnest" 20minute epic. Quite and "shy" in the beginning it quickly unfolds it's true nature!! The keyboards on this track are awesome!! Like huge waves crushing on you and carrying you whenever they want! Great lyrics , great melodies! It grasps u from the very beginning and won't let you go till u released you're listening the next track!

Second track and "Lost in London". I love the rhythm of this track! The bass is just amazing it remind me of the bass in 9 feet underground of caravan. Rarely do i ignore the "melody" to follow the bass. Now the flute. Very "offensive" on the track .. it goes solo, high notes, fast tempos it really reminds me of Jethro Tull. I call it the "Raging Flute" :D. And ever present the masterful keyboards filling the gaps, going solo and carrying you away. And don't forget the rhythm..

DIY Surgery : I loved this track from the very beginning. It's strange, it's weird and it's out of place! An exceptional "break" from the melodic tracks. the amazing intro of GPS culture! the best part of this track for me is the mid-point where it seems like the instruments have a musical conversation, always sounding when others do not and stop abruptly or fade way and another takes the lead! really great moment.

Follow your leaders is a very "ironic" title for the song. The song is all about not becoming one with the mass. It starts with a very "demanding" reef that makes me nervous it's like demanding from me to listen to it. Repeating constantly as it gets louder. It's very symbolic for me cause the actual population of my country (Greece) is 10million. Listen the sad and mellow guitar 2 and a half minutes before the song's end.

What a better way to get you out of the depressing situation than a happy song celebrating difference? There comes "Sun in My Eyes" and apart from Andy's experience i'm sure that many of you will come to think that this song is made for you! So cheer up and prog cause the sun is in OUR eyes :)

And we reached the ending song. A sad song criticizing the society very hard. Almost punk lyrics but the melody is not one of "rage" as a punk melody would be but one of sadness. The whole song is very strong. The "Spectacular Saxophone Solo" as is mentioned on the booklet it exactly that, introduced gently by the keyboard. I hear it almost crying...quietly in the beginning but ascending with every breath of the saxophonist. Pure emotion flows in this part of the track. After this spot there's not much to tell. Myself i'm carried away and i "wake up" at the end.

What a fantastic album "A place in the queue" really is! For once i'm glad Roine Stolt wasn't involved in something:)

I dare not think what would have happened if Andy joined Transatlantic *shakes*

This album is a proof that prog rock still lives and evolves! Every prog and non-prog fan should have it. I think it's a classic along with "The Music the Died Alone". 5-stars of course!

Aerandir | 5/5 |


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