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Taļ Phong


Symphonic Prog

3.42 | 72 ratings

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3 stars A prog Twinkie?

Too much sugar but it sure tastes good? Tai Phong is an act that makes the purists furrows their brows in scorn. While there is an unmistakable cheese factor to this music it can be enjoyable from a pop perspective, just don't expect too much. There are some "silly love songs" within this package but there is also great playing throughout. Sure the singer sings so high that he makes Geddy Lee sound like Lurch, sure he sometimes delivers like Dennis DeYoung doing "Babe" with over dramatic pomposity. But it works for some fun. Everything is aimed at your pleasure center rather than challenging you. This is feel good rock and roll with prog icing.

"When it's the Season" is an excellent opener that rocks. Great acoustic and electric guitars that have a fuzzy, delicious glaze to them. Blissful solos and delicate harmonies are quite impressive. "Games" is like much of the first album, a bit sappy and drama-queen, almost Bee Gees territory here. "St. John's Avenue" features impressive harmonies, wailing electric solos, and decent drum play. "Circle" begins with gorgeous keys and light guitars washed in melody. The pace is fairly slow with a few sad vocals and melancholic moods. "Last Chance" is another pure acoustic pop number with romantic lyrics that could easily be found on a DeYoung solo album, not in terms of the similarities in their voices but in the material. "The Gulf of Knowledge" is a nice 10 minute closer that unfolds slowly and methodically and just envelopes you. There are 3 bonus tracks on the very nice gatefold mini-lp sleeve reissue but none of them are as good as what is on the album itself. "Windows" is Tai Phong's finest moment in my opinion and newbies should start here if you insist. But really there are more interesting and progressive bands from France to check out before you get this. Lots of them! But if you want something melodic with English vocals and a guaranteed sugar-induced coma, this album will work every bit as well as Dennis Deyoung.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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