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The Tangent


Eclectic Prog

3.75 | 287 ratings

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3 stars Alone was a definite ode to the seventies and therefore purposefully recreating multiple styles of the time, here they are becoming a modern Symphonic prog band.

Sonically, this sounds more like a Flower Kings album, probably due to the presence of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz and theirs no doubt that these three have far more experience at this style than the others. That's definitely a problem, though, because this album reminds me of the Flower Kings less than great albums like Stardust We Are and The Rainmaker in the fact that a lot of it seems to be a bit aimless. The Winning Game, the albums opener, and Skipping the Distance are the only two tracks that really grab the listener, the remaining three are either totally aimless, like Photosynthesis, or have moments of genius mixed with mediocrity. The title track is a great example, the opening 7 or 8 minutes are brilliant but it descends in to meandering self indulgence that doesn't go anywhere. A Gap in the Night is the same but in reverse (starts out with no real aim but ends very well). This is a great shame as the album displays plenty of potential to have been so much better, it just appears to be a case of too many ideas and none of them, or only a few, fully developed.

In short, it doesn't take much to admire the playing skills of all the musicians involved, but it seems that that's the best use for The World that we Drive Through because there compositional skills require a fair bit of work, to say the least. That makes this a disappointing follow up to the excellent, and fully focused, The Music that Died Alone. I'd recommend this album only after you have its predecessor, The Music That Died Alone, and successor, A Place in the Queue, and then if you like what you here.

sleeper | 3/5 |


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