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GRAPPLING

The Tea Club

 

Crossover Prog

4.04 | 191 ratings

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Bucklebutt
5 stars But good works will go unnoticed..

If you consider yourself a fan of progressive rock and you haven't checked out The Tea Club yet, do yourself a favor, stop reading this and do so.

The Tea Club sound like a blend of classics, combining the whimsicalness of early Genesis, the darker edge of King Crimson, a touch of Magma's weird beauty, the symphonic soarings of Yes, and a bit from practically any prog-rock great out there. Looking through the reviews you can see that many people detect many different inspirations, but one thing is for sure , there is a lot going on. And they manage to do all of this and still make a sound that is distinctly The Tea Club.

The Grappling is the fourth album from The Tea Club and shows the increasing progression of the band and their sound. The most notable inclusion to their sound here is the use of the keys on the album; most of their previous works are guitar centered. Their music is dense, and the addition and emphasis of keys here give us prog fans another layer of sound to chew on. You will surely hear something new each time with successive listens to the album.

I hope that The Tea Club soon gets the recognition they deserve, as one of the current best prog bands out there. I recently went and saw them live and was shocked, my friend, my wife, and I literally made up a sizable portion of the entire crowd. I'm aware that prog-rock isn't trendy, but I hope that they continue to get the support enough to continue making their unique and wonderful music.

Do yourself a favor and purchase a physical copy, the whole package oozes with creativity. A real piece of art.

My personal favorite album of 2015.

Bucklebutt | 5/5 |

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