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The Tangent


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Paper Champion
5 stars Maybe Steven Wilson is a modern progressive rock genius, but Andy Tillison is a man of genius too, if not better.

The Tangent is one of the best modern progressive rock groups I have ever heard. Andy Tillison, a gifted person indeed, had begun his progressive journey long before The Tangent was formed – with the band called Parallel or 90 Degrees. His music is strongly influenced on 70’s art-rock groups (mainly VDGG, King Crimson, Yes and Genesis) with a touch of jazz-rock, Canterbury and space-rock. In general, Andy Tillison whites the music, which can satisfy almost every progressive rock fan.

The main Tillison’s advantage over, for example, Roine Stolt (of nowadays), is that his music is not forced and doesn’t bother the listener at all. Well, you can say that Tillison uses the same formula in all his songs and that his songs don’t particularly differ from each other (like the latest songs by Roine Stolt), BUT – his music is INSPIRED and … honest. It’s too hard to find words to make the proper explanation, but Andy Tillison writes music just for fun and pleasure to satisfy the same progressive rock fan as he is. Furthermore, Tillison has already released 3 excellent albums in a row.

The Music That Died Alone is a masterpiece of progressive music, because it has almost everything that every prog-rock fan dreams of: complex structures, wonderful solos by Mr Roine Stolt and Tillison, long epics divided into parts, difficult passages and so on. The album would deserve 5 stars even if there was only In Darkest Dreams on it, and it doesn’t mean that the rest of the songs are not important. Every songs has it’s raisin: for example, Up-Hill From Here is a kind of a fun and a musical duel between “three generations”; Canterbury Sequence is a wonderful song with jazzy flavor; The Music That Died Alone (the song) is very lyrical, calm and heartfelt; and of course In Darkest Dream, the centerpiece of the album, is actually progressive rock as its best (even the first 3 minutes of the song are TREMENDOUS).

A stunning debut. Made in style. 5 stars by far.

Paper Champion | 5/5 |


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