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The Tea Club


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 92 ratings

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4 stars Unlike the debut album of The Tea Club, I didn't fall for Rabbit immediately. In fact, I postponed writing this review, because I had a hunch this could be one of those albums that take a while to settle in my brain - just like some of the greatest prog albums of all time. And so it happened....

After playing the album on and off for about a month, in between all kinds of prog, but also blues and classic rock tracks that I'm checking out for my cover band, I started to recognise some parts and I started to like the album.

The album contains an interesting mix of heavy, mellow, and sometimes even theatrical (out of the oceans). The Tea Club certainly have grown, and changed since General Winter's. The music is not continuously all over you, there is more time for variability within the scope of one song than there was before, and the compositions have gotten stronger. The guitar, bass and keyboard work are amazing and well balanced, the only down side for me is that I sometimes cannot stand the vocals. It's hard to explain, but, being a singer myself, there are certain things that a voice can do (for example singing at the edge of 'breaking') that I don't appreciate, which Patrick and/or Dan seem to like very much. Still - the music is so enchanting once I get the hang of it, that I can live with that. I'm not going to do a track by track review here, because I listened to the album as a whole only - and didn't take track by track notes. However, I have to add that I like Out of the oceans and Nuclear Density Gauge best, even if the latter is exactly one of those 'breaking voice' tracks.

In summary: As great as General Winter's it is not - it's is better, more mature, and very enjoyable once you get into it. The Tea Club is one of those young bands that will keep prog alive for another few years to come. The only reason I give 4 stars rather than 5 is that I think their magnum opus has yet to be composed.

Thanks to the band for providing a review copy of the album.

Angelo | 4/5 |


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