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3.68 | 68 ratings

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4 stars They've decided to go underdogs.

Althought they're not the new Rush, far from that, Tiles is an obscure band without too much ambition. They do what they do, and that's pretty much it. I don't really feel that the band is targeting the sky here. They had a craving for Rush, many songs were obviously inspired by their time change signature and bass/drum interplay. Many songs are really good, but an aftertaste of lazyness is in the back of my mouth.

They have enough talent to stand on their own, but once again, I do feel like listening to college rock (Dinosaur Jr, The Breeders, Mathew Sweet). Tiles could be the band that only one guy at school knows about, and he plays it on the college radio making kids wonder: 'Dude, this sounds kinda like Permanent Waves..." Unfortunetaly, we don't hear as much Rush as I expected, at least in this album. Much like Enchant, the guitar and drums are inspired by the canadian trio, but the songs are standing on their own legs. No cloning here.

The songs are short and kinda catchy for many. The vocals are high perched in the air (like Lee), the bass is rolling easily and the guitar is Lifeson influenced as well as the drums recalling the toms rolls of the Professor. When TIles hits the spot, they're really getting you into their world.

Patience and giving the band a chance is the key. It's not an album, nor a band, that lets everybody come in as they want. Sometimes recalls Permanent Waves or Hemispheres.

The hidden basement of progressive rock.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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