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The Tangent


Eclectic Prog

3.87 | 398 ratings

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3 stars Retro Prog? or I can t believe is another symphonic and 70s tingled prog record!

One of my main problems with Retro or Neo prog is the lack of originality. The bands seem to have all the same pattern: Keyboard and Guitar Solos , Long structure of songs , Lack of melody and most of them play it safe. The Tangent, while very talented, is one of those bands in my opinion.

Now , don't get me wrong. These guys have the chops and some songs in this particular album are good but there are some aspects that cannot be overlooked: In the first place I found the vocals to be really generic and unmemorable sometimes plain annoying. Secondly, the record is overproduced and sounds really loud. Generally this is not my cup of tea since I like a more "organic" sound in my albums.

Musically speaking The Tangent is a blend of symphonic prog and modern rock music, add also a bit of jazz and you have the recipe of the band s sound. While I like all of the individual ingredients, something may have gone wrong in the kitchen? Some tracks like the opener, Lost in London and Celebrity Puree are enjoyable tunes. Also both epics of the album are ok? I mean, the entire album is OK and that's exactly my problem with it! There are no ups or downs on it! The album goes and goes and I am totally indifferent to it!

That being said, I recommend (while not strongly!) this album to all newcomers to progressive rock music , this album is totally standard and harmless prog rock. However It's a much better idea to go for the real deal: Yes , King Crimson , Genesis and the like.

2.5 stars rounded up to 3

crimson87 | 3/5 |


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