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A PLACE IN THE QUEUE

The Tangent

 

Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 249 ratings

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RomanticWarrior
5 stars Best Symphonic Prog Album of the year?... Almost there...

We all heard Yes, and we know nowadays 45 years old progressive fans of that Era talks about "Tales..." and how it changed their lives and i got the chance to listen to every Yes album and it wasnt very clear what was the magic in their music, specially after Listen PFM or bands that didnt came out from UK. Current days prog listeners need FUSION, theres so much music to listen to, why not fusion the best of all into a single album?... that would make us modern listeners happy, like Tales did once in the late 70's...

The lyrics play a HUGE roll in this album, its incredible how they actually achieved modern lyrics for 2000's listeners...how realistic and strong the lyrics are just ridiculously awesome. Getting into the lyrics is easy since the music behind it is incredible, i mean the Jazzie sections makes The Tangent one of the final steps on symphonic prog appreciation. Though theres a lot of progressive exageration sections, especially soloings on In Earnest ...you know they are just delivery for "progression" issues, so you end liking it anyways.

The artwork is pretty awesome, loved having Escher's stairs on the booklet...always loved that psycho

A Place in The Queue actually achieved what was intented to, in first place...take you to that place in your subconcient, and make your mind travel for those 78 minutes...

What makes this record incredible amazing is the artistic ambience it has fusioned with standard progressive; without the artistic sides it would have sounded like some Tales...but it ended being a different door for those who liked Yes at first and there it was "Steve howes guitar tunning is awfull", "Jon anderson voice is kind of annoying" etc... what i felt Yes lacked, The tangent added using modern fusions, interesting lyrics, and jazz...

**Spectacular Saxophone Solo** hahaha every musician just brought to this record one of their best inspired thoughts..Manning, Travis, Baine . it was like this holy bag, and they started throwing their wealth in there, making it invaluable...

(though my review is based most in the epic tracks, lost in london and Gps Culture, the rest of the tracks, and the bonus disc make it enough enjoyable to not come to criticize them in a ridiculous subjective way.)

5 Stars for bringing it in times we really need this kind of concepts and feel we are not robots...Old guy asked me why there wasnt music like in the 70's...and i answered "Well i've seen Woodstocks dvds and you see how everyone was playing the guitar, and how war made people sick of the world, and they wanted to change it and etc...nowadays the "school + university + job" is way more systematic and "must do" nowadays in society...most musicians that appears in some cases are marginalized in some way...not only monetary, i mean general concerns...but we all know there are lot of young and not so young musicians doing incredible music even now...that gives us some hope.

For knowing if its or not a Masterpiece, doesnt depend on the tastes you have, if theres any help i could give , before listening to a place in the queue would be definitely the ingredients it has, on the "work of art" ingredient list of Mark Rothko:

There must be a clear PREOCCUPATION WITH DEATH - intimations of mortality....Tragic art, romantic art, etc. deals with the knowledge of death. SENSUALITY. Our basis of being concrete about the world. It is a lustful relationship to things that exist. TENSION. Either conflict or curbed desire. IRONY. This is a modern ingredient-the self effacement and examination WIT and PLAY....for the human element. The EPHEMERAL and CHANCE....for the human element. HOPE. 10% to make the tragic concept more endurable.

Think about it...

Stay Classy

RomanticWarrior | 5/5 |

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