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3.93 | 33 ratings | 5 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. While There's Still Time (8:35)
2. Eyes (6:51)
3. Raining On the Parade (8:18)
4. Harp Dance & Dig the Sod (inst.) (7:07)
5. Finger Painting (7:26)
6. On Dr Syntax's Head (5:36)
7. We're Sleeping (inst.) (2:46)
8. Route Thirty Six - Part 2 (inst.) (9:38)
9. Dancing On Eggshells (6:28)
10. Hearts 'n' Minds (4:28)
11. Black Dream (6:09)

Line-up / Musicians

- Max Hunt / keyboards, back vocals, programming, accordion
- Jason Tilbrook / basses, mandolins, & balalaika, dulcimer
- Bob Leek / lead vocals, classical guitars
- Nick Beere / electric & acoustic guitars, back vocals, percussion
- Tony Wells / drums
- Geraldine Hunt / keyboards, back vocals, recorder

- Tim Day / electric guitar (on 3 & 8)

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TANTALUS Lumen Et Caligo - I ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(55%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

TANTALUS Lumen Et Caligo - I reviews

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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Regardless how anyone may wish to slice and dice this unique recording, truth is Tantalus has pretty much a classic neo style that incorporates glory day progisms with some extremely modern touches, nothing more apparent than vocalist Bob Leek's seductive voice (very similar in tone to 80's UK synth pop Naked Eyes' lead singer Peter Byrne). The paucity of decent vocalists is prog's bane but Leek has an extraordinary set of pipes that are instantly appealing, making this perhaps one of the all-time greatest "neo" recordings ever, on par with the best from Collage, Satellite, IQ, Pendragon, Galahad, etc.Every song is a scintillating example of tuneful songcraft, ideal when in the need for some progressive candy as opposed to the heavy technical meat & potatoes we all regularly feast on. The keyboards are swirling affairs in the hands of husband & wife team of Max & Geraldine Hunt, with plenty of pretty piano flourishes, chugging organ runs and some flashy synthesizer solos. The fretwork is expertly handled by Nick Beere, who rings out inspired leads when the material needs an exclamation point. Jason Tilbrook keeps a steady pace as well as contributing dulcimer, mandolin, mandola & balalaika while Tony Wells smacks some forceful beats out of his kit. The songs are extended mid-tempo melodious affairs that exude a whimsical charm that grabs immediately, huge melodies heavily slanting towards the romantic but chock full of simply brilliant passages or instrumental solos that really hit the mark. The first three songs are instant jewels: "While There's Still Time" opens with a convincing presentation of all the band's attributes clearly displayed, fascinating group work and a huge melody. "Eyes" is a memorable hook-laden piece with supreme vocal delivery and a guitar solo that really swerves into some passionate areas. The fabulous vocal work continues on "Raining on the Parade", with a well crafted tortuous guitar solo that leaves goose bumps around the earphones, followed by a driving gallop that leaves no stone unturned. "Harp Dance/Dig the Sod" provides an instrumental interlude that leans heavily on Celtic/folk traditions with Geraldine's recorder work leading the way, a phosphorous Beere solo flings this into Andy Latimer territory with a gut wrenching performance, in unison with the grandiose theme a definite and somewhat unexpected album highlight. There is no relenting as "Finger Painting" quickly inspires awe, an intensely brooding piece that is immediately mesmerizing, with a thick muffled beat, a dignified yet angst-laden chorus that sears the brain, conducted by a huge wailing voice and another 6 string bleeding that flows savagely, synthesizers wildly dancing in the background, just like a painting! "On Dr. Syntax's Head" carpets some heavier sonic snippets, a seemingly more histrionic arrangement with purring synths and some decidedly adventurous soloing from Nick, full of furious and stormy notes, timbres and shrieks. An acoustic guitar instrumental brings some brief relief, as if to prepare the last leg towards home, again unexpected and yet most welcome tranquility. The album's absolute peak is reached with the next instrumental, the ravishing 9 and a half minute "Route 36 Part 2", a classic electric guitar prog étude that rivals anything by the masters, hinting at the heavenly heights of Hackett's "Spectral Mornings", with massive keyboard interventions, as well as sultry mandolin encouragements, both setting the table for Beere's mania axe to repeatedly soar deep into the ionosphere! Some devastating choir mellotron then launches another unbearable dripping solo. The melancholic "Dancing on Eggshells" is probably the most immediate track here, with the overt Naked Eyes vocal exuding warmth that just can't be shaken. Beere goes crazy again with a blistering showcase, (who is this guy?). "Hearts & Minds" has the guitarist singing, a breezy affair somehow closer to Mostly Autumn than anything else, plied with great piano and moog work until the fretmeister lets another run out of his rather large bag. "Black Dream" is a cover version of brit Nick James 1972 song, unknown to this reviewer, so I cannot say whether an improvement or not but it does sounds like a typical rock song from that era. A pretty good piece with the by now obligatory fiery guitar solo (a damn good one to boot!) closes out this near perfect monument. Tantalizing 4.5 beeres
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars So these guys aren't Italian then ? Haha. Nope and they're Prog-Related at that. Ok now that we got that straight onto the music. This has been an enjoyable listen although at over 73 minutes too long for my tastes. I do get why they are under the Prog-Related heading, I mean this music is on the commercial side of things, some radio friendly tracks for sure but not poppy.

"While There's Still Time" takes a while to get going and when it does we get almost a dance- like beat until the organ and synths take over. The vocals after 2 minutes are easy on the ears. I like them. Outbursts of organ come and go. "Eyes" opens with the birds chirping before these syrupy vocals and a pastoral soundscape take over. It's better when the sound gets fuller. This is pleasant, too pleasant. Haha. "Raining On The Parade" is fairly uptempo with piano before it settles before 2 minutes when the vocals come in.The tempo picks up 6 1/2 minutes to the end. "Harp Dance & Dig The Sod" opens with recorder.The sound gets fuller 1 1/2 minutes in then the guitar starts to soar a minute later. The recorder is back. "Finger Painting" has a good rhythm as vocals join in. It's spacey late. "On Dr Syntax's Head" opens with vocal samples before the music kicks in. We get spacey synths before 3 minutes and the guitar that follows is excellent.

"Shhhhhh! We're Sleeping" is an instrumental of acoustic guitar. "Route Thirty Six- Part 2" is another instrumental but with soaring guitar and synths. Great sound to open. Drums a minute in as the guitar solos.The song continues to change. Synths only 4 minutes in. Nice guitar 8 minutes in. "Dancing On Eggshells" and the next track are my two favourites, so yes it ends strongly.This one is simply melodic with those enjoyable vocals. A feel good tune for sure. I like the guitar 3 1/2 minutes in as he lights it up. "Hearts N' Minds" has a different vocalist but he's fantastic as well. Another uplifting and melodic track. Lots of synths and organ. Soaring guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. I really like those two songs. "Black Dream" is a cover of a Nick James song. I know niether the artist or the song. It's uptempo to open before settling quickly with vocals. Contrasts continue.It's ok.

Can't give more then 3 stars but those who are into well done melodic music will like this a lot.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Tantalus third is one of the best modern-progressive album I've heard recently. Interesting, catchy melodies, nice vocals and well constructed songs draw your attention for the whole 73 minutes. Three instrumental parts are the highlights of the album, but the first - "Harp Dance & Dig the Sod ... (read more)

Report this review (#16920) | Posted by | Monday, April 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A record full of magic sounds from the seventies with rocky rhythm and neoprog with folk influences. It sounds like a mixtures from PINK FLOYD, EL&P, YES, MOSTLY AUTUMN and ASIA. This opus is full of emotion, diversification and genius parts. It is music from yesterday, today and for tomorrow. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#16917) | Posted by k.bornemann | Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This record is my absolut Top-Highlight of the year 2003. I think, it is one of the best Neo-Prog-Records in the last years. Make a mixture of MOSTLY AUTUMN, YES & ELP with a pinch of A-HA and flavour all with superb rocky guitars (played by "Nick Beere" - hear the instrumental "Route Thirty Six Par ... (read more)

Report this review (#16916) | Posted by wolfram.e | Monday, March 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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