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4.01 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tygerland (3:39)
2. Cyanide (4:47)
3. Orange Sky (6:03)
4. War Child (9.09)
5. Limelight (5:22)
6. Razorwire (7:47)
7. Into The Indigo (5:23)
8. Windsong (20:16)

Total time: 62:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Cary Grace / vocals, guitar (1,7), synth (3,6,8), electronics (3,8), production & mixing

- John Garden / guitar (2,4,5), keyboards (4,5), synth (8)
- Steffe Sharpstrings / guitars (lead, synth, glissando)
- Andy Budge / bass, synth (3)
- David Payne / drums
- Catriona Shaw / trumpet & saxophone (4)
- Owain Hutchings / guitar (6)
- Graham Clark / violin (7)
- Spencer Cullum Jr. / pedal steel (7)
- Mark Griffin / drums (7)

Releases information

CD Door 13 Music ‎- D13 0016 (2015, UK)

Digital album

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CARY GRACE Tygerland ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars I Heard The Song Of The Wind ...

This is written to let you know that Cary Grace has a new challenging album at the start in 2015. 'Tygerland' undoubtedly lives from diverse influences. The production is verifying that we are dealing with a rather experimental musician and composer. While coming from a singer/songwriter home base, Cary always tries to reach for new horizons. This includes obvious guitar skills and a lovely singing voice on one hand, but there's also a proven passion to state for all sorts of vintage synthesizer stuff as well as for the liaison with other like-minded musicians.

Maybe exemplary for her approach is the collaboration with the US avant space rock band F/I some time ago. Stylistically the new album delivers a lot of rock music variation, even incorporating popular or trip hop hints ... and spaced out cosmic elaborations of course. So much for the global musical boundaries you're looking forward to. With Steffe Sharpstrings (Gong, Here & Now, Sentient) she has found a new congenial colleague concerning most of the recordings - true to form he impresses with his inspired space guitar and synth appearance.

Besides some additional supporters, who have an effect here, longtime studio compagnions Andy Budge (bass) and David Payne on drums are involved again. John Garden, who formerly has worked for Alison Moyet amongst others, is also aboard surprisingly on keyboards and guitars. Well, the opening title track may irritate a bit due to its totally spaced out behaviour - in any case you can immediately recognize that Steffe has a horse in the race here.

Cary is taking a wander through different stages afterwards, for example the straightforward Cyanide or the more trip hop flavoured Orange Sky which turns the album into another direction. The first highlight follows with War Child while including some US west coast rooted influence, a bit Jefferson Airplane alike. Into The Indigo shows some country flavour, where the nice pop rock related Limelight features fantastic electric piano and guitar attendance.

And then the grand finale - the extended Windsong - something magical per se! Cary once promised that I would like that especially ... and yes, she will enter Madmoiselle Marquee's footsteps a bit, the hallucinating flow paired with her ethereal voice is offering us something like a new myth. Although it starts a tad gloomy, creepy, the band is providing a wonderful meandering atmosphere afterwards. I bet it's Steffe's bow which slides with so much intuition, and/or the guitar synth is responsible for some remarkable effect.

The band turns into a magnificent slow tempo space groove after some time, the main theme comes repetitive, just mantra like. Captivating, the song is a masterpiece due to its uniqueness. So this yet again is a Cary Grace album I'm totally satisfied with. It's shaping up so well, I particularly mean the collaboration with Steffe and her diversified vocal respectively recitative expression. Hopefully there will come more of this in the near future. Official release date is 13 July 2015, but you already can stream some album excerpts on her bandcamp page. It's worth it!

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars British artist Cary GRACE first appeared back in 2004 with her debut album "Book of Rhymes", and has since been a feature in the UK rock scene, issuing new material at a steady pace. "Tygerland" is her sixth and so far most recent studio album, released in 2015 through the UK indie label Door 13 Music.

The psychedelic rock scene appears to be a vital and productive one at present, at least from what I can see, and those with an interest in the more progressive rock and space rock oriented aspects of that universe are probably aware of Cary Grace already. If not, this is an artist that does merit a first and second look, and as far as I'm concerned, "Tygerland" should be a good starting point to operate out from to become familiar with her material.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Cary's 2015 album 'Tygerland' saw a wider group of supporting musicians, as well as a more diverse mix of styles. Part of this was due to the way this album came together, in that one song was actually from the 'Perpetual Motions' sessions some five years earlier and includes performances from Graham Clark (Gong, Magick Brothers), and Spencer Cullum Jr. (Dead String Brothers, Steelism). Another five songs were recorded in live session with Steffe Sharpstrings (Here & Now, Planet Gong, Sentient, Psy Gong), John Garden (who had worked with Cary before, Scissor Sisters, Alison Moyet, Mauve La Biche), alongside seasoned collaborators Andy Budge (bass), and David Payne (drums). One of the session tracks also includes Catriona Shaw on trumpet and sax, adding yet another musical strong to the bow.

In many ways this is a much more straightforward album, darker and more gothic, and I found myself thinking more and more of Patti Smith as an inspiration, which Cary has then taken into new territory. "War Child" contains wonderful guitar, great Hammond-style keyboards, and it is hard for me to actually write anything about it as I just want to close my eyes and drift into the music (which is not a good thing when you are as poor a touch typist as I am). Nine minutes of classic space rock, psychedelic with Gong and Hawkwind influences, and her vocals over the top of it all. Strangely commercial, the repeated saxophone line drills into the psyche, pinning the brain and baring the soul.

Lots of vocals on this album, with just one really lengthy number, "Windsong". At more than twenty minutes in length, this is an emotional and atmospheric wander through a forest in the mist. Shapes keep coming out of nowhere, then disappear, and the mind starts to play tricks as it asks if something was real or imagined. It is eerie, evocative, and yet again so very different to much of what has gone before. When Cary starts to speak, telling the story of when she was a naked child, it is compelling, vital, and the rest of the world disappears. The joining together of the words and the music is symbiotic, made for each other, and lifting each to even greater heights. This is an incredible introduction to the world and mind of Cary Grace, and the one to which I most often return.

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