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3.28 | 65 ratings

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3 stars You can't always get what you want.

Okay, one of my favorite bands period. Tiles came out in the early 90's, when Rush started on the slippery slide. But their main strenght is to me, to bring back a certain atmosphere and sound of the good Rush era with panache and lots of technique. With Presents of Mind and topped with Window Dressing, they had going on in the heavy-but-not-so-easy-listening-prog, no doubt about it...then 'splat'?!?

Oh yeah, 'splat' indeed. The album feels like a joke that fell flat on it's face.... you look around, nobody's laughing. The crowd waits for a better one, and the pressure's on you to be funnier next time.

It hurts to write about it, but I have to be fair: this album is wishy-washy. Despite the fact that I'm a (big) fan, the songs are 'naked' when comparing to before. The songs lack drum and bass guitar fireworks (Landscrapes...ugh), and the complexity level is not as high; honestly, the whole thing feels rushed...but they tooked their time to do it, so what's the gag?!

Hopefully some tracks hit the spot like Hide in My Shadow with it's good chorus and Markers' middle time changes. Crowed emptiness is a cute song with a summer feeling and Alex Lifeson is doing wonders in Sacred and Mundane, saving the song from beind just there.

Tiles is capable of so much better, I know it!

Menswear | 3/5 |


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