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The Tea Club


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 177 ratings

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4 stars This is a fantastic release. Three things stand out to me on the first listen. Number one is the vocals. While Patrick McGowan on the lead vocals is superb, the backing vocals are also excellent. They did some incredible stuff layering the vocals, and even using some distorted vocals. This is not a typical step up to the mic and sing release. The compositions and song writing is the second thing that stood out. They absolutely went all out on the 27 minute Creature to satisfy serious prog ears with many changes, but also have some incredible sing along songs like If I Mean When, Say Yes, Came at a Loss. The lyrics and compositions are top notch, just like the musicianship. If / When was created with care and craftsmanship, and it shows. The third stand out for me is the production value. They have some ear candy moments where listening on headphones that is really something to take in and behold. Overall, this is a serious contender for the best album this year, and it is a masterpiece that has something for everyone. If / When is a progression forward for this very talented band. It is my favorite album from The Tea Club, and that is saying a lot with such an incredible catalog of albums.
javajeff | 4/5 |


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