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4 stars The album Rush never recorded.

If you can't get enough of the Hemispheres/ Permanent Waves / Moving Pictures period of Rush, go get this album. Tiles is surprisingly tight and ambitious on Presents of Minds. Ambitious too, they even got Terry Brown on production and Hugh Syme on sleeve concept! Talk about wanting to re-create the moment! Oh MaN YeAh ! It's a success all the way. Maybe some numbers are (a tad) less influenced, but the whole feel is efficient enough to hear the message: "Perpetuate the legend".

While their last album 'Fence the Clear' was in the same vein (but in a much lazyer way) this is a big jump in skills and writing. The drums, the bass and especially the guitar is proving what these guys are capable of. The singer's voice is quite good, in a tone we don't hear often. Just listen to the Mp3 on this site, it's a fantastic track and guess what, it's not even the best song of the album!

Man, there's not much to say except this is exceptionnal stuff, and a great consolation prize to fans of the fantastic Rsuh period of '78-81. This is very refreshing stuff and a tremendous jump in quality from the other Tiles records. Funny how such a skilled band could only bullseye once like that. Too bad!

Influenced by Rush but at the same time, a classic example of recycling a good idea into another one!

Menswear | 4/5 |


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