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The Tangent - The World That We Drive Through

The Tangent - The World That We Drive ThroughThe second offering from 'supergroup' The Tangent is again a excellent release. With the same line up as the first album (but minus David Jackson and the inclusion of Theo Travis) the band have provided us with a journey through the styles of jazz and prog all combined into just under the hour mark and 5 tracks.

Opening the album The Winning Game starts with a flute/keyboard intro, before exploding into life, with Roine Stolt taking the vocals after just one and a half minutes. This track changes many times, before returning to the main melody at the start. During this opener, backing la la la vocals from Sam Baine give it a nice edge.

The keyboard players of Andy Tillison and Sam have produced some classic sounds, such as swirling synths and a choir style Mellotron. But the playing of Theo Travis on saxes and flute come to life on all of the tracks and it is hard to put a comparison on the sounds he produces. Again the Flower Kings trio of Roine Stolt, bassist Jonas Reingold and drummer Zoltan Csorsz have had their input in their own way. Jonas again producing some fine bass passages including fretless and of course Roine's wailing guitar is noticeable. Guy Manning wades in too, with some acoustic guitar and vocals.

Skipping The Distance is a nice little rocker in the prog and jazz vein, again the vocals from Sam can be heard, and Theo's flute playing is a bonus too.

The third track Photosynthesis has become a early forerunner as the best track on the album for me. There is a pleasant chorus with Andy taking the lead vocals on this track, and as it is the shortest clocking in at 7:40. The playing again is first class, with the rhythm section of Zoltan and Jonas in harmony with each other, and yet again the flute stands out.

The title track follows next, with a gentle opening, and this time the sax controls the riffs. Andy again taking lead vocals, and the 70's style synths and Hammond kick in, together with the Flower Kings back bone, make this a worthy title track. There are some nice spacey sounds too mid-way while Andy's vocals dominate the quiet passages.

Closing the album is A Gap In The Night, with again all members firing on all cylinders after the vocal and keys opening. Roine's guitar coming into play before the classic piano sounds take over again with Andy's vocals. There is a touch of Deep Purple's Child In Time style with the cymbals and organ just after the intro, before the whole band introduce all their instruments. The organ and rising guitar are very in the frame, and as this is the longest track, there are many changes. Quiet passages, spacey sounds with a pleasant mandolin and acoustic guitar with all the vocalists put a nice mood and feel to this. There are little touches of a Hammill Van Der Graaf with the sax and Hammond sounds, but the Mellotron choir sound for me puts the icing on the cake!

To sum up, this again is a excellent release and should appeal to fans of The Flower Kings, PO90 and Van Der Graaf Generator. With pleasant songs and precise playing make this a good album in anyone's collection.

Danny Mayo

The Tangent


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