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5.0 out of 5 stars The ones that got away, 9 Oct 2003
This review is from: Splendor Solis (Audio CD)
I first heard Tea Party back in '94 when some early hours TV prog featured a vid of the band performing Save Me. I was knocked out and went for this album straight away. I couldn't believe my ears. In a world of spindly indie Brit pack brat crap and sugar coated US AOR, I had stumbled upon an undiscovered MOUNTAIN of a band. Think of Led Zepp in their prime, blend with the foothills of the Himalayas and an army of Genghis Khans led by Terry the Incredibly Terrible and you just might get my drift.
I went to the Marquee some months later to see them live and was totally convinced that I was looking at the finest rock band ever to walk the planet - and for someone who grew up watching Led Zepp, The Who and Jethro Tull in the early to mid seventies, I have to say this came as something of a 1994 surprise! Jeff Martin, not only blessed with looks that blended Che Guevara and Jim Morrisson, played guitar some way between Jimmy Page and John Mclaughlin - tripled to a voice powerful enough to kill lost souls in the dance tent at Glastonbury - from the main stage!
Back to the album: it just grows and grows and keeps on growing. Read the martyn4 review for great insight - but I will add that the final two tracks, effectively an acoustic intro that meanders path like up that mountain to finally reveal a hidden volcano, erupts an awesome, beautiful lava into every miniscule of heart and soul. Backed by an as good as it gets rhythm section in Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood, and a catalogue of sublime albums that only have the Smashing Pumpkins to compete with in terms of consistent top of the class delivery and there you have it - the ones that got away or even the land that time never really knew. And why was that? Spindly indie Brit pack brat crap and sugar coated US AOR - lapped up by the homogenised, media-riddled numbskulls that masquerade as the youth of today. Missing out? Missing everything if you don't own this catalogue of genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the beginning of a new way of life, 6 Oct 2001
This review is from: Splendor Solis (Audio CD)
Want to improve your life? Buy this CD. Then, when it's captured your soul, buy all the other Tea Party albums in correct chronological order (so you can follow their progression) and listen to them too. When I first heard this music, I fell in love. Anybody who has ever fallen in love recognises the sheer intensity of the emotions and that is exactly what this music evokes. When you hear JM singing 'In this time', you have enough love in your heart to heal the woes of the world. Just thinking about JM's voice is making me melt.... This is, quite simply, the most spiritual music ever produced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Debut from Canada's Finest, you gotta buy it!!, 13 Nov 2000
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Martyn (Banbridge, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Splendor Solis (Audio CD)
All I can say abiut this Album is that it is hugely underrated. This is one of the greatest albums EVER!! The Tea Party blend eastern and cletic sounds and add some great rocking rythums (a la Led Zepplin) and beautiful melodies and you are as close to perfection as you can get for 16!! It is such a shame that this album and all the bands other discs are deleted, and only on import, because not everyone can get a chance to sample this great band. Lead singer and Vocalist (song writer and producer to boot) Jeff Martin is a modern day genius, songs like Midsummer's Day A Certain Slant of light, In This Timeand Dreams of Reason showcase the bands song crafting abilities to the full, semi-acoustic haunting songs full of soul and emotion, the epic Save Me is the anthem that all those lonely hearts out there, and the haunting vocals of Jeff Martin add so much to these masterpieces picture Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) singing for Counting Crows covering Blind Melon and Afahan Whigs and you get an idea of The Tea Party. Jeff's production and Guitars are top drawer!! as are the rythum section ofJeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood with thier tribalistic beats. But it is not all ballads here no way!! Rocking tracks such as The River, Sun Going Down and Raven skies will please any seasoned rocker, I myself like the likes of Fear Factory, Sepultura and the like but the Tea Party are one of the best bands ever. If you are a fan of Led Zepplin and their ilk then you will feel right at home here, this album might not be for everyone but i'm not everyone, GET THIS ALBUM RIGHT NOW DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and save your music collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album, 25 Jun 2006
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Canadian 3 piece "Tea Party" recorded 8 albums in total with Splendor Solis being the initial release back in 1993. With the majority of UK rock fans still caught up in GNR, Nirvana and Pumpkin mania the album was to be under rated and ignored by the masses. Splendor Solis lays out the Tea Party stall and set a high standard for the group to surpass. The sound is a cross between Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam with some Eastern spice mixed in for good measure and some very traditionally un rock instruments. The stand out tracks for me are the starter "The River" and track 5 "Save Me" which descibes how a woman is informed that her husband has been killed in the line of duty. The music is intriguing and the lyrics interesting. Of particular merit are the vocals and the singer's ability to go from all out screaming to the softest tones and never sound fake. You get the impression he really wants to say these words and that every line means something deep. "Winter Solstice" is an instrumental track and is a peculiar mix of Irish and Indian sounds which complement each other like a Guiness and Chicken Bhuna. "Sun going Down" is a bluesy affair which gets as close to funky as Tea Party ever do, climaxing in screams of "Peter, Let me In !" over a wall of distorted guitar. To emphasis their versatility as musicians the following track "In this Time" is a total contrast with soft acoustic guitar on top of mellow feedback.

It's not an album full of sing along anthems nor could it be classed as a particularly feel-good album but for those with an ear for decent rock music and on quest to find something a little different, you'd do worse than to come along to the Tea Party.
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5.0 out of 5 stars come to the tea partyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, 15 May 2014
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this is the album that introduce me to the magical musical musicianship of Jeff Burrows, Stuart Chatwood `N` Jeff Martin. personnel fav`s are save me, in this time, the majestic song `n` the river, blues, rock, psychedelic, powertrio. think led zeppelin with Jim Morrinson sing. that right on. . . so if you like the parts blues to Morrinson buy it. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember them with this hidden gem., 14 July 2010
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Alister King "Big Al" (London) - See all my reviews
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Splendor Solis (1993) was power trio The Tea Party's first release on EMI Music Canada and by far their best. It's essentially Led Zeppelin meets The Doors but with their own identity writ large over that. 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars feature heavily along with powerful drum & bass driven rhythms. The quiet/loud dynamic is exploited successfully too. Elements of blues and psychedelia creep in too. There are 3 all time killer tracks. Album opener "The River" sets out their stall perfectly, fading in with a shimmering guitar, developing into a hypnotic rhythm before pausing and going nuts. "A Certain Slant of Light", dedicated to a heroin addicted friend, is a dark power ballad, exploring the inevitable panic of coming down from the high. "Save Me" is a heroic and epic tale of battle & loss seen from the POV of the lady who must watch her man leave to fight. The chorus is a heartfelt plea that will move even the coldest heart. This brilliant album was buried under a sea of Grunge toss and its lack of global sales forced the band into a more commercial, alt.rock direction which was a sad affair.
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