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5.0 out of 5 stars Throroughly enjoying this!, 27 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite Of Work) (Audio CD)
How on earth do you write a review that is "helpful"? Well, I don't believe there is a magic formula.
I have blown hot and cold with the Tangent, but generally, I really like the band.
This has put them right back on top - in my opinion.
I love the concept. It's about life - what we do; in case you had not already gathered that?
There are two things I like about this - one is the "kind of jazzy feel" to it. I guess that might open to misinterpretation? But, despite the serious concept, there seems to be a lightness that runs through it, which I like. There are some blatantly rock periods and that distinctive symphonic prog thematic feel. Basically, it is "progressive" in its variable tones.
The second thing is Gavin Harrison's wonderful drumming/percussion; he makes it 'sound' so easy. He doesn't dominate but really makes his mark here.
Naturally - there is the mastermind; the creator and driving force - Mr Andy Tillison who displays his musical skill formidably.
The steady and very competent bass of Mr Jonas Reingold to complete to rhythm section.
The very able Jakko M Jakszyk takes guitar and vocal duties.
All joined by a few "unknowns" - Theo Travis - wind instruments; David Longdon - vocals; Rikard Sjoblom - Narration and Guy Manning is in there somewhere.
"LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL" means "The Rite Of Work" and takes us through an 'ordinary day'. The lyrics reflect Tillison's cynical and abrasive attitude but I'm sure many will relate to them.
This is MY favourite Tangent album; I love it. Keen, professional, incisive and brilliantly executed.
And I still don't know how to write a review that is helpful!
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 15:34:31 BDT
Dr Theame says:
A good review Ben, but can I just say that having worked with Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Gong and on previous Tangent albums, I don't think Theo Travis can be described as an "unknown"!
Otherwise, I thought your review was as 'helpful' as a music review can be!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 16:24:25 BDT
Okay - fair enough. But - he was unknown to me!!! Many thanks for your kind comment anyway.
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