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Edges of Twilight


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  • Audio CD (July 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000003JD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fire In The Head
2. The Bazaar
3. Correspondences
4. The Badger
5. Silence
6. Sister Awake
7. Turn The Lamp Down Low
8. Shadows On The Mountainside
9. Drawing Down The Moon
10. Inanna
11. Coming Home
12. Walk With Me

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Like Led Zeppelin some 25 years ago, the Tea Party draw from a wealth of influences and cultures to create a sound uniquely their own, exotic and earthy, with neo-progressive flourishes and Middle Eastern-sounding melodies. On The Edges of Twilight they start off with a hefty punch of finely crafted, hypnotic hard rock, and then ease the listener into a world where piano ballads, the blues, and hypnotic, sitar-laden meditations seem to fit together perfectly.

From gorgeous acoustic instrumentals to jarring teeth-rattlers, the Tea Party prove unusually adept at everything they try. Sure, they are essentially an FM rock band, having more in common with Alice in Chains and Queensryche than they may care to admit, but they have far more talent and depth than many of their rather one-dimensional contemporaries. It's this versatility and wealth of quality material that separate them from the pack. --Adem Tepedelen

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Very good album, from a very good band.
Harry Manback
This is THEIR BEST album, although the other albums are really amzing making this band one of th best canadien band ever.
Frank
I've seen them play live and they do a wonderful job and are not dependent on machines live like God Lives Under Water is.
Anthony DAngelo

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Finding good music is hard to do. Finding good, well-written, well-sung and original stuff is even harder, but Tea Party's exceptional "Edges of Twilight" manages to be all of the above. With a sort of exotic-rock edge reminiscent of classic bands (Led Zeppelin, The Doors), "Edges" is a treat.
Among them is the wonderful rock opener "Fire in the Head" ("I'm waiting/flowers of evil in my mind/and I'm waiting/dancing with fire on the edge") and the more exotic "Bazaar," the exquisite "Sister Awake," the amazing "Drawing Down the Moon," the strangely sexy, frightening "Walk With Me," and the very different, almost Middle-Eastern "Inanna" ("Into the starlit sea my love/into the moonlit sea/riding the crest of winds above/I'm begging you stay with me").
Even when the songs are simply written, the references to fire, "the sun in the flame," drawing down the moon, red rivers going to the sea, "the city of the evening star," idols speaking at twilight, moonlit seas, and the unnamed love riding the winds back to the narrator. There's a mystical-sounding edge to virtually every song on here, though that's not a quality usually assigned to rock-ier songs. The vocals are good, and the music more than makes up for any flaws; the guitar playing is some of the best I've heard for a long while, backed up by keyboard, sitar, drums, bells, and more.
While being influenced from some of the best of classic rock, "Tea Party" is entirely their own animal, with amazing songs that most bands can only dream of. Original, alluring, and a definite winner for fans of amazing music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"The Edges of Twilight" (1995)- The Tea Party
Canada's most talented three-piece rock band (Jeff Martin, Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood) has four major label albums to their credit, one of which has a multimedia section. They have also released an album independently, back in 1991. They have three double-platinum (Canadian sales) albums, meaning they've sold 600,000 or more. They've explored almost every genre of music, from blues and folk to heavy techno. Their best effort to date is 1995's The Edges of Twilight. The album starts with three notes playing over and over, on "Fire In the Head." It puts you in a trance almost instantly, and prepares you for what you'll hear. The title itself is a good term to describe the album. Once the feedback from the guitar rings in, you'll see what the band does best; they take you to some other place, where the music is all you hear (Listen to this album straight through from the start. It has a linear progression, like a story). The violins make the perfect climax to track 1, before bells chime in the fade-out (Listen closely to hear them). "The Bazaar" begins with a sinister bass, before ripping into one of the best intros I've ever heard for any song. Jeff Martin's voice is in top form on every song, Jeff Burrows can perfectly set a mood with his drum tempo, and Stuart Chatwood can play piano or use atmospheric sounds depending on the situation. After a frenetic 3˝ minutes, the pace slows down for "Correspondences," but not the intensity. The tune starts slow, building up to the final chorus, with Jeff Martin shouting "You tear me apart!" The song isn't dark as much as melancholy, but the emotion in Jeff's voice is astounding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Kyle on July 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you had just one CD to choose from on your desert island, this is the one. It has a song on it for every mood. From hard rock to pound your fists with, to ethereal instrumentation to put you in a trance. The blues numbers on this CD are exquisite, but the Mid-Eastern-tinged songs are what makes this album really come alive. Numerous and numerous ecclectic instruments were used to produce many of the awesome sounds: from the Sitar, Hammered Dulcimer (Santur), Harmonium, Tamboura, Oud, Saz, Hurdy Gurdy, and the list goes on and on and on. Sure some of these songs resemble somewhat Led Zep's earlier work, but the mighty Zoso has never embraced Mid-Eastern music (not to mention playing the instruments) as the Tea Party has done. This CD is definitely a must-have for those with discriminating tastes and who can acknowledge excellent song writing, beautiful lyrics, and superb, rare-these-days-for-a-rock-band musicianship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first got this CD in mid-1997. My dad had picked it up after hearing one of their songs (which turned out to be "Sister Awake") on the radio, and he'd thought it sounded like an unreleased Doors track. When he played me this CD (mostly the opener "Fire In the Head"), I said "it's trash!" At that time, though, I was listening to Hanson (who I have no problem with, but...) and other pop groups, which, while good at cheery pop songs, were a bit one-dimensional. After giving this a few more chances, mostly with the quieter acoustic tracks, I REALLY started to like this album. Over time, I listened to it more and more, completely dazzled by the pure melancholy and spookiness prevalent on almost every track. Some CDs have a few "epic" songs, which really deliver an impact, but on Edges of Twilight, EVERY song is an epic. As well, there is huge musical diversity: folky acoustics ("The Badger", "Coming Home"), beautiful, melancholy tracks ("Correspondences", which has one of the best endings ever), and psychedilic, mind-expandingly SCARY songs like "Fire In the Head", "Drawing Down the Moon" (which also happens to have some downright amazing blues playing), and the menacing finale "Walk With Me", where Jeff Martin delivers what just might be the most purely EVIL vocal note known to man, where he baritones "Come on in and lady, you WALK", right before the final sanity-shattering chorus. This CD is simply a trip. And if it weren't for this, most of my existing 150-CD collection wouldn't be in my possession. That's how much I liked (and still do like) this disc.
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