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The Tangent brings together the UK and Sweden, two nations with a rich heritage of Progressive Rock. British native, Andy Tillison, is joined once again by Roine Stolt, singer, guitarist, and frontman of Sweden’s The Flower Kings, to collaborate as The Tangent. Joined again by fellow Flower Kings members, Jonas Reingold (bass) and Zoltan Csorsz (drums), The Tangent create a sublime mixture of neo-prog and classic Canterbury-style Progressive Rock. The World That We Drive Through features a mix of gorgeous melodies, lush jazz-inflected instrumental passages and virtuoso musicianship. The Tangent is already scheduled to headline the Rights of Spring Festival (ROSfest) in Philadelphia this coming April.

1. The Winning Game
2. Skipping The Distance
3. Photosynthesis
4. The World We Drive Through
5. A Gap In The Night
6. Exponenzgesetz

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002ZXCXK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Down And Out In London And Paris, their latest of five studio releases to date, sees prog rock band The Tangent concentrate more than ever before on their artistic expressiveness. “Our new album is a 100 per cent musical project. Where the previous album, Not As Good As The Book, was this whole multimedia thing with illustrations and science fiction novel, this one is about five pieces ... Read more in Amazon's The Tangent Store

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A must for any prog fan.
Jeff Greenberg
I value interesting music that is played and recorded well.
Squire Jaco
Good production does not substitute for content here.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on October 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This picks up where the first Tangent cd left off, with interesting, challenging melodies played and sung by some of the best in the business. The band has a full sound, but doesn't overplay either too fast or too loud. Love the sax and flute touches, courtesy of Theo Travis (replacing David Jackson on this cd).

I'll admit that even the venerable Flower Kings occasionally succumb to what is sometimes referred to as "noodling", and there is some of that here on this cd, especially in a couple of the longer pieces. But the production on this cd is so crisp and "present" that you can really enjoy even these slower moments.

What more could you demand? - one of the great rhythm sections in all of rock (or jazz fusion, for that matter) in Jonas Reingold (bass) and Zoltan Czorsz (drums); the superb guitar playing of Roine Stolt; excellent vocals from both Andy Tillison and Roine; lush keyboards throughout (Sam Baine and Andy); and all supporting some excellent compositions. (Effortless 3/4 - 4/4 time changes on "Photosynthesis" flow perfectly with the song's lyrics.)

The 14-minute "bonus" track 6 is an apparent tribute to the likes of Tangerine Dream; I personally won't listen to that track too much (a bit too experimental, spacey and unstructured for me), but everything else is prog excellence.

Add to that the fantastic cover art and great liner notes, and you've just found the album you were looking for.

I value interesting music that is played and recorded well. This cd's rating was based on:
Music quality = 9.2/10; Performance = 9.5/10; Production = 9.5/10; CD length = 10/10.
Overall score weighted on my proprietary scale = 9.4 ("5 stars")
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian on December 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while, a group of extremely talented musicians gets together and produces something equal to all their individual talents. Tangent has done this not only once, but twice now. I personally prefer the first CD - "The Music That Died Alone" to this one, but that's just my preference. This is a very,very good followup and will not disappoint those who enjoyed their first CD. Just my own bias, but if you're considering buying a Tangent CD and haven't yet - consider "The Music That Died Alone" for your first exposure. I believe that after you enjoy that Progressive masterpiece, it's easier to appreciate their work here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By x_bruce on April 24, 2006
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Of the progressive bands that are around, The Tangent remind me of the original years of prog more than anything I'm aware of, and I am a prog fan. The musicianship is top notch, with Andy Tillson being the first player of a melodic instrument to stand up to Roine Stolt in terms of skill and melodic quality. Hearing Tillson rip across the piano is a thing of joy. His jazz styled riffing and solos being a joy to hear. Roine is in fine form as well, his jazzier side is better evident then some of the last couple of Flower Kings albums, not including "Paradox Hotel" which has a more rock oriented atmosphere.

In addition, it's hard to think of a better modern rhythm section than Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz (also from the Flower Kings alumni). They are tight yet have an edge to the comping sections where the soloists play. The reason I consider this progressive instead of neo-prog is due to the tight arrangements where even Jonas and Zoltan stay in the picture by playing complex, yet perfectly placed fills that punctuate the solos and add meaningful moments within the songs.

Another nice touch are the vocals, which are divided between Tillson and Stolt. Their voices are different, with Roine givng way and singing in a more thoughtful, jazzy tone.

Critics and fans consider this "The Canterbury Scene" subgenre of progressive rock, and while I can see some similarities I must admit that "The Canterbury Scene" generally annoyed me when I was younger, and later in life, still does. It is a fey, seemingly going nowhere kind of music which is not at all what "The World In Which We Drive Through" is like. Arrangements are tight with strong melodic vocals and balanced musical approach of moderate prog rock with substantial jazz leanings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shane Wheeler on December 3, 2005
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So there's a lot of new progressive bands out there. Basically bands that take random licks and random ideas, throw them into an 11 minute track, and there's a song. The Mars Volta comes to mind. Not in a bad way, of course - I love the band - but in this context, lets assume not being like that is beneficial.

The Tangent is part of the same genre as the Mars Volta. Neo-Progressive rock, or simply progressive rock, whatever you decide to call it is fine. Roine Stolt - guitar legend of the Flower Kings - is a preformer with the Tangent, so that automatically assures you the guitars will be flawless, and they are.

The Tangent is a supergroup in the same vein as Transatlantic. And equally as good.

There are six tracks on this album. And five of them are classic prog. Track six, the bonus called 'Exponenzgesitz' is a jazzy, experimental track that I care little for. But it doesn't detract from the album, because after all, it is a bonus track and was added as an afterthought.

Overall, this is easily a step forward from their debut album, 'The Music that Died Alone'. Although one of the best albums of the year, it was full of good songs plagued with repetitiveness and randomness. Any such problems have been taken care of.

On this, 'The World That We Drive Through', you have several long tracks, each different and each amazing. The Winning Game is a very good, jazzy Flower Kings-esque track, and a good start to the album. The second track is one of the highlights, Skipping the Distance, and reminds me of Karmakanic (Jonas Reingold's solo project). Track three is a beautiful piece called Photosynthesis that just builds up. It's beauty cannot be put into words.

Then we get to the climax of the album.
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