'Fly Paper' is the fifth recording from Tiles and finds them refining their blend of progressive rock, soaring vocal melodies and aggressive hard rock. Producer Terry Brown (Rush, Alannah Myles, Fates Warning) returns to fashion a polished-yet-tactile sonic picture that instantly engages the listener. With artwork and packaging by renowned artist Hugh Syme, 'Fly Paper' also features an impressive roster of special guests including Alannah Myles on vocals; Kim Mitchell (Max Webster) and Alex Lifeson (Rush) on guitar; Hugh Syme on keyboards and orchestration; Matthew Parmenter (Discipline) on keyboards and vocals and Sonya Mastick on percussion. The initial pressing of 'Fly Paper' includes the bonus track 'Passing Notes'.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.64 x 4.95 x 0.39 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Inside Out Music
- Original Release Date : 2012
- Date First Available : December 5, 2007
- Label : Inside Out Music
- ASIN : B000XUJ77E
- Number of discs : 1
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I can tell though that this cd for us, was a bit of a return to just writing
fun songs with a prog over tone. This cd has something I think, for anyone who likes rock music.
Hard rock, classic rock and Prog rock!!!
Produced and recorded by Terry Brown (RUSH, Fates Warning, Allanah Myles)
Alex Lifeson of RUSH guests on a song as well as Allanh Myles, Kim Mitchell and Hugh Syme.
Art work done by Hugh Syme
The album's sound goes beyond the Rush influence, adding a neo-prog emphasis, and their own style. Tiles has enough of their own distinctive style and musical creativity/energy to make this release an absolute progressive pleasure.
Although the band has used a number of interesting guest, none of them seem to make any real difference to the already established style/sound of Tiles. They just happen to be there. The one exception to this is Kim Mitchell. His guitar playing strikes a significant difference in sound, and adds his unique style without overpowering the Tiles sound. He has made a worthy contribution to this record. BTW, he is known for his involvement with the band - Max Webster, but was pretty successful on his own in the latter half of the 80's.
All the songs meet and pass the true test of progressive rock quality. The album ends with sort of a hidden track - which is very relaxed and beautiful piano based piece.
Great job Chris!
The tunes are mostly uptempo with catchy melodies and great riffs. Lyrically, the songs are pretty dark. As far as I can tell they deal with relationships and personal challenges (indecision, being introverted, and maybe depression); but don't come across as downers. There's lot of great guitar work and the special guests add a lot. Alex Lifeson of Rush cranks all over "Sacred & Mundane," Kim Mitchell's solo on "Dragons..." is on the edge, Alannah Myles' vocals on "Back & Forth" add a great vibe, and Hugh Syme's piano on "Passing Notes" is hauntingly beautiful.
For what it's worth, and biased or not, I think this is an excellent progressive hard rock CD. I can only hope their next one is as good.