The Music That Died Alone
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Long-time prog fans will be astounded at how many places this takes you and how many memories are jarred when they listen to this project. The Tangent doesn't copy anyone, but as this plays the multitude of old master influences will become readily apparent. You'll feel at times like you are hearing Yes or ELP or Van de Graaf Generator or maybe even King Crimson!
Listeners will be dazzled by the virtuosity of Tillison on keyboards and by the play of Stolt, who may just be the best prog guitarist in the business today. As for vocals, Stolt is by far the superior vocalist.
I like the entire CD. At 48 minutes, its a little short but The Tangent will give you every penny's worth of value. My favorites are a couple sequences from In Darkest Dreams, Cantermemorabilia, Up-hill From Here, and some of the interior sequences of the title cut. I have most recordings that Stolt has been involved in, now I will have to seek out some of Tillison's other work.
This CD is not for everyone, of course. If you are a fan of over-produced corporate rock, then you will want to avoid it. But if you are a dedicated connoisseur of the finest that prog rock has to offer, then ownership of The Music That Died Alone is mandatory.
However this is not some tired retread, the music is fresh and interesting. If your a fan of old prog rock like me
(and I'm hard to please) this CD is well worth the time.
It starts off with "Darkest Dreams" which is about half an hour long and has some great moments especially at the start of the CD. It then moves on to the "Canturbury Sequence", Canturbury is a style I had never listened to before, its a fusion of Jazz and Progressive Rock and its just brilliant how Roine and the rest of the crew pull it off. Then comes the 7 Minute single song, "Uphill From Here" With 2 different guitarists it makes this piece orignal and astoundingly enjoyable, the most fun track on this album! Then it finishes off nicely with the "Music That Died Alone".
Personally I hope this music never dies! Its great! If you like Flower Kings, Roine Stolt or are a fan of Progressive Rock in general, don't wait! Go for it today!
This CD, yet another of a huge collection of progressive "side projects", is, in a word, unbelievably great.
From the opening Keith Emerson-like organ riffs of "In Darkest Dreams"; to the Canterbury-inspired "The Canterbury Sequence" which has some lovely piano and flute work; to the flat-out rocking guitar solos of "Up-Hill From Here"; to the more somber tone of "The Music That Died Alone"; this CD is a stroll down the path of progressive music history.
Roine Stolt and Andy Tillison share vocals on "..Dreams", and Tillison handles all the vocals thereafter. Tillison was an unknown quality to me prior to this CD, but I am inspired to check out his work with his band Parallel or 90 Degrees. Roine Stolt, of course, has turned out reams of top-notch progressive music w/ The Flower Kings, as well as Transatlantic and Kaipa.(One bit of advice, if Stolt is involved with a CD, but it without waiting for reviews. Everything this guy touches turns to gold).
Tangent also includes a couple other members of Flower Kings, as well as a couple members of Tillison's band. David Jackson, of Van Der Graaf Generator fame handles woodwinds.
I'd say this CD is on the level of the two Transatlantic CDs, the Flower Kings' stuff, Dream Theater's "Scenes From A Memory". Uuuhh...yeah, it's that good.
It's a crime this type of music doesn't get airplay (at least it doesn't here in Kansas).
I've heard these guys are starting a 2nd CD soon. Can't wait.
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I received this album as a birthday gift; and I was a little skeptical at first - I had heard of Roine Stolt and had seen The Tangent on the shelves, but had hesitated before... Read morePublished on October 22, 2007 by S. Esin
An excellent "nouveau prog" album (I hope I get to coin the term), blending very smoothly a variety of influences, from jazz and Canterbury to symphonic prog. Read morePublished on October 4, 2007 by Minkosaurus
I have to admit that I don't know this one very well, I haven't listen to it very often. At first sight, this ain't bad, some great musical sequences but nothing memorable. Read morePublished on May 20, 2007 by Guy Campeau
I bought "The Music That Died Alone" never having heard of The Tangent. I purchased this CD based on some of the rave reviews I read for it and the association with other bands I... Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Brett Lindsey
It's progressive, all right. You can tell because it has all the official elements: tricky time signatures, highly arranged interlocking melodic elements, instrumental prowess for... Read morePublished on March 5, 2006 by Music maven
I've decided to review the way I want others to review. Tell me who you like and then I can decide if your taste and mine are the same. Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by Kevin Osborn