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THE TANGENT ‘The World That We Drive Through’
SPV 085-4522CD (2004)

The Tangent are a modern progressive band and this, their second album, mixes many styles. Symphonic and jazz fusion in the background, we get vocals that wouldn’t sound out of place on a modern Marillion or Pallas CD, while the music is eclectic. ‘The Winning Game’, an 11 minute epic, adds a little ELP and King Crimson in a very tight, polished and modern way.

‘Skipping The Distance’ picks things up a little, and ‘Photosynthesis’ (the shortest track here at 7 minutes) starts off more ambiently.

The band are a seven piece, with two keyboards, two guitars and a saxophone/flute. A full sound and lots of intricate interplay all round.

‘A Gap In The Night’ is a truly epic 18 minutes and like the whole album, is in places extremely enjoyable if a little difficult to get into on the first listen or so.

A very good album. It is, however, more progressive than most bands that get labelled so. So be warned.


Review by Joe Geesin

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