CD Review: The Tangent “COMM”

The Tangent
Inside Out Music
Tracks: 5

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5

“COMM” is the latest release by the progressive rock group The Tangent. The album features 5 new tracks and is the follow up release to the bands 2010 release “A Place on the Shelf”. “COMM” is also the 4th album released by the group in 4 years and is the bands 7th album overall. “COMM” is full of extravagant instrumentation complimented by a variety of keyboard sounds provided by band founder Andy Tillison as well us some amazing guitar lines by 22 year old Luke Machin. “COMM” takes the listener on a sonic journey from the very first notes on track one all the way through to the last note of the final song.

The Tangent’s latest release “COMM” is full of quirky over synthesized tracks that really did nothing for me. As a listener I found it very hard to connect with any of the albums 5 tracks. Even with funny titles like “The Wiki Man” and “Tech Support Guy” drawing me in I just couldn’t find anything that appealed to me on this album. “COMM” does feature some very good playing by all the members of the group however I would have rather seen them sacrifice some of that playing for better song structure. If you are a fan of The Tangents previous releases then I am sure that “COMM” will fit right in with your collection but I don’t think the album has a strong enough appeal to draw in new listeners.

Track Listing:

1.)    The Wiki Man

2.)    The Mind’s Eye

3.)    Shoot Them Down

4.)    Tech Support Guy

5.)    Titanic Calls Carpathia


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