The Tangent-The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery (or Where Do We Draw the Line Now?)

Calling all prog nerds!  Send me your huddled masses of Yes, ELP and Genesis fans.  Bring me the broken spirit of Pink Floyd mavens and King Crimson devotees.  Here’s a nice new album to sooth your geeky little hearts with keyboard flourishes aplenty and songs approaching the 20 minute mark.

I’m new to the soundscapes of The Tangent.  This is a prog rock project masterminded by keyboardist Andy Tillison along with a few members of The Flower Kings that has been plugging quietly along for some time now.  After hearing this latest platter, I’m kind of upset that I’m just now stumbling upon them.  This is a well crafted platter of keyboard driven prog that covers the gambit of rock and jazz fusion in equal measure.  Plus, it really offers some serious political critiques lyrically, especially focusing on the Brexit measures and the whole wave of anti-immigrant sentiment and nationalist fervor sweeping over Europe and America.  It gets a little preachy in places, but overall, as long as you aren’t a fucking Nazi, you should be able to handle it’s message.  I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that your typical Trump voter should just stay away because this thing is going to make your entitled sense of misplaced rage explode.  Buck up, little snowflake.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Anyhoo, if you fancy yourself a fan of prog in the vein of Spock’s Beard and see your political leanings a little more of the left side of things, give this thing a listen.  I think you’ll find a fairly enjoyable ride.

3.5 flip flops out of 5

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