Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Tirith "Tales From The Tower"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateSeptember 30, 2015
01. Farewell Fair Laurien
02. Gin Lil
03. Laurelae
04. Home From The Sea
05. The Daughter Of The Water
06. The Quest
07. Gazing At Stars
08. The Tower
09. Song Of All Ages
10. Pioneers Of The Outer Arm
11. Lost

Tim Cox – guitars including nylon guitar, keyboards and programming
Richard Cory – vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, and pedals
Carl Nightingale – drums
Paul Williams – drums (1, 5, 7, 8)

What it is is very good guitar-centered melodic rock. I'm not kidding about that description. Tim Cox's guitar work is abundant, vibrant and superb throughout this album. His style is rather straight forward: clean, smooth, classic guitar lines, and he doesn't sound like David Gilmour. Well, sometimes, infrequently. I dig Cox's moves and, if you love lead guitar, you will love this album.
As for the "prog" angle, there's nothing overly technical about the song composition. Rather, every song is large on melody and harmony; the riffs can be brisk, even heavy at times. Cory handles the vocals and has a clean melodic style. His harmonies easily fit and expand with each song and, like Cox, he doesn't necessarily sound like any particular prog singer. 
 Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com


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