How can I easily describe this double album from main man keyboard
player and vocalist Andy Tillison twisted mind? Pretty easy: all of
the basic The Tangent ingredients with the addition of a
bigger palette of sounds and styles...
Sounds pretty easy, don’t it?
Anyone, who is familiar with their previous three albums, will know
that it isn't as simple as it sounds... This is an adventurous
journey through many sonic moods and soundscapes, all surrounding a
very strong keyboard sound and Andy's unique voice.
So you have an album with it's strong roots in the 70's progressive
rock scene brought up-to-date, all based on around a humorous sci-fi
story about a man lost in time...
So why don't I like it?
Let's see the fundamentals for a great progressive adventure is in
place, the musicians are all adept, the sound is clear and fitting,
but someone has poured water into the engine because the album never
ignites and starts to come alive...
This is a progressive frenzy with lots of cool journeys into many
different styles and moods, but I can't find the thing that ties
everything together and makes this exciting. 'Not as Good as the
Book' is not as good as expected, and leaves me disappointed. The
album is well produced and well executed, and I am sure it'll find
its fans, just not me...