The Tangent
A Place in the Queue
Release date: February 6th 2006
InsideOut Music
Target Distribution
Prog Rock
Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
December '05

This Swedish-British prog contingent - The Tangent - is one of many bands with connections to The Flower Kings. At one stage of their career, they counted no less than 3 The Flower Kings members: Roine Stolt, Zoltan Csorsz and Jonas Reingold. Only one is left on this album: Jonas Reingold. " A Place in the Queue" is their 3rd album, all released on the InsideOut label.

We are talking prog rock heavily influenced by some of the big names of the 70's like Van der Graaf Generator, King Crimson and Yes. So you know what to expect when you put on a The Tangent album...

Traditional 70's prog rock with lots of innovative songs, never afraid to use old analogue instruments, or a saxophone, flute or clarinet... So if things like that turn you off, and you are of the conviction that such things have no place in music, then I am sure this album is not for you... But if you dig this kind of music, then I suggest you look into this interesting band.

Like we like/dislike from bands like this, we are served with big epic songs, one crossing the 20 minutes mark, another even crossing the 25 minutes mark. Only 2 rather short songs, one being the albums worst song: "DIY Surgery" - it never reaches the same intensity, the other 6 songs do.

I am not a huge fan of this kind of prog rock, but this is one of the better albums in this genre I've heard for some time...

Recommended: "In Earnest", "GPS Culture" & A Place in the Queue".