Friday 4 June 2021

Tiles - Pretending 2 Run (2016)

The sixth album from this US band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of glockenspiel, maracas, percussion, drums, bass, guitars, mandolin, tambura, mellotron, keyboards, organ, piano, harp, trumpet and vocals.

The band had support from a symphonic orchestra full of instruments, a choir, moog, hammond organ, guitarist, bass and guest vocals.

The band had taken an eight years long sabbatical since their 2008 album Fly Paper. I have reviewed their five first albums for # 1 of this blog and you can find them there. 

Sheer laziness means I did not review this album before now. The reason is the length of this album and me getting a bit more interested in other bands and prog rock genres.

This album is over one and a half hour long. It is a double album, a 2 CDs album. That is probably 4 LPs if the band did some vinyl pressings of this album. It seems like the band is on another sabbatical or they have broken up.

That is a shame as Tiles is a good band indeed.

The band gives us one and a half hour of mostly catchy hard progressive rock here, bordering to progressive metal. The band is not really crossing over to metal. They are more like Rush hard progressive rock. 

There is some instrumental pieces of music at the end of this album which works really well. Yes, Rush is a good reference.

The vocals is really good and the band varies their music and introduces some The Beatles and Led Zeppelin harmonies too on this album.

This is indeed a good album from a good band. I hope the band is still around or they will reform. Tiles is one of the better prog rock bands from USA.

Check out this album.

3 points


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