Thursday, September 18, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE TEA PARTY - THE OCEAN AT THE END
The band always had a Middle-Eastern influence, too much at times, as it overshadowed the rest of the story. That's been pushed way down for this album, in favour of rock, lots of rock. You have Jeff Martin's deep vocals, Jeff Burrows' great (rock) rhythms and explosive playing, and Stuart Chatwood's keyboard and bass textures. The music is never three chords of simplicity; they are still making complex, layered structures, but the music punches all the way through. I don't remember Martin sounding so devilish before, but maybe that's the hellfire that rears up behind him in places. There are gentler moments as well, including a faithful remake of Daniel Lanois' The Maker. But The Black Sea, well, that's near-Death Metal. And bonus points for getting Ian Anderson (Tull, you know) to the flute honours on the title cut. A surprisingly welcome return.