Tiles - Window Dressing

Year of Release: 2004
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: IOMCD 167SPV 085-60662
Format: CD
Total Time: 65:17:00

I have heard a lot of music this year so far, and only a fraction of it has seriously impressed me. When I look at the volume of music that pours into my mailbox compared to what I review and give a high rating, well, there is not that much that I would consider writing about. I really appreciate bands like Tiles. Even though they waited 5 years to put out a new album, what you get is quality and a great album. I hope they do not wait as long between albums next time because I see a fruitful creative renaissance happening with this band. They show a lot of promise for growth and expansion by traveling to previously unexplored musical areas on a sonic masterpiece titled Window Dressing. They rock hard as usual, particularly on the incredible title track, which runs for nearly 18 minutes, although this time what you will get is a new twist of progressive-metal-rock. There are three instrumentals that show Tiles exposing other facets of their personality such as jazz-rock-fusion ("Stop Gap") and classical ("Unicornicopia") ? letting their audience know that indeed there is more to them than indicated on previous albums. I for one really appreciate the diversity and the flexing of their musical muscles, and believe me they have plenty display.

This is an album that will stay in rotation for a quite a while before you find it necessary to change gears, it certainly worked that way for me. This band knows how to combine all the necessary elements to keep my interest in an album, they use hard and fast guitar licks with melody and hooks, standout vocal workouts, rhythm with a direction and purpose, and most of all, a tremendous curiosity to experiment with the talent they have. Lyrically they are as thought provoking as can be. Perhaps the best way to describe the premise of this album is that you hear it right from one of the band members. Here is what Chris Herrin (lead guitar) had to say about their new project:

A synopsis of the entire Window Dressing (the CD) concept: themes of "misrepresentation" - the lyrics travel a chronological path from the simplicity of youth through the complexities of relationships, communication, and cultural trends. Modern society's fixation with superficial and transient values - applauding style over substance and elevating deception to an art form and even spectator sport.

Window Dressing... a story about someone confronting and contemplating the uncertainty of knowing who to trust and what to believe. A story of disillusionment illustrated through one person's experience and thought processes. In the end it's hard not to take the position that everyone has an agenda - or ulterior motive - that takes precedence over any "lofty" ideal like honesty, integrity, or even the truth. Musically a lot to digest - but a journey we hope is not too daunting for listeners.

An interesting concept to say the least, it really forces you to look at yourself and everyone around you on a daily basis, if in fact you choose to look at the reality and truth in humanity today. Wow, music that not only sounds great but also makes you think and ponder who you are and why you are here, now that is something with substance and meaning to sink your teeth into a take hold of for a while.

This is their most accomplished and polished recording to date and it will take them to the next level with their peers and fans.

Released in North America by InsideOut Music America (IOMA 2080-2)

Window Dressing (17:11) / Remember To Forget (4:58) / All She Knows (4:35) / Capture The Flag (8:54) / Tear-Water Tea (4:13) / Stop Gap (2:53) / Unicornicopia (5:10) / Paintings (4:39) / A.02 (1:14) / Slippers In The Snow (4:05) / Spindrift (9:25)

Chris Herin ? guitar
Pat DeLeon ? drums
Jeff Whittle ? bass
Paul Rarick ?vocals

Tiles (1994)
Fence The Clear (1997)
Presents Of Mind (1999)
Presence In Europe 1999 (2000)
Tiles - Special Edition (2004)
Fence The Clear - Special Edition (2004)
Presents Of Mind - Special Edition (2004)
Window Dressing (2004)
Fly Paper (2008)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: May 2nd 2004
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.tiles-music.com
Hits: 1706
Language: english


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