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Tea Party, The


Seven Circles

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [American Rock/Pop/Progressive Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

Finally the seventh album of the Canadian rock band The Tea Party got released in Europe. Aptly titled as Seven Circles, this album's title has also deeper meaning to it rather than being a reference to the amount of albums the band has released. Actually it's about Pythagoras’ theories of music.

One of the best things about the Tea Party is that the group continuously evolves... with each new album they strive after raising the level higher (and they seem to succeed in it). Jeff Martin, the vocalist, performs well, so there's no question about his skills - he definitely has mastered his technique... on this record one hears rather skilful use of voice (which is a joy to listen). The music is innovative blend of American rock with a large dose of prog-infused pop (at times there are some eastern influences as well). Song structures are astutely formed, so relistening value of this release is really good (one feels urge to press play right after this album ends).

The atmosphere comes across effortlessly to the listener, which shows that producers have handled their jobs well. The sounds are simply to the point. Evidently the collaboration with Bob Rock (Metallica...) and Juno Award winner Gavin Brown (Billy Talent...) has been worthwhile.

I can't recommend this album enough... one has to hear Seven Circles to notice how appealing The Tea Party's mixture of sounds is. I reckon it isn't for everyone, but if one listens to progressive rock and is open-minded to popular music as well, then The Tea Party is definitely worth checking out.

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- MAGE (October 9th, 2005)

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Martin, Jeff: Vocals, Guitar
Chatwood, Stuart: Bass, Keyboards
Burrows, Jeff: Drums

McNarland, Holly: Vocals on "Wishing You Would Stay"
Producer: Brown, Gavin & Martin, Jeff (Tracks 1-5 & 9-11); Rock, Bob (Tracks 6-8)
Mixing by: Staub, Randy (Tracks 6-8)
Mastering by: Unavailable
Tea Party, The - Seven Circles  CD  Cover Image
01. Writing's on the Wall
02. Stargazer
03. One Step Closer Away
04. Oceans
05. Luxuria
06. Overload
07. Coming Back Again
08. The Watcher
09. Empty Glass
10. Wishing You Would Stay
11. Seven Circles

Length: 45:09
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