We all need an occasional need a break from the heavy metal or the demanding progressive rock that is the staple fare on Sea Of Tranquility. All 8 songs on Tempus's Lie Like We Do have great melodies, and hooks with barbs that won't let go. Strong songwriting is Tempus's biggest strength, and these 36 minutes of head nodding folk-rock crooning may be the ideal break.
Tempus claims influences from the Dave Matthews Band, Yes, and Rush. There's not much Yes or Rush in their music, but if you can imagine a fresher, more folksy Dave Matthews you'll have a good idea of Tempus's sound. The tracks are between 3 and 6 minutes long, and range from simple acoustic folk rock through to a richer, more progressive fusion style.
The sound on this album is defined by the acoustic guitar and the vocals , but the occasional introduction of keyboards, violin, saxophone and cello add welcome textures.
The vocals are very reminiscent of that Dave Matthews's smooth, velvet-underground tone – a mature, soothing sound. The band members of Tempus were just 17 when they wrote and recorded most of this music – but you'd never know that by listening to their debut album. And with the recent addition of a fulltime keyboardist and a new bassist Tempus's next album – which is already in the works – should draw them back to those Yes and Rush sounds.
So take that break, pour a cold one, turn down the lights…