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Time & Tide : The Water's Edge

Time & Tide open their innings on this 2004 release with a lot of promise, utilizing some dynamic sounds and heavy riffs underpinned by some nice keyboard fills. The immediate thing that cannot be ignored is however, the fact that many of the vocal tracks are sung dangerously out of tune which renders parts of the songs hard to truly appreciate. Compositionally, the guys have got some brilliant ideas with lots of interesting time changes and chops galore and you can tell they are having a blast playing their respective hearts out.

Their main singer and guitarist, Scott Bedard, has a pretty powerful throat and delivers his best when trying to reach the higher registers and sounds good when he attains that final magic note. When he doesn't quite get there however, the resultant problems only exacerbate the fact that he is trying way too hard to make his voice fit the song. Wouldn't it improve things if he made the song fit his voice?

I am not trying to discourage this band as they are quite good in many areas, particularly with their instrumental ability and the clever way they mix things up to keep the songs moving along in the right direction. Long extended guitar solos with some churning keyboards from Steve O'Donnell elevate tracks such as "All" to the top of the list with its anthemic sound and semi arena rock finale that will remind of bands such as Saga or even Pallas. I should also mention that the synth solo in the middle of the 4th track, called "Media" is quite brilliant but is let down badly by the vocals which sound far too strained, as does the next track called "Gemini" which is even worse. "Fortress" is the best example of a song which can demonstrate how capable a singer Scott is as he reaches some dizzy heights but also delivers a nasty curved ball back as it also reveals his limitations with his vocal tuning.

The final track is a mammoth epic of over 31 minutes and features some very challenging music broken down over 7 smaller pieces. The central theme behind this monster track involves all manner of celestial travel, with ones inner being and soul being transported through time and space. The band try to make a bold statement about ones journey though life, with vivid dreams, experiences and other issues so typical of these concept songs but with so many sub pieces devoid of much melody or memorable vocal sections, it begins to drag on for too long. Even the best proponents of these stellar epics often get it wrong and merely muddy the waters with a lot of superfluous twaddle. Apart from a few short instrumental sections which were great, I found this track to be one of the least accomplished and compelling on the whole album.

If you can forgive the all too frequent occasions when the vocals just don't reach their mark, then you might just give these guys the credit they deserve for their song writing skills on their own. Collectively, their sound is pretty convincing and you know they strongly believe in what they do. However, if they want to sell a serious amount of product, they might be best served heading back into the studio and re-mastering the vocals.

Track Details:

1. Wasteland (13.04)
2. Time Away (3.55)
3. All (5.53)
4. Media (6.31)
5. Gemini (4.53)
6. Fortress (4.56)
7. Pilot (31.18)

i) dream of the pilot (8.33)
ii) siren song (3.28)
iii) guidance (3.04)
iv) no stars to guide (3.57)
v) wind and current (6.26)
vi) legends of the seas (1.27)
vii) i am the pilot (4.23)

Added: October 30th 2004
Reviewer: Greg Cummins
Score:
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Time & Tide : The Water's Edge
Posted by Stephen P on 2004-11-16 06:19:00
My Score:

Time and Tide are an extremely talented band with quite an impressive album here,titled The Waters Edge. The Music is very catchy and often times intense. I find myself humming baselines of these songs throughout the day. I'm not one of those type of people that can dissect the lyrics of a song the first time I hear it, and tell you what the full meaning of it is, but I do know that these songs are well written, deep, and somewhat introspective bringing you through a journey across the oceans and through life. It is obvious that the 4 musicians in the band love and appreciate good quality music, and it is reflected in the tracks they wrote for this disc. The comparisons, that these guys sound like a DreamTheatre-Marillion-Rush- type of band, are dead on! It's definately worth buying, and that's why I gave it an 8.

Time & Tide : The Water's Edge
Posted by Greg Cummins on 2004-11-13 00:04:15
My Score:

Thanks for your comments Frank. As much as I tried to like a lot about this album, the vocals are admittedly the main let down when Scott sings off key. As far as the production is concerned, I agree, the results are pretty impressive. However, at the end of the day, with so many albums that cross my desk for review and so many more that I buy myself, I have to be fair but critical of the facts. I believe that is what I have done. When a band releases something that really floats my boat, I am the first to say so but to really release an album of outstanding merit, it must comprise (for me at least) the following important ingredients:
Imagainative songwriting - a pretty big tick! Competent vocals - a medium tick with my reservations as mentioned above. Dynamic arrangements - a pretty big tick! Compelling melodies - a medium to average tick. Replayability factor - a medium to average tick. I have a lot of better CD's I prefer playing! Instrumentational dexterity - A pretty big tick! Well developed themes (that don't get bogged down) - a slightly less than average tick. Production quality - A big tick - this album has been done well but the vocals should have been either re-mastered or Scott been encouraged to try with a little less gusto. Let's face it, in those parts where he can't reach, it sounds bad and overly strained.
It reminds me of my old golf days when I tried to smack the beejezzus out of the ball from the tee. When shown how to take my time and to actually strike the ball properly with more finesse and control, I gained a further 50 metres and suffered less back ache later. The same analogy applies here.
Having said that Frank, I too hope that these guys stay together and make it happen as they obviously enjoy their craft.

Time & Tide : The Water's Edge
Posted by FRANK N PUTNAM on 2004-11-03 17:37:00
My Score:

I have to say that the review posted on this site is a little harsh !! I for one found the album (cd) a great little (did I say little ?) listen ! The songs are really deep that blend well with the DREAM THEATER , YES and MARRILION music . The production is top notch for a band that did it all by themselves . The singing I think personally reminds me of a cross between JAMES LABRAI and MICHAEL SWEET , Scott can't really hit the high notes like these guys but give the man a break !!!!! It's really nice to have a band out of the Boston area that can actually play !!!!! So for all you PROG fans out there you should check out the cd and maybe just maybe you will like it !!!!!!!!!! IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT PROG WHO WILL , MTV , RADIO ???? !!!!! THINK ABOUT IT AND GIVE IT A SHOT , I AM SURE YOU HAVE SPENT MONEY ON WORSE THINGS !!!!!! KEEP ON CIRCLING THE SUN !!!!!! FRANK N PUTNAM ....




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