Exposé Online banner

PTS — Tides
(SI Music Simply Fortyseven, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-08-01

Tides Cover artTake your typical 80s pop band (Mr.Mister, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds or any of a thousand others I've since willingly forgotten), give the keyboards more of a major role and you'll have half an idea how "Fading,” the opening track on Tides goes. After that the album settles out to an all-too-familiar neo-prog sound not far from Seasons End with a near Hogarth sound-alike in lead singer Marco de Haan, maybe with a bit more soul. A Dutch band that self-produced their first CD Nightlines a couple years ago, this — their second, is a vast improvement over the first, both in its writing and the band’s general cohesiveness. Still, most of the music here leaves me wanting. The band take it up and wind it down well enough, as evidenced on tracks like "The Spy,” "Where Are You,” "Island,” and the title track, yet they've taken the safe track, not straying far enough from the mainstream; for those who are looking for this type of sound, then PTS does it well, in fact better than most. Yet they have the potential to do far more adventurous things than they offer here, let's hope they go for it next time around.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 4, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): PTS

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Philharmonie - Nord – Philharmonie was formed as an electric guitar trio by Frederic L'Epee, best known as the founder and leader of the brilliant 70s French group Shylock. After a relatively unknown self-released debut in...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues