Artist/ Band: Tiles
Title: Window Dressing
Label: InsideOut Music
Year of Release: 2004
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The Review:

Tiles waited 5 years to put out their new album, Window Dressing on May 25th, 2004. Although I havenít heard their earlier material, I can go from what others said that Tiles is or rather was a Rush influenced band. On Window Dressing, they seem to go beyond that reference to some growth especially with a guest violinist named Matthew Parameter (vocalist & keyboardist of Discipline). Although Iíve heard better things from the InsideOut roster, I wouldnít say this is bad. The music especially on the title track comes off as a partially structured instrumentation that seems like 3 songs pasted together to get the ďepicĒ. To me, to have a epic on an album isnít a rule for any of the progressive music genres. I can say most fans would just rather have a good structured, flowing song regardless of length. They especially defy that Rush stigma with a jazz-rock-fusion induced "Stop Gap" and classical "Unicornicopia", which goes to show that they believe in what progressive means.

According to sources, Window Dressing is 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. It really is a universal subject that some of us have or will have encountered in some point in our lives. The lyrics donít go too deep in this subject but enough to get their point across.

From reading about Tiles and hearing this CD, I think the best is yet to come from the band, I just hope they donít stray too far from the progressive side of the fence. If youíre into the Rush influenced bands or similar, then Tilesí Window Washing should be on you ďto getí listĒ. In fact on Tilesí website, thereís a 2 disc version available with some extras.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on May 31st, 2004

Tracks:

01. Window Dressing
02. Remember to Forget
03. All She Knows
04. Capture the Flag
05. Tear-Water Tea
06. Step Gap
07. Unicornicopia
08. Paintings
09. A.02
10. Slippers in the Snow
11. Spindrift

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