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Tides Of Man - Dreamhouse Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.5
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 9.25
Final Verdict: 84%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.6
Musicianship 9.55
Lyrics 9.15
Production 9.25
Creativity 9.15
Lasting Value 8.7
Reviewer Tilt 9.4
Average: 93%
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Tides Of Man - Dreamhouse

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (09/11/10)
Tides Of ManDreamhouse
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: September 14, 2010


Rise Records is often ridiculed for its lack of variety; the majority of the bands on Rise use the same sing-scream heavy formula, hindering the label as a whole. However, occasionally, a band is able to be a spark of originality, breaking through this sameness. Two artists and releases stand out this year on Rise for doing just this – PMtoday’s pristine In Medias Res and Oceana’s return Clean Head. Now, following their previous endeavor of progressive inventiveness Empire Theory, Tides Of Man have returned to become one of Rise’s top artists with their sophomore record, Dreamhouse.

This record is progression. Dreamhouse is a dark, ambient record driven by soaring vocals backed by whirling guitars and pulsating drums. With this album, Tides Of Man have combined all of their previous strengths into one cohesive whole. Vocalist Tilian Pearson soars throughout the record, evident throughout the phenomenal “Chemical Fires.” Often channeling Circa Survive-era Anthony Green, Pearson sounds extraordinary throughout Dreamhouse. Musically, Pearson cooperates with guitarist Spencer Gill superbly throughout the record; as a result, the guitars all wrap around Pearson’s vocals, complimenting his high-pitched frequency wonderfully. The ambient “Statues” is the pinnacle of this cooperative effort, as the guitarists form around Pearson’s vocals.

Opener “Not My Love 2” begins the ride with Pearson singing “You tried to make amends / but I destroyed your friends / if only we could speak again” before launching into a well-placed guitar intro. Here, the growth of Tides Of Man is established, as Pearson simply sounds exceptional backed by Josh Gould’s powerful drumming. “Home” is more upbeat; however, lyrically, this track drags on, making the track ultimately forgettable. Thankfully, the guitar-driven “Sunshine” makes up for this fault before launching into the ambient title track “Dreamhouse.”

The middle of the record, however, begins to drag on, as the monotony of Tides Of Man starts to take its toll here. While yes, Pearson continues to shine, the band simply needs more of a variety at this point. Nonetheless, the final tracks on Dreamhouse make up for the sameness of the middle, as the aforementioned “Chemical Fires” is hands down the best track on the record. The distorted “Echoes” follows at full force until the ultimate “Only Human” slows everything. “Only Human” is a leisurely, ambient masterpiece; featuring towering vocals and intricate instrumentation, the track ends Dreamhouse on a more than fitting note as Pearson sings “put me down / make me feel more human” as the record fades out.

This record simply proves why Tides Of Man are considered by many to be one of the best bands on Rise Records. Unquestionably, this is a record that will cling to many throughout the year, as it will surely be one of Rise’s best releases this year. Be it their creativity, their excellent musicianship, or their soaring vocals, Tides Of Man have truly outdone themselves with Dreamhouse.

Recommended If You LikeTides Of Man’s Empire Theory; Circa Survive; PMtoday’s In Medias Res; Oceana’s Clean Head

Listen ToNot My Love 2; Sunshine; Chemical Fires

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Track Listing:
1. Not My Love 2
2. Statues
3. Home
4. Sunshine
5. Dreamhouse
6. Salamanders and Worms
7. Chemical Fires
8. Echoes
9. A Faint Illusion
10. Only Human

Tides Of Man are:
Tilian Pearson – Vocals, Guitar
Spencer Gill – Guitar
Alan Jaye – Bass
Josh Gould – Drums

myspace.com/tidesofman
 
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08:06 PM on 09/13/10
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Comes out in an hour. I want.
08:14 PM on 09/13/10
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Comes out in an hour. I want.
It's worth the purchase.
08:16 PM on 09/13/10
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It's worth the purchase.
Tomorrow's gonna be a good day for music downloading. Conditions and Tides Of Man.
08:20 PM on 09/13/10
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Tomorrow's gonna be a good day for music downloading. Conditions and Tides Of Man.
Completely forgot about Conditions. I'll have to buy it tomorrow along with maybe checking out Weezer and possibly giving Linkin Park a fair chance before writing it off.
08:22 PM on 09/13/10
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Completely forgot about Conditions. I'll have to pick it up tomorrow along with maybe checking out Weezer and possibly giving Linkin Park another fair chance before writing it off.
That's not even counting the ones I've gotten leaks for. Of Montreal, Superchunk, Asteria, Weezer...
12:21 AM on 09/14/10
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I don't really care about the infamy of record labels. Either way, I'm excited to pick this up.
02:33 PM on 09/14/10
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CD is excellent. Really enjoy "Statues" and "Dreamhouse"
06:43 PM on 09/15/10
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this album is soooo amazing!!!
06:17 AM on 09/16/10
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arrived at my door today. just got into this band a few days ago. really good.
12:49 PM on 09/17/10
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no mention of faint illusion? the last two minutes of that song is the absolute best thing on this cd. this cd is amazing.
12:44 PM on 09/23/10
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"You were impatient, i was a fallback, a dirty mistake, you never called back, you were salvation, I never told you..." So good.
02:04 AM on 09/24/10
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Album is fantastic. It's a grower, too. Took about a week to finally hit me. "Chemical Fires" is one of the better songs I've heard this year.
05:08 AM on 09/27/10
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Album is fantastic. It's a grower, too. Took about a week to finally hit me. "Chemical Fires" is one of the better songs I've heard this year.
Totally agree with that. It didn't hit me at first, but with repeated listens, things just shine through.
06:07 PM on 09/27/10
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Great record, great review. This band deserves more recognition, I recently went to see them open for Karnivool and I was the only fan out of the 17 people who showed up.
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