The Interzone Mantras

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All Music Guide - Deren Svendsen
Coming fresh off their 2000 career retrospective, Tangents, Canadian mystic rockers the Tea Party storm into the second phase of their career with The Interzone Mantras. In all honesty, it differs very little from the first phase. Longtime fans of the band's unique (at least for contemporary times) amalgamation of Led Zeppelin-esque musical power and guitar pomposity, Doors-like grandiose and occasionally pretentious lyrics (complete with Jim Morrison look- and sound-alike lead singer, Jeff Martin), all buffed up to a shine in modern production gloss will find much to admire with the latest release. As with previous releases, the band has composed a few stellar singles ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Deren Svendsen
Coming fresh off their 2000 career retrospective, Tangents, Canadian mystic rockers the Tea Party storm into the second phase of their career with The Interzone Mantras. In all honesty, it differs very little from the first phase. Longtime fans of the band's unique (at least for contemporary times) amalgamation of Led Zeppelin-esque musical power and guitar pomposity, Doors-like grandiose and occasionally pretentious lyrics (complete with Jim Morrison look- and sound-alike lead singer, Jeff Martin), all buffed up to a shine in modern production gloss will find much to admire with the latest release. As with previous releases, the band has composed a few stellar singles (the creepy mid-tempo rocker "Lullaby," the meditative "Angels") that manage to sound equally at home on classic or alternative rock radio. What is surprising, though, is that virtually all the remaining tracks are as equally cohesive and well-crafted. In fact, The Interzone Mantras is arguably their most consistent album. That being said, listeners who have never been seduced by the charms of the Tea Party will likely not change their opinion with the latest release, and casual fans are still best served by Tangents. However, the album is sure to please long-term fans and captures the sound and energy of a band obviously still enjoying their craft. As with Lenny Kravitz albums, it's easy (and sometimes frustrating) to play "spot-the-influences" ("White Water Siren" is Led Zeppelin's "Friends"; "Must Must" is "Kashmir"), but the band manages to put enough of a modern spin on them that they end up sounding more like respectful nods to their influences rather than slavish imitations. The Tea Party may have found a comfortable niche entering their second decade together, but with The Interzone Mantras, they are certainly not resting on their laurels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2001
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724352972128
  • Catalog Number: 529721
  • Sales rank: 66,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interzone (3:39)
  2. 2 Angels (4:54)
  3. 3 The Master & Margarita (4:13)
  4. 4 Apathy (3:55)
  5. 5 Soulbreaking (4:45)
  6. 6 Lullaby (4:19)
  7. 7 Must Must (3:59)
  8. 8 White Water Siren (4:54)
  9. 9 Cathartik (5:00)
  10. 10 Dust to Gold (4:20)
  11. 11 Requiem (4:30)
  12. 12 Mantra (8:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tea Party Primary Artist
Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyyr Trombone
Jeff Burrows Percussion, Drums
Stuart Chatwood Bass, Keyboards
Paul Atkins Percussion, Vocals
Jean-Pierre Zanella Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Bernard Cello
François d'Amours Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Martin Guitar, Vocals
Maxime St-Pierre Trumpet
Élisabeth Dubé Cello
Julie Dupras Viola
Pascale Gagnon Violin
Johanne Morin Violin
Technical Credits
Nick Blagona Engineer, Mastering
Stuart Chatwood Art Direction
Paul Atkins Drum Technician
Don Hachey Engineer
Jeff Martin Producer, Engineer
Kent Assistant Hair Stylist
Joel Kazmi Digital Editing
Igor Assistant Hair Stylist
Trevor Gilchrist Guitar Techician
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