Mike McLatchey    27-April-2001 Tibet

Tibet - "Tibet"
(Musea FGBG 4115.AR, 1979/1994, CD)

Musea seems to have an affinity for late 70s/early 80s German symphonic rock, the type of music that started with Eloy and Grobschnitt and ended with a lot of one or two shots like Neuschwanstein, Rebekka, Ivory and others. Tibet fits very comfortably in this grouping, having released one album in 1979.

Tibet were practically the long lost brother of Sky symphonic group Octopus and had the same tendencies - flowing tracks with drums that make the music ride along effortlessly and high tenor vocals (female on Octopus, male on Tibet yet very similar.) While I would rate Octopus' debut The Boat Of Thoughts one of the better albums to come from the genre, I would say that Tibet is fool's gold in comparison. Even with two keyboards, the music can be too sparse, the musicianship not as adept, and the emotional content either not communicated adequately or lacking altogether. I'm not much of a fan of this subgenre of symphonic rock, Tibet's debut is a decent but unremarkable album.

(Originally published in Exposť #6, p. 52, Edited for Gnosis 4/23/01)

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