Triptych (The Tea Party album)

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Triptych
Triptych (album cover).jpg
Studio album by The Tea Party
Released June 8, 1999
Recorded October 10, 1998 – March 3, 1999, at Alkemical Studios, Montreal, Studio Morin Heights, Morin-Heights, Quebec, and Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON
Genre Melodic rock, Progressive rock, Alternative rock
Length 51:25
Label EMI Music Canada
Producer Jeff Martin
The Tea Party chronology
Transmission
(1997)
Triptych
(1999)
Live at the Enmore Theatre
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[1]

Triptych (1999) is The Tea Party's fifth album. It has the trio blending the major influences found on their previous albums: the earthy rock of Splendor Solis, the world music inspired arrangements of The Edges of Twilight, and the industrial edge of Transmission.

Triptych showed a band with a new confidence in songwriting. After the gloom of Transmission, which relied heavily on sampling and electronica, for Triptych the band wrote with both melody and content, while using electronica subtlety.[2] This is evidenced by the Juno Award nominated single "Heaven Coming Down", the band's first number one single in Canada. The album itself reached #4 on the Canadian album chart, and received a Juno nomination for "Best Rock Album", before achieving double platinum sales in Canada.

In June 2000, the EMI labels in Europe released Triptych Special Tour Edition 2000, which included a bonus disc of eight unreleased songs.

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Triptych was ranked number 435 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Touch" 3:57
2. "Underground" 3:41
3. "Great Big Lie" 3:50
4. "Heaven Coming Down" 4:01
5. "The Halcyon Days" 5:57
6. "The Messenger" (Daniel Lanois cover) 3:32
7. "Samsara" 3:56
8. "A Slight Attack" 3:15
9. "Taking Me Away" 5:02
10. "These Living Arms" 5:03
11. "Chimera" 4:29
12. "Gone" 3:35
13. Untitled (hidden track) 1:02

The unlisted 13th track is the sound of a clock chiming.

Special Tour Edition 2000 Bonus Disc[edit]

  1. "Psychopomp" (live) - 5:10
  2. "The River" (live) - 5:11
  3. "Save Me" (live) - 8:23
  4. "Lifeline" - 4:37
  5. "A Woman Like You" (Bert Jansch) - 3:46
  6. "Temptation" (Rhys Fulber remix) - 5:50
  7. "Sister Awake" (live) - 5:35
  8. "Waiting for a Sign" - 4:19

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

String quartet[edit]

  • "Gone"
    • Ligia Paquin - viola
    • François Pilon - violin
    • Benoit Loiselle - cello
    • Stéphanie Meyer - cello

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schleutermann, Marcus. "Rock Hard". issue 149. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Triptych at AllMusic
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 34. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 

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