Today I’m reviewing Tiger Tiger – an instrumental off of Seven and the Ragged Tiger. I think this might actually be the very first song that we’ve reviewed where there are absolutely no vocals of any kind, so hey – something new!
Musicality/Instrumentation: There are certain songs that give me immediate, inescapable chills, and this one is on that extremely short list for me. I simply cannot listen to this song without having them, and I can’t listen to this song without visualizing the beginning to Sing Blue Silver. (and if you’ve never seen Sing Blue Silver I want you to go to Amazon right now…right this very second in fact…and order the DVD. It’s worth the money, and every Duranie should have this in their collection. ) I love the opening – it sounds like an orchestra warming up (although I doubt that’s what it is) and then is silenced with the opening keyboard notes. That leads into the familiar notes where I see a convoy of semitrucks on the highway in my minds eye, along with hearing the beginning of the well-known keyboard melody. Now, what I truly love about this song is the soprano saxophone, played by Andy Hamilton – which certainly becomes the entire melody line for the song, backed up by synthesizer. I really appreciate that the band took the initiative to have the lead instrument in the song be the saxophone – an instrument that really is not in the actual band line-up, although to be sure it is included in a good many songs in the band catalog. Even in my youth, I grew to love Tiger Tiger on this album, likely because of the saxophone – but also because of the simplicity of the song itself. It is a head-clearing few moments for me as I listen. At 3 minutes and 19 seconds in length, the song is not incredibly long, but it flows beautifully and takes you on a short musical journey.
Vocals: No vocals here…so Simon gets a free pass…this week. 🙂
Lyrics: This song is so good it didn’t even NEED lyrics!
Overall: This song gets everything right in the way that the rest of this album falls short. The production isn’t messy, it’s not overdone – and while there is a lot going on in background tracking and melody lines, it sounds simple, yet finished. I love that there are no lyrics – because it allows the listener and the music to just BE..and on an album like Seven and the Ragged Tiger, where there is just layering upon layering, it’s really nice to have a song just take you away to a daydream. For me, the beauty in this song is it’s simplicity. Not only does it showcase the musical chops of Andy Hamilton and Nick, it also proves what Ian Little and Alex Sadkin are indeed capable of producing. By far one of the best tracks off of this album, if not *the* best track. second-to-last song, although I can see why it works there as well. I really cannot think of a single thing that could have been done to make this song better, music like this is why I became a fan in the first place.
Cocktail Rating: Five very well-deserved cocktails!