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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005RKTS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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1. Interzone
2. Angels
3. The Master & Margarita
4. Apathy
5. Soulbreaking
6. Lullaby
7. Must Must
8. White Water Siren
9. Cathartik
10. Dust To Gold
11. Requiem
12. Mantra

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Sixth studio album for Canadian alternative rock act, featuring all new songs. 12 tracks in all including 'Interzone', 'Angels', 'Apathy' & 'Requiem'. 2001.

Whatever one thinks of the Tea Party's ambitious yet commercial rock, the band deserves credit for not being afraid to come off as pretentious as a sack of Rush records. True to the trio's nature, The Interzone Mantras--the group's fifth full-length studio disc--is a study in excess. From an insert that folds out into a 16-panel poster of a multi-armed, multi-eyed deity to a song title borrowed from a Russian novel ("The Master and Margarita") to deep-throated spiritual pronouncements and everything-but-the-didgeridoo arrangements, the album never shies away from piling on more sound and more self-importance. That it works more often than not is testament to the band's knack for strong melodies and a compelling blend of riff-o-rama guitars and orchestral atmospherics, as on "Soulbreaking" and the acoustic ballad "White Water Siren." Barrel-chested rockers like "Lullaby" and the white-hot horn-driven opener, "Interzone," add some oomph to the proceedings, though nonfans will find the disc's more dirgelike moments ("Dust to Gold") trying. The album ends as it should, though, with an eight-minute denouement of crunchy guitars, Middle Eastern textures, and swelling strings that build to the decidedly unpretentious mantra, "Love is all we have / Love is all we need." --Shawn Conner

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2007
Format: Audio CD
Canadian rock'n'roll is finally getting itself on the front pages of music magazines. So it's a shame that the recently disbanded Tea Party is still largely obscure.

So put away the other wonderful Canadian bands for a moment (I love Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, okay?), and explore a darker, wilder niche. This Canadian band seems like the love child of the Doors and Led Zeppelin, and "the Interzone Mantras" shows them off at their blistering, hypnotic best.

In a way, it's a concept album: The songs roam all over the musical board, whether it's heartbreaking violin ballads, or teeth-rattler rock'n'roll that Led Zeppelin would not be ashamed of. It explores the faces of hopelessless, evil, apathy and the "the beautiful abyss," before turning out beautiful songs like "White Water Siren" and the finale "Mantra," which come to the conclusion that "love is all we have/love is all we need."

The best of the bunch is undoubtedly "The Master and Margarita," based on Mikhail Bulgakov's novel about the devil roaming 1930s Moscow. "So now that your faith's gone who are you going to trust?/now that your conscience is crawling in the dust!" Martin sneers, sounding both seductive and frightening.

But good as that song is, it's not the most striking. Martin wrote "Soul Breaking" about a letter a girl sent him, about her sexual abuse. You can hear the raw emotion as he sings, "You can't seem to run away/because every time the past's awakened/every time your soul starts breaking..." It may be one of Tea Party's finest songs ever.

A lot of critics label Tea Party as pretentious. Well, if it's pretension, then it's the best kind.
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This album is by far one of my favorite album of all time. This cd is worth every penny.
Interzone-great intro to the cd this song is cool 4/5
Angels-This is one of tea party single from this cd, it does not sound like a tea party song. this song has more of and mainstream rock vibe to it, but it's a really good song 5/5
Master in magirita- I really like this song, the guitar riffs are a killer in this one, so is the drums. 5/5
Apathy-this song is one of my lest favorite song on the album, to me it doesn't really stand out. 2/5
Soulbreaking-This song is the most emotional song on the cd, Jeff martin recived a mail from a teenage girl and in the letter she wrote that she was being sexual abuse by her father, so jeff martin made this song from that letter dedicating it to her and other women who are going thru the same problem.5/5
lullaby- Ah...another favorite, this song has that gothic vibe to it. everything is good in it, from the drums, bass, and guitar
Must Must- Another great long, catchy song, great drums and guitar. - 5/5
white water siren- This song sound like this old tea party, it has that eastern feeling in it with a little alternertive vibe to it. 4/5
Catharik- One of my favorites on the album, great beat. The guitar work in this song is amazing from the chourus, verse, and the killer solo. The lyrics are very strong in this song. 5/5
Dust to gold- another one of my favorites on this album, great guitar work and lyrics 5/5
Requiem- great guitar work in hear also, great chorus, but sometimes it reapeats a little too much, other than that it's a really great song. 4/5
Mantra- Ah, this song is a killer, it sounds eastern and it has a great vibe to it. Again the guitar work is amazing, also the drums and everything is superb! 5/5
If your a tea party fan this is a must, i think that this is one of their best work. Everything about this album is amazing from top to bottom. TEA PARTY RULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!
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It is no secret that I am big fan of this band. They are much better than any American music on the radio. Mainly because of thier deep and insightful lyrics and excellent musicianship, basically, they are just awesome.
Song by Song breakdown:
1.)The Interzone-5 stars-Great opening rock track. Uses horns during the song which something not all that prevalent in the Tea Party's music. Good rock song about religious extremes.
2.)Angels-4 stars-The most pop sounding song on the record, also, one of the band's radio singles off the album. Just your basic straightforward rock song, but has a sexy, sensual feel. Focuses on "Wings of Desire" by Wim Wenders.
3.)The Master and Margarita-5 stars-One of the heavier songs on the album, has a very cool riff. Still so far not much use of the eastern instruments. This song is based on the book of the same name, an excellent read for anyone interested in Russian novelists.
4.)Apathy-3 stars-The weakest track on the album, but by no means bad. Has a cool, somewhat sexy vibe. Song about balancing beliefs of good and evil in one's life. Still no real use of Eastern instruments.
5.)Soulbreaking-5 stars- The most heartbreaking song the Tea Party has ever written. It was written for a girl who was abused by her fater and sent Jeff an anonymous letter about the ordeal. So he wrote this song in efforts to console her. This song features orchestral strings. A quite song for the most part, mellow, and extremely emotional. If you like this song I recommend checking out the White Ribbon Campaign, an organization working to stop domestic abuse. The tea party are active members of the organization.
6.)Lullaby-4 stars-Not my favorite song. It is very stripped down basic guitar driven rock song.
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