Sound — 6
Tacet sounds very much like a mini orchestra consisting of sounds ranging from the airy and hollowness of a violin, to the solitary loneliness of woodwind instruments. Each track seems to have its own ambient mood to it, painting pictures in your mind of various reclusive yet aesthetic environments with every listen. For example, 'Frame' evokes an image of the great outdoors, an ancient jungle or forest perhaps, and leads you into a feeling of harmony with the surroundings. 'Coastlight' is another track which strongly brings to mind certain feelings and images. The track begins with the slightly jazzy sound of the drum's hi-hats and cymbals. This induces up imagery of a stirred sea in the dead of night which then progresses into a vision of a stormy sea. Overall the sound is rather aesthetic, and the fact that some of these tracks are improvised adds to the overall 'wow' factor. The only problem is that sometimes it's hard to see where the songs are trying to lead you. It's as if you're being taken down an overgrown forest path in the middle of the night, unable to see further than a couple of steps ahead. Other times the tracks sound too improvised, as if they were written as notes for an unfinished novel.
Lyrics — 10
As an instrumental album, the tracks all work without vocals. Adding vocals would disrupt the flow of the album, and the togetherness of the instrumentals.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall, the songs do stir emotions in you mind. But, unfortunately, that is as far as they get. This is because the record does not have any defining moments in it. This is not one of those albums where you'll suddenly think to yourself I want to listen to fifth track 'Sensing the Mirror' or seventh track 'Misha'. It's not one of those albums which you would play to calm and soothe yourself either as its too erratic in nature and sound. Heck, it wouldn't even qualify as elevator or background music. This very much narrows down the opportunity and time to listen to the album. It just seems destined to be played once, and then left as a collectors item on the shelf to collect dust.