Sahara is the second studio album by the American hard rock band House of Lords, released on August 21, 1990. The album reached position No. 121 in the The Billboard 200 chart on February 23, 1991. The album was recorded without original guitarist Lanny Cordola, but with Michael Guy as the band's guitarist. Still, the album features many guest contributors on guitar, such as Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Hurricane), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri) and Mandy Meyer (Asia, Krokus). Other contributors on the albums are White Lion's Mike Tramp, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Steeler's Ron Keel, Autograph's Steve Plunkett and Giuffria's David Glen Eisley, all on backing vocals.
Like drum 'n' bass, ambient is a genre which relies on making a little go a very long way; the resultant glut of weedy minimalist pastiches barely bears a cursory listen for the most part, but this collaboration between Harold Budd and Hector Zazou demonstrates better than any recent offering how the spaces between the sounds can be made pregnant with possibility. On "Pandas in Tandem", the ghost of Erik Satie treads lightly over a shuffle breakbeat; the result is fragile and crystalline, as tentatively pristine as snowflakes. Elsewhere, heavy rhythmic breathing carries "Around the Corner from Everywhere"; slivers of what sounds like hammered dulcimer undulate through "Johnny Cake", and clarinets collude conspiratorially on "As Fast as I Could Look Away She was Still There".
Tea in the Sahara has a very conceptual approach to their music. The music encompasses a wide range of prog influences from detailed orchestration to improvisation. The sound has something for every prog listener. The full band plays solid and skillful prog. A good Neo-Progressive issue from Germany, containing the exact balance between sung and instrumental parts. It will appeal to all fans of IQ or Pendragon.