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HYPERBOREA

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.48 | 217 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars Who said 80's electronica wasn't creative?

"Hyperborea" offers a sonic variety rarely heard at this time in terms of electronic music, even in its progressive side. Contrarily to the previous album, "White Eagle", where the overall was rather cold and homogeneous, each track here has a different style and sound. This is due to the improvement of musical technologies, such as samplers.

"No man's land" is quite an unexpected opening. A mixture of oriental, tribal and javanase sonorities, the TANGERINE DREAM way. It sounds like no other composition of the band. Way ahead of its time. This tune must certainly have influenced modern electronic bands such as APHEX TWIN. The title track is a contemplative aerial, new-age slow tune. The soudtrack to watch aurora borealis in northern lands. The catchy "Cinnamon Road" is a nice short sequenced tune with a bit of sitar in it.

After these flawless heterogeneous compositions, the record finishes with its long suite, "Sphinx Lightning". The first part also differs from the rest of the album, as it weaves a dark, pulsating, hypnotic theme. Irresistible, this pre-trance passage is again visionary. At this point, we may wonder if we have here the perfect 80's TD album. Unfortunately not, the end part is rather flat and much less inspired than everything that came before. In terms of musicality, "Sphinx Lightning" does not stand comparison with their previous suite, "Mojave Plan".

"Hyperborea" is a sonic delight, always surprising the listener. One of the best and most inventive album from 80's TANGERINE DREAM, and an essential stop for electronica fans.

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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