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STRATOSFEAR

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.95 | 519 ratings

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Modrigue
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5 stars A path to an imaginary land

One of the best TANGERINE DREAM covers for one of their best albums. Last studio release with Peter Baumann, "Stratosfear" marks a rupture with their previous opus. The band now incorporates more melodic structures and have shortened their compositions. Has the band turned commercial? Not really. The inspiration and quality are still present. There is also a bigger use of acoustic instruments.

The title track is an invitation to a dream land. A catchy oriental-like melody, fast pulsating sequences, both acoustic and electric guitars, energic rythms... Irresistible. A TD classic and a concert favorite! "The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades" is a mysterious short track featuring smooth flute playing. Although only 4 minutes long, it manages at displaying various ambiances while keeping its unity, as if you were lost in the same dream inside various rooms.

You continue your trip by wandering into foggy swamps with "3 AM at the Border of the Marsh From Okefenokee". This track is even more unusual as it opens with an harmonica! There are not many electronic tunes with this instrument. The rest of the composition alternates dark, funest, intriguing and atmospheric moments. "Invisible Limits" has a surprising funky electronic opening. It then evolves to a fast melodic synth sequence to finish with a light aerial piano theme. The dream is now over.

With "Stratosfear", the german pioneers succeed at proposing accessible melodic electronic music while keeping their own approach. Although featuring various ambiances, everything flows naturally in this album. You will be transported into another world. Classic album, and one of the last masterpiece of TANGERINE DREAM.

Modrigue | 5/5 |

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