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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.69 | 413 ratings

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2 stars A bit cliche, regressive.

TD's worst album of the 1970s, this is the album where TD decided to adopt more traditional 4/4 song structures, with fairly regular-sounding guitar solos and drum beats, partly relinquishing their more ethereal and wispy side. On this album, they sound remarkably like Hawkwind at times, that is, more a normal psychedelic band with synths than the otherworldly original sonic landscapes they invented with their earlier albums. Not only that, but some of this music is really not sufficiently musical. They seem to want to become a more 'normal' rock band here, but they just can't do it as well as the very many other great rock bands that are already doing this kind of music. Indeed, I can only find about 10 minutes of good quality music here. There are about 4 minutes of good music in the 13-minute opening track ('Bent Cold Sidewalk'), and about 6 minutes of good music in the 20-minute long piece on side 2 ('Madrigal Meridian'). The rest of the music, including the middle track ('Rising Runner...') is too cliched, an inferior Hawkwind. With only roughly 10 minutes of good music on this album, I can't rate it very highly, but those 10 minutes are fine. I give this 4.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 2 PA stars.

Walkscore | 2/5 |


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