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Progressive Electronic

3.78 | 12 ratings

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4 stars It's way too late for a proper review, so I'll knock this out fast. It's not like I really have to go into much detail anyway.


Ether is a long-lost Tangerine Dream album from sometime between Phaedra and Rubycon, with the production values and clarity of Up the Downstair/The Sky Moves Sideways era Porcupine Tree. Essentially, this is a Tangerine Dream album, and you should be happy it exists. Of course, is it a compliment to say that this album is essentially 20 years absent from current times and happenings? Well, heheh, that's something prog fans grapple with a lot. How many times can you listen to the same album, tweaked here and there or put out by a fresh artist? (Hopefully I don't need to say Ether is a ripoff. No, perhaps a tribute album of original content and of the highest quality is a better way of putting it). It's hard to gauge the vlaue of an album like this. Does it add anything new? Mmm...nothing I can think of. Is it entertaining? To me, phenomenally. How many licks does it take to get to the center of it? Between 7 and God I really need to go to sleep....

As a die-hard Tangerine Dream fan of all eras and shifts in personnel, I love this album. Some may question what the point of getting it is if it doesn't add anything terribly new. Well, sometime you find yourself scrolling through your music library on your computer (don't tell me you still use CD racks and shelves? CNN just made a fake hologram for the election coverage. Get with the program!) and you think, Hmm. Rubycon or Ether? They're both equally good, but differing in movements and timbres and I happen to think Ether has more going on (it packs quite a punch), so *shrugs* why not give Ether a spin? Maybe you want something a little clearer, slightly less mystical. Go for it!

If you're a die-hard Tangerine Dream fan, buy it!

If you're a prog electronic fan, look into it!

If it's 3:30 AM, don't suddenly get inspiration for reviews!!!

stonebeard | 4/5 |


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