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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.00 | 498 ratings

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5 stars Dreamy surrealism abounds.

This is a very beautiful electronic album, and out of TD's best works, this is one of the lighter ones. Granted it does have its dark moments, but this is by no means anywhere near as dark as, say, Phaedra. That doesn't mean that it's not as good though.

On first inspection, something very noticeable jumps out at me; this album has drums in it. Granted, Cyclone also had them, but still, to hear them at this point in TD's career sounds a bit odd at first. However, I found that feeling quickly subsided when I realized the more important issue that I mentioned before of this being a lighter album. It still has a very bombastic feel to it, but it doesn't reek of depression and total darkness that no light could extinguish. The title track is easily the best song on here, in the way it ebbs, flows, and overall develops. At times I'm convinced that there are 80s old-school video game sounds thrown in there as well. Some of the sound effects that Tangerine Dream uses never cease to amaze me. Cloudburst Flight focuses more on the building aspect of the title track rather than seeing how many sounds one can cram into a song. Thru Metamorphic Rocks is probably the weakest of the 3 tracks, but I can't really think of that as bad necessarily. Perhaps it just lacks a bit of the power and emotion of the previous 2 tracks.

Overall, if you've never heard Tangerine Dream before but want to ease yourself into the band rather than throw yourself into an album of cataclysmic darkness, then I would recommend starting here. This is an album that lifts you up to the clouds immediately, gives you an almost 40 minute ride gently soaring among them, then plants you back down to earth safely and softly. A masterpiece of progressive rock and electronic music? Absolutely. I give it 5 stars without hesitation.

horsewithteeth11 | 5/5 |


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