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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.94 | 504 ratings

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4 stars This was the last TD album I experienced as a contemporary in 1976. And I have to say that this is again quite a good work by the trio.

Lots of great mellotron sounds, splendid ambient and trippy music as TD has almost always offered (even if the early days were harder to get into). The combination of some guitar generates definite Floydean savours and are more than welcome in their ocean of keyboards extravaganza. This is to summarize the title track.

What is to be noticed here is that there aren't any epic like we were used to since ''Alpha Centauri''. But this will even be more obvious with their next record. The short ''Big sleep in Search of Hades'' is one of their most melodic track ever: vaguely reminiscent of ''Tubular Bells'' and the early ''Genesis'': it is all enchantment and beauty.

After an average ''Three AM?'', there comes one of my all time TD fave: the brilliant, the moving, the superb ''Invisible Limit''. This intro is so brilliant, so mysterious, so pleasant, so symphonic, so, so, so?Floydean at times.

TD has condensed a lot of their previous work in these barely twelve great minutes. This is the ultimate highlight of this album: a stratospheric number indeed which makes you forget the previous track.

It is truly a jewel of a track that any prog fan should take the time to listen to. A magical moment (but I have already used this expression several times to describe TD music). I just LOVE this piece of music. The closing part has such an ASOS feel; and you know how I love this Floyd masterpiece (at least it is MHHO). A great moment. A wonderful moment.

If only ''Three AM'' would have been skipped and ''Invisible Limits'' expanded, I would have rated this album with five stars; but as such four stars seem legitimate.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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