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CYCLONE

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.55 | 230 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars TD meets BJH!

This is at least the feeling I had when I listened to the vocal parts of ''Bent Cold Sidewalk''. Sound as if Les Holroyd was there. Per se, there is nothing wrong here, except that it is probably the last thing a TD fan could expect from this band. Now, being a fan of both of them (even if their huge production is not always including masterpieces) I am not too much in a fuss.

Don't be too desolated though, what comes next is a pure and great TD part: classic synth, great fluting (that's new as well, but quite well achieved) and these great and melodic keys! The only annoying moments are those computerized vocals at the start and middle part (very short, fortunately). In all, this long track is quite enjoyable: different for sure, but good. I would say, the best available.

Now, to be honest, the strongest point of ''Rising Runner?'' resides in the fact that it is ? short. Apart from that, I wouldn't say that the upbeat sounds from this tune are a memorable TD moment. It is quite weird and poor actually.

The side long ''Madrigal Meridian'' can also be a surprise for TD early fans (or fans of their early days). The electro beat which is available from the start sounds as if we were already in the eighties (I know that they were often ahead of their time, but still?). There are hardly melodies in those twenty minutes of music: repetitive and passionless. Only the last three minutes are moving and belong to what the band had used us to.

In terms of quality albums, TD set the mark very high in the seventies. Even if their very early work was quite abstruse, I could always have a special feel about it. This one can't compete with their sublime period from '74 through '77.

An average album, second-rate TD music as far as I'm concerned. It is of course not recommended to start with this one if you are willing to investigate in their seventies period. It is my least favourite album so far. Five out of ten. I upgrade it to three stars. But don't ask me why.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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