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HYPERBOREA

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.45 | 147 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This is the last album of a truly golden period. TD have signed some remarkable albums under this label and part of this great period will always been linked with my teens.

Taken this under consideration, the band is again playing a rich synth based electronic music as one could already have experienced in their later releases. The fantastic and spacey mood might well be gone, what remains here is still quite decent work. But (maybe) I 'm biased?

It is also true to say that I don't listen often to this particular work (there are so many other great ones from this band) but once in a while, why not? Like I'm doing tonight after having listened to their good "White Eagle" album.

"Hyperborea" though starts on a lower edge with a too much electro-beat oriented track ("No Man's Land"). But the feeling is totally recovered with the superb title track. "Hyperborea" is such of a great beauty again. How much I love these memorable musical moments! Plain, simple, straight, cold. In one word (or two): bloody enjoyable. My highlight with no hesitation. Another great "Tangerine Dream" piece of music. Should I say masterpiece? I guess so.

It would have been perfect of course if the other tracks were of the same calibre, but the short and repetitive "Cinnamon Red" is breaking the great feel.

Now, the side long "Sphinx Lightning". This is quite a TD format for an album. Some "short" tracks and an epic. To remember the glory days, I guess... It tends to sound like one of their best, it is timed therefore, it has some of those legendary flavours. BUT, at the same time it lacks a bit of everything and these beats are not always welcome to my ears. But again, the magic operates quite well and such peaceful and Far-Eastern sounds like the ones that one can experience at half time are just splendid.

"Sphinx..." is my second fave here and this album surely deserves a solid three stars with no doubt. Another good TD work. As usual.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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