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TRANSSIBERIA (OST)

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

2.72 | 32 ratings

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octopus-4
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3 stars Ok, this is about a train. A famous one and likely one of the most exciting travels by train that can be done. The album is the soundtrack of a documentary about the Transiberiana, which I have never seen but I guess it should be very interesting from the images point of view.

From the musical side is not as bad as I was expecting. At this point in time TD is a family affair between Edgar and his son Jerome, and having to represent a train makes the choice of the electronic drumming very easy for the first track "Yaroslav Station".

Probably in the "Smoky Karlow", which I think is a city in Poland, the train slows down. The tempo is less "trainful" and the melody is melancholic. Maybe there's a Karlow somewhere else, but looking at some pictures it doesn't look very "smoky". It's very green, instead. I don't think there's any relationship with the Russian ambassador shot dead in Turkey in 2016. Anyway, this track is too repetitive also for the TD standards.

Back on the train for the "Siberian Lights". If I didn't know that's TD I would have thought to Vangelis for the sounds. The tempo is more or less the same of Chariots of Fire and the keys sound very smilar. Luckily the melody is very different and in the end it's everything but bad.

No drums in honor of one of the biggest rivers in the world. Jenissey (Yenissey) crosses all the Siberia south to North to the Arctic Ocean, and the track bringing its name is really beauty. Slow and clam, it returns a sense of quiet maestosity. This track values the whole album.

The Baikal Lake is one of those places in the world that I'd like to see. Iced in the winter but warmed by a volcano in its depth that causes the ice to melt, crash and reform continuously. Unfortunately we are back to the train and the disco rhythm is unable to transmit the right sensations. Of course one should also see the images to find out whether they are well commented by the music, but without images this track for me is a skip.

"Samowar Juris" surely meant something in the movie, but I can't find a reason to dedicate a track to a decorated teapot, even if traditional in the area and probably of great value for collectors. Ok, let's have a train in the wagon-restaurant, but this track is nothing special even if not as bad as the previous one.

Ulan Ude is a city with two faces: I've seen pictures of enormous Lenin's statues together with apparently untouched Buddhist temples. Strange to say, in this album the tracks with no percussion are less boring than those with a rhythm. This one has a symphonic flavor and I can imagine it performed by a string orchestra. Not a masterpiece, but a good one.

"Chingan Night" is another rhythmless track. Chinga is another ig river and in the area a meteorite was found and is now in a museum in St. Petersburg. Funny to say, the word "Chinga" in Spanish slang has a very raw meaning. Google it... Another quite good track, anyway. It makes me remind of "Blade Runner Blues".

"Russian Soul" proceeds on the same territories of the previous track. It's full of "Ooh sounds", I think that with a real soprano it would have sounded much better. Again I have in mind Vangelis and the voice of Vana Veroutis on his Heaven and Hell. Sorry Froeses, but that's another league.

The travel ends when the sea is reached. The "Golden Horn" is a bay in Vladivostok, on the Japan's sea. Very little happens on this track which is good for the end titles.

There's something good so I round up the rating which is a little below the 3 stars but not as bad for 2.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |

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