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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.68 | 263 ratings

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3 stars Without doubt this is the most extreme of all TD albums. While both Atem and Alpha Centauri feature some sparse percussion to stir things up, here we are just left with droning organ, droning synth and sound effects that slowly weave arrhythmic and a-tonal patterns.

It's an ambitious take on modern classic music on electronic instruments and I must admit it works quite well for me. It's the first Tangerine Dream album where they find their own voice and step beside the Pink Floyd Umma Gumma inheritance, which was still very dominant on Alpha Centauri and which also returned on the ensuing album Atem. Even though many fans don't like this album, every album that follows it in the 70's contains echoes (especially in the opening and closing sections of longer tracks) of the spooky cosmic sound that is attempted here. Even the opening minutes of Force Majeure play tribute to the artistic vision that was developed here.

Not the kind of album to sit and relax to, it is an important and impressive album in electronic music. Maybe not the best in this style (I prefer Schulze's Cyborg) but sure one of the more influential ambient works to come out of the electronic kraut scene of the early 70's.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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