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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

2.96 | 90 ratings

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1 stars This album contains a collection of late 1980s electronic music. People are welcome to appreciate this in whatever context they wish, but for me, this is cheesiness of the worst kind. Forgive any derision.

"Too Hot For My Chinchilla" With a name like this, I wasn't sure what to expect. The overall sound has that 1980s sickeningly sweet sound, with cheesy synthesizers and electronic percussion. However, the guitar soloing is respectable.

"Lily On The Beach" Honestly, this piece sounds like an opening theme for a hip new show about cops and hot college girls that debuted in 1989 and went out of style in 1990. I dare someone to listen to this and not picture actors and actresses with big hair turning their heads toward the camera and cheesing as their names are displayed.

"Alaskan Summer" Layers of synthetic tones and percussion create a decent affair, but is all completely forgettable.

"Desert Drive" A more upbeat piece, with slightly heavier instrumentation, this sounds like music straight out of a Mega Man game.

"Mount Shasta" A faux-Oriental feel, thanks to synthetic flute and bass, is what this track is about (despite the title sounding like a fun place where grape soda abounds). In reality, Mount Shasta is a gorgeous, snow-covered mountain, the fifth highest in California.

"Crystal Curfew" An overall unremarkable piece with shiny synthesizers and a straightforward arrangement, there just isn't much to this.

"Paradise Cove" One of the most upbeat instrumentals on the album, this one actually shows potential, believe it or not, thanks to the drums. The guitar is also a good factor, working well with the synthesizer.

"Twenty-Nine Palms" The piano here is a delightful and highly needed change of pace.

"Valley Of The Kings" A bouncy fake guitar groove keeps this one together as the melody carries on over it. The percussion is just some of the worst I've ever heard though.

"Radio City" This piece juxtaposes phony hard rock segments with airier passages, but just comes across as goofy.

"Blue Mango Café" This sounds like music they put on when one goes on hold.

"Gecko" This just gets worse, with further electronic sounds and drums from that awful decade for music.

"Long Island Sunset" The longest and final track on the album is a tangy one, featuring sultry saxophone and airy synthesizer. To wit: Bad softcore porn music.

Epignosis | 1/5 |


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