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CYCLONE

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.56 | 241 ratings

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tszirmay
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4 stars The irascible synthmonster Berliners took this 'sideway look', introducing a one shot blend of vocals and real drums, never really before or after in any consistent manner. They probably chose the title "Cyclone" as a suggestive term for their brash boldness, going in a singular direction that ultimately was a fine decision. The stunning artwork is my TD favorite, right up there with Phaedra and Rubycon. With the semi-legendary Klaus Krüger on his patented polyester drums as well as the unusual Steve Jolliffe on vocals and reeds, this opus remains a shining example of creative expansion within the relatively basalt-rigid walls of sequenced rhythms, synthesized sweeps and glistening leads that TD is famous for. Three tracks, two whoppers and a mini-interlude that stand the test of time in more ways than one. "Bent Cold Sidewalk" is the stunning 13 minute opener, a thundering composition that highlights the Jolliffe vocals, giving the piece an almost Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come aura (circa "Journey" album) that is awesome and intriguing. The real drums are nevertheless played in a robotic fashion, the flutes and clarinets emitting distorted wails and the hint of edgy paranoia highly enticing. After the brief 5 minute punky interlude, the sparkling "Madrigal Meridian" shuttles forward like a stubborn spatial monolith, rumbling proudly ahead, infusing all the heralded TD ingredients into the bowl. With remarkable and unusual short-sightedness, TD purists ripped this release to shreds, not accepting the quirky changes even though only the side ?long "Madrigal Meridian" had no vocals , forcing Froese to relent and recording the splendid follow up "Force Majeure" with Krüger but sans Jolliffe. I love the challenge here and while not up there with TD's best (the above mentioned, as well as Stratosfear, Ricochet and the subtle Pergamon), Cyclone remains a solid listen. 4 tornados
tszirmay | 4/5 |

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