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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.25 | 840 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars 4.5 stars really. This album is another step in the metamorphosis of the somber electronic music catarpillar into the symphonic butterfly that will unfold its wings with Ricochet and soar high in the sky. What you had heard in Phaedra is now evolving with even more superb ambiances (some references are made to 2001 Space Odissey and Ecoes of Floyd in the quieter moments) but now is more evident that their wider success comes from something else . About six minutes into the first number , comes something unheard of since their second album Alpha Centauri : a rythm track - alhough there had been hints of that in the predecessor. Don't get your hopes up to high (or do so whichever way you look at it) but this an electronic rythm done by phasers and sequencers (hardly news for a teenager nowadays but back then....) and this attention is constantly drawn by the suddle changes of this rythm. In the following albums however more and more acoustic instruments (notably drums by Baumann) will make appearances in their Oeuvre but this will also always be respectfull of their electronic art. With this album T D come in the court of not only the artistical giants but also in the court of the successful prog giants. I know of only one album even more breathtaking in this musical direction , and that is A Rainbow In Curved Air (1969!!!)rom another master and genious Terry Riley. Both absolute masterpieces even if nowadays , they do age gracefully but they still do not sound dated (to me anyway).
Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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