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HYPERBOREA

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.44 | 150 ratings

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colorofmoney91
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3 stars Hyperborea is a much better collection of material than that found on White Eagle, but still maintains the obvious '80s obnoxiousness that is difficult to ignore.

The albums kicks off with "No Man's Land", which is basically a tribal new-age track with some eastern-Asian elements thrown in. There is really no progression in structure, and this track just goes along for 9 minutes with no real purpose. Undoubtedly a weak way to start an album. The title-track, though, is surprisingly high quality for anything by Tangerine Dream at this point. It starts in a dark, windy, atmospheric way not unlike the material on Phaedra, and only manages to get moderately new-age sounding near the end. "Cinnamon Road" features a post-Kraftwerkian type robotic melody and beat. it's not really bad, but it doesn't really stick out or progress at all, and the eastern-Asian elements from the first track also make an appearance here. The final and longest track, "Sphinx Lightning", doesn't really stick out much either. It definitely progresses throughout its duration, but mostly seems like the previous 3 tracks glued together just to make a lengthy run-time.

I can't say I'd recommend this over any of Tangerine Dream's other work besides White Eagle, but as with most music this album is definitely worth a listen at least.

colorofmoney91 | 3/5 |

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