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UNDERWATER SUNLIGHT

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.73 | 122 ratings

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scandosch
2 stars I usually read reviews on Prog Archives to get hints about records/bands unknown to me. I read good ones and bad ones because I learned that most reviewers on this site tend to exagerate in both directions, so I try an "average" ideas approach. But then sometimes I read reviews about records I don't know of bands I really know very well. And this opus of Tangerine Dream is one of those. I stopped buying records of Tangerine Dream after Tangram, because the next one, Exit, made a terrible impression on me. So when I saw how high the rating of this one was I tought to myself: maybe I was wrong, after all. So I got a copy of Underwater Sunlight, and guess what? I wasn't wrong at all. This record is not prog. It's new age crap at best, but even in that field not a noticeble one. Moreover, this is not a Tangerine Dream record!!! In this site TD stand for electronic progressive. They made history researching electronic music and synths sounds. This one is made with japanese sounds of the eighties, electric guitar Pink Floyd style and piano. So my best description of this music would be " instrumental Alan Parson Project meets Clayderman" . I can understand that these guys back in time had to eat. And probably their families too, since they were no young anymore, but if they were not interested in research anymore, then why still use TD name!?!?! Many bands changed drammatically in the eighties, for commercial reasons mainly, and I had to live with that at tne time, I still do now. But I don't understand why many many bands on this site are treated like renegades for their work after the seventies, and other are not. I hope this is an excetion. My conclusion is: if you are looking for a Tangerine Dream record look away from this one, very very bad indications about their greatness of the past. If you like new age records, the ones you put on when you read or cook, then it's ok. But not prog, not TD and not good in any way, just average, avoidable music.
scandosch | 2/5 |

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