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Tangerine Dream


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3.66 | 379 ratings

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4 stars Steve Jolliffe joins Tangerine Dream for this wild departure from the band's previous work, in that on the first side Jolliffe is called on to provide vocals - not just choral ooohs and aahs, but actual singing, in actual songs. Whilst the second side of the album is an extended instrumental composition broadly along the lines that Tangerine Dream listeners came to expect from the band by this point, it still sets itself apart from most of the group's other albums from around the same era by the inclusion of a much greater number of traditional instruments alongside the group's trademark synthesisers.

However, musically speaking the pieces on this album don't seem to be an attempt to recapture the intense psychedelic Saucerful of Secrets-inspired magic of the band's earlier days, but a stab at approaching more accessible symphonic prog and art rock with the band's synthesisers often standing in for more traditional rock group instrumentation and the various other instruments assembled adding a unique texture. It's an interesting experiment on the part of the group, and whilst the experiment wasn't sustained, it feels like it was worth trying. Jolliffe's vocals aren't exactly good, but they do add this sort of ritualistic sense to the music, a stentorian air which at points puts me in mind of the best of Eloy. I'm glad they tried this, but I'm also glad they abandoned this direction once they realised that there wasn't necessarily much mileage in it; one album of this is enough.

Warthur | 4/5 |


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