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CYCLONE

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.57 | 245 ratings

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Warthur
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2 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, but it feels like a failed experiment; Jolliffe's vocals are shoddy, and the musical backing manages to be neither decent TD work nor a decent example of the electronic rock they were toying with. I'm glad they tried it, but I'm also glad they abandoned this direction once they realised that it just wasn't working.

Warthur | 2/5 |

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