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2 stars The good news (and in fact the only real reason for getting this album) is the impressive opening track 'Three Bikes In The Sky',a wonderful soaring peice with guitars to the fore.After that it's fairly uninspired stuff with lots of unimaginative sequencing and 'songs' that are listenable but a long way from essential.
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Posted Friday, January 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars Always difficult to review a Tangerine Dream album. Every album is so different. Throughout the years I learned to appreciate Tangerine Dream's evolution. But I have to say that not everything is in my taste. The 90's were not a real good period in the bands history, in artistic way. This album tough has had always a special place in my heart. Why? Don't really know, I think it's sounds warm to me. So here's a try: Good album but not exceptional. It needs a few listenings tough to appreciate some of the tracks. Very nice is Three Bikes In The Sky, with good and floating sounds and nice guitar. Also Electric Lion is one of my favourites. Starting very slow, it builds up to a climax with lot's of screaming guitars. The rest of the tracks are OK, except for the title track; I don't like the saxophone on this one. But that's personal For those of you that liked for example Underwater Sunlight; try it! For the fans of the early days; don't even bother!
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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars I love it, TD is a beautiful band and it`s very different one album of another. Try to listen very slowly and when you reach that climax, you will be shock Haslinger became an excelent colaborations for TD and we will miss that. I never will be tired of listening Tangerine Dream, a great sample of electronic prog music
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Posted Saturday, July 16, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars Here goes TD, attacking another decade. I just hope that it will be better than the way they closed the eighties ("Lily On The Beach"). It was not a friendly way to say goodbye to this period actually?

I tend to be indulgent for TD, and the first two tracks from this album are quite good to be honest. Very good sax play for the opener and title track, and some beautiful ambient moments peppered with great electric guitar from the Froese gang to make a highlight of "Three Bikes In The Sky".

This album is also longer than usual (almost an hour). And even if we are not close from the ethereal of let's say "Desert Green", a track as "Dolls In The Shadow" holds sufficient ambient keys to please my old ears.

I would have wished some more "tribal" sounds during "Yucatán" but instead, some programmed percussions aren't really working well but this is compensated by an emotional guitar break. Not too bad at all shall I say. So far, so good?

Most of the compositions sound fresh and are well crafted. Much better than the previous "Lily" which almost brought me in despair. The simplistic and repetitive "Electric Lion" is OK while you are on the meditating side of things. But this fully new age oriented track is a good antidote to stress, believe me. This album flows nicely from one track to the following without any mistakes so far. The "lion" even roars at mid-time in the form of another very good guitar part.

Some more upbeat at times "Rolling Down Cahuenga" (but with no harm even if this is not the highlight from "Melrose") and somewhat electro-pop as well but mixed with heavenly keys ("Art Of Vision") are available.

The longest rack for this album (but short in terms of TD epic) is "Desert Train" which is a good summary of what one can obtain from this album: synthetic beats, computerized drumming BUT great keyboards moments for sure.

"Melrose" is a diversified album that is quite pleasant to listen to. Not a masterpiece of course but yet a pretty decent work. The closing "Cool At Heart" is again all tact and passion. A wonderful way to say goodbye.

This work is quite a (good) surprise after having experienced the worse. A fine entry into the nineties by all means and a quite neglected album. Three stars (seven out of ten for sure).

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Posted Monday, July 13, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars To be fair, it should be noted that at the time of this review, I own a grand total of 4 or 5 Tangerine Dream albums from the 90s onwards (I do not own anything from the 2000s yet either). And of those few albums, this is the only 90s one I've heard so far that has done anything to excite me in a really big way. Yes, there are definitely plenty of clichés found in this album left over from some of the 80s Tangerine Dream work, including lots of that nice 80s pop-synth sound most proggers just love to death, but I think most of the clichés work wonders here. But what really does wonders for me is the saxophone. I think it adds a unique sound not really found in the music of Tangerine Dream. And it kind of has a sensual feeling to it too, in that I could probably try using this on the girl I currently have a crush on and it would work in positive ways, if you get what I mean. The title track and Desert Train are the two that stick out the most to me, although that may be partially due to the saxophone. Did I mention I like the saxophone a lot on here? But seriously though, there are a lot of great atmospheres here, and yet there is still an almost dance-able quality to the sound of Melrose.

This isn't the best TD album by any means, but it is certainly a darn good one. I could really give this either 3 or 4 stars, but for most TD fans, this is one of the few 90s albums that definitely belongs in your collection, so I will rank it 4 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | Review Permalink
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3 stars This album is considered by the band as a milestone. If you look at the TD website, the band's history mentions the "Melrose years". Where is the difference? First of all this is not a soundtrack and we are no longer in the 80s. With this album Tangerine Dream becomes a sort of family affair, with Jerome Froese joining his father and Paul Haslinger. Secondly, the high number of soundtracks, which usually have the purpose of commenting images has made the band's sound slide smoothly to newage atmospheres and the title track with its sax is an example. A very good track, anyway.

There are highlights like "Three Bikes In The Sky" but at this point of their history Tangerine Dreams are reluctant in releasing 20 minutes long tracks as in the past. Ten years before they would have probably tied together all those 5 minutes instrumentals, but I think that at a certain point they have realised that separating the tracks is more effective if you look for sales and radio passages. In some moments, "Yucatan" is one of them, I hear similarities with the kind of electronic works released by Peter Bardens in the 80s, "Seen One Earth" in particular. However, Yucatan is one of the album's highlights Other things, like the following track "Electric Lion" are very similar to Micheal Manring's Wyndham Hill releases, so newage.

The real album's highlight is "Desert Train", probably because it's the longest track and contains track of the good old days, with the main theme fo the track which changes several time without being too circular and showing a bit more of composing effort. I would have preferred a better closer instead of the mellow "Cool At Heart" which is mellow also in the title.

Not a bad album, promising of what the 90s would have been for TD, but very far from their masterpieces.

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Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Review Permalink
1 stars Simply my least favorite studio album of TANGERINE DREAM of the 20th century. Although not brilliant, the previous releases had a few nice and original tracks. Here, even after several listens, I cannot find one interesting moment. The compositions sound like flat, uninspired new-age music. "Melrose" provides no hypnotic sequenced passages, nor pretty melodies as in "Underwater Sunlight". Furthermore, the sound is very dated.

This record marks the end and the limit of the band's more or less inspired late 80's period. Last with Paul Haslinger, first with Jerome Froese. I don't recommend this album for fans of 70's TD, even for fans of the Schmoelling era. Fortunately, TANGERINE DREAM will evolve and change directions, adopting a more rock oriented sound the following years.

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Posted Saturday, March 12, 2016 | Review Permalink
3 stars

I remember liking this one more than Lilly on the Beach. The opener, Melrose, had a thrust, the strings cool, the bass a driving pulse, simple, almost like Too Hot for My Chinchilla, but more mellow. I liked it, but still, it just didn't kill! I just kept hoping that Tangerine Dream, now armed to the teeth with the best equipment in the industry to make interesting electronic music would really make things happen after Optical Race.

What happened instead, were a lot of lush chords being held... (two, three, four)... then held (two, three, four)... then... sigh... held. It seemed to me the compositional style was mere adjacency of some Korg Synthesizers grooving at 80 beats per minute.

To its credit, I have to say that even today in my Ipod, Three Bikes in the Sky-- perhaps the most dramatic piece they've done that decade-- is always loaded up and in my rotation. It is fantastic, a nice work of 12 string guitar and lush pads blossoming to yield some killer dual guitar lines from Edgar Froese. He bends and sustains his notes brilliantly in harmony along two tracks.

We get more guitar ferocity in Yucatan which is smooth, urgent and elegant in movements that, though may not seem very descriptive at first, really grow on you. Even Electric Lion has this effect and it's hard not to melt away in into the pulsing spaces and cascading brilliance delivered by Jerome Froese's guitar lines. His style is more frenetic than his father's, though Jerome a (at that time) budding technical player could be hiding a bit behind a delay effect. Ok, Melrose is a good album, a pretty good one in fact, even if it's sorta coffee shop music.

At times, especially when listening to Rolling Down Cahuenga, and Dolls in the Shadows I feel like I'm listening to the album equivalent of the less clever brother of Optical Race pining away for some kind of relevance.

But then on the other hand, I'm humming along to Art of Vision and it's optimistic whimsical bell phrases, and even bobbing my head while listening to the enjoyable meandering jam-out of Desert Train which I can sometimes imagine the piano line being played by Schroeder in the ABC Television Special "The Berlin School is Out Charlie Brown." There are days that I enjoy it for what it is, and then there are days where I just pop the cd out and instead play Poland.

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Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2022 | Review Permalink

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