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2 stars The last Tangerine Dream album I purchased and indicative of much of their later stuff.The drums and guitar give the album almost a rock feel but once you get to about the 25 minute mark boredom starts to set in.The music is directionless and just seems to be passing the time till the end of the album.Best avoided.
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Posted Sunday, September 5, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars With "Goblins Club" TD proved conclusively that they were well and truly out of the creative wilderness they had been wandering around in for the first half of the 90's. This was a revitalized band,Edgar and Jerome Froese were firing on all cylinders again,energized by the success of the first "Dream Mixes" album and the much needed injection of new creativity their dalliance with the club/dance scene had generated. "Goblins Club" is a delight from start to finish. Relying on beats and rythm to a much larger degree than ever before in their career,they use this new approach to the maximum effect here. All the tracks bar one has a very prominent rythm track,for the most part courtesy of Jerome Froese,who has proven to be an excellent percussionist and is responsible for TD being such a percussive band these days. But the outstanding feature of the percussion on "Goblins Club" is not necessarily to lay down beats but to fuse with the rest of the music so that the percussion assumes a floating,almost shimmering quality that enhances the beauty of the music,and makes the quality of the composing and the details of the production stand out more clearly. On "Goblins Club" TD have managed the feat of making drums and percussion sound ethereal which lifts the music to unprecendented heights in the TD catalogue. Add to that the high quality of the songwriting on this album with recent TD classics such as "Towards The Evening Star" and "Rising Haul In Silence", the otherworldy beauty of "Elf June And The Midnight Patrol" and the delicate acoustic guitar on "Sad Merlin's Sunday" (showing a more gentle side of Edgar Froese's guitarplaying) and you have what I have no hesitation in proclaiming the best TD album of the last 10 years and one that proves conclusively that TD continues to be a musical force like no other.
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Posted Friday, November 5, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars (3,5 *) Many Tangerine Dreams have surprisingly few ratings. I'm only the second to say this is a good one. Not a masterpiece but a solid, enjoyable work which I can't say about many other post-Tyger (1987) albums I've heard: they mostly just bore me. One clear reason to make this better is Jerome Froese's tasty drumming. It is pure music. In 'Raising Haul of Silence' I enjoy the drumming almost more than in any music; it's in a word hypnotic. He plays guitars and keyboards too, like his father.

The album features many guest musicians and that results in a rich sound - cynically it could be said that it's only to hide the hollow composition. But I don't say so. Some of the eight are duller than others but there are some very enjoyable ones. And I think THE SOUND is always the most important matter with Tangerine Dream anyway. I see this as an improved cousin of Underwater Sunlight, containing wider palette and more acoustic instruments (Edgar is a master of 12-string!), and that wonderful percussion. It gives you both energy and relaxation. Beautiful cover art too.

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Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars This is an album that needs time to grow on you. I gave it plenty of time; indeed, I only heard it about twice per year, for some 3 years. ___________________

At first I dismissed it as simply boring, except the first track, but eventually other 3 tracks ("Rising Haul In Silence", "Elf June And The Midnight Patrol" and "Sad Merlin's Sunday") turned out to be very enjoyable too. These, along with the first - "Towards the Evening Star" - are the best on the album. In fact, these tracks were the ones pointed out by Pixel Pirate on his review. ___________________

Goblins' Club is obviously much better than albums like Rockoon and Turn of the Tides, from the same period. While not a genius work, it's nice. From the same period you have Mars Polaris (1999), a better album. The albums which came just before and after this one also have some qualities that are worth checking (Tyranny of Beauty, 1995, and Oasis, 1997). ___________________

Goblins' Club is even better if you find it cheap. ___________________

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Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars Those TD fans from the 70s who purchased this album in 1996 on the back of widespread publicity (for their first release on the Castle label) received an almighty surprise. And not a pleasant one either.

'Goblin's Club' is nothing like early TANGERINE DREAM, of course. Nor is this album much like the dreadful soundtrack stuff they squandered their talents on in the mid-80s to mid-90s. It is, in fact, pure prog rock. Just not very good prog rock.

Apart from the first track, that is. 'Towards the Evening Star' is the sort of catchy number that makes you think perhaps EDGAR FROESE has recaptured his mojo. Lovely stuff. However, the rest of the album is, without exception, sterile. The coldness that worked so well for TANGERINE DREAM when delivering their 'Berlin School' material simply renders this stuff irrelevant. Why spend money on formulaic, over-elaborate mechanistic compositions when there are thousands of albums out there that could change your life? This won't.

Terrifyingly, TD gets on the world music bandwagon years after it left town and samples ANOU D'MERIAN's voice. Even ENIGMA did the eastern voice theft thing better than this. The list of guest artists do their best to paper over the compositional cracks, but even gorgeous sound and excellent performances do not mask the emptiness here. The drums are nice, the guitar very nice, the synths beautiful. All the more reason to deplore the substandard material they were working with.

And most frightening of all, this is better than virtually all the other TD albums of the last twenty years.

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Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | Review Permalink
2 stars This album do not have many positive points for itself. Unpleasant cover, strange title, does it also features the worst TANGERINE DREAM music from the 90's? Maybe not. "Goblin's Club" shows a slight evolution from the previous record. Less rock-riented, the musicians now incorporates more modern ambient/world music elements, in the styles of DEEP FOREST or ENIGMA. However the proposed metarial here is still globally mediocre.

As in the previous record, the first track is undoubtly the most interesting. "Towards the Evening Star" is catchy and contains unexpected progressions. A nice surprise, but unfornately the only good composition here. The rest of the album sometimes introduces original sonorities, but not developed enough and caught in the flow of flat and rather boring melodies.

Although presenting style improvements, "Goblin's Club" is not really better than the former 90's releases of our german dreamers. At least, it will be the last TANGERINE DREAM of its kind of this decade. On their next studio album, the band will recover their lost creativity...

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Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | Review Permalink

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