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TYRANNY OF BEAUTY

Tangerine Dream

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2.72 | 50 ratings | 6 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Catwalk (7:18)
2. Birdwatcher's Dream (6:51)
3. Little Blond In The Park Of Attractions (6:56)
4. Living In A Fountain Ren (6:58)
5. Stratosfear 1995 (5:06)
6. Bride In Cold Tears (4:51)
7. Haze Of Fame (8:29)
8. Tyranny Of Beauty (6:33)
9. Largo (from Xerxes) (4:13) *

* Composed by George Frideric Handel

Total time 57:15

Bonus Track on 1999 reissue:
10. Quasar (3:46)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / keyboards, 12-string (4,8) & lead (5,7) guitars, drums (7,8), arranger & producer
- Jerome Froese / keyboards, lead guitar (3), drums (1-3,5,6,8), percussion (3,4,6,7), arranger

With:
- Gerald Gradwool / acoustic (1) & lead (2-5,8) guitars
- Mark Hornby / acoustic (2,4,5), 12-string (2) & slide (3) guitars, lead guitar & e-bow (6)
- Linda Spa / soprano (7) & alto (3-5,7,9) saxophones, English horn (8)
- Gisela Kloetzer / string arrangements (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Tadream Vision

CD Virgin- 840275 2 (1995, Europe)
CD TDI Music- TDI CD020 (1999, Germany) With a bonus track, new cover art

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2.72
(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
6%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
16%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (26%)
26%
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)
8%

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Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Like most of the TD production of the nineties, this album is subject to controversy. Accordingly, should I say.

For some early fans, this could be considered as a massacre. For some other ones who understood their swap in their musical style, only some harm was done. But at the end of the day, there were already several years during which TD offered different layered music that the one of their great first decade.

And one had to live with this because several great albums were also released during the eighties.

This one has of course little to with the wonderful "Rubicon" of course. But at the same time, I would say that TD never sold out (so far). Even if the music presented here has NOTHING to do with the great and ambient maestria of the early seventies, it shouldn't be considered as useless either.

Most of the songs are quite decent and acceptable ("Catwalk", " Little Blonde In The Park Of Attractions"). Indeed, there are some weak moments as well. But to be honest, after having reviewed some thirty albums of the band, there were really few weak moments in their discography. Still, "Living In A Fountain Pen" does belong to one of them.

I can't be thrilled with the "adapted" version of the huge "Stratosfear" of course. What can I say? Just listen to the original and superb track of course!

So far, in my TD abundant reviewing I have only rated three of their works with two stars and even if this album is not a great one, I can't go any lower than three stars in terms of the music being played. If you ever consider how poor some production of the giants we had to face in the eighties, TD is certainly one out of many to have raised the prog flag pretty much high in the sky.

There are still some sublime musical moments in here: just listen to the extraordinary guitar work during "Hate Of Fame" to be convinced. Such a passionate moment my dear prog friends. The title track being of no less interesting mood. And what to say about the extreme jewel "Largo". Speachless, my friends.

Only therefore, they owe a lot of merit. I'm maybe rating this album on the higher range, but three stars for this "Tyranny" is my judgement.

Review by Modrigue
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars TANGERINE DREAM continues their long journey through the desert of the 90's. At the same time, a whole new generation of electronic artists has taken the power, coming with a large panel of groundbreaking styles and exciting ideas: techno, ambient, IDM, big beat, trance, world music... By proposing backgound, flat, uninspired new age compositions, the german pioneers are getting outdistanced. Honestly, the only reasons to listen to "Tyranny of Beauty" are only 2 tracks.

The first tune, "Catwalk", represents the band as it should have been in 1995. Catchy, with a fast modern beat, while featuring interesting variations. Froese and co. finally entered the 90's. One of their best compositions of this period. So the question is... why don't the other tracks have this quality and modernity?

"Stratosfear 1995" is a rather nice reinterpretation of the original 1976 composition. More direct and rock-oriented, it's an enjoyable tune.

Despite its title, the music is not really oppressive nor beautiful. Listen to "Catwalk" and "Stratosfear 1995" if you want, the rest of the album has no interest.

Latest members reviews

1 stars Probably the worst of all Tangerine Dream albums, and one of the worst things that I've ever heard - the mid-'90s were a real dark age for Tangerine Dream, and Tyranny of Beauty is its nadir. The band certainly needed to move on from the dull muzak of the Private Music albums and Rockoon, but while ... (read more)

Report this review (#1261828) | Posted by Stalvern | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A BEAUTY OF MUSIC...THE BEAUTY IN MUSIC What can I say! I was very skeptical about TD music in the 90's. Basically, TD in this period is more modern and commercial. In fact, after the Virgin era, the music of TD turned into one more accessible fo ... (read more)

Report this review (#167862) | Posted by Sachis | Friday, April 18, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have to say when I first heard this CD I was of the opinion that it was a mess... but after several more plays I found some tracks brilliant, the 1st track Catwalk is a good introduction, the next tracks get better up to track 4 : Living in a fountain pen, this is almost jazz, with Linda Spa's ... (read more)

Report this review (#50212) | Posted by | Thursday, October 6, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars After the extravaganza of the previous year's concept album "Turn Of The Tides",TD wanted to make a simpler,more stripped down album and so 1995's "Tyranny Of Beauty" is a very different affair. Unfortunately,they went too far in the opposite direction. By trying to do something different than ... (read more)

Report this review (#32576) | Posted by Pixel Pirate | Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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