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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

4.17 | 823 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Well, now I really fear for my life! Only a reviewer here casted a vote like mine. Despite the importance of the record in the evolution of the whole prog movement in general and in the german scene in particular, I cannot say this is my cup of tea. I agree that there is a dreamy and a completely new "spacey" mood all over it. There is also a wonderful and massive use of "vintage" keyboards. It is not enough, for me, though. I don't think more listenings will work, I understand it clearly now.

It's more like a sort of experiment for ears useful to enlarge the usual restrict horizons. Maybe it's because I still have to acquire the taste. Maybe. It's a new musical and prog experience. Never tried before. A prog symphony suspended between forward and backward. A concert of minds that had to be a mystical adventure in a cathedral, as Tangerine Dream did at their time, impressing the audience. Perhaps that should be the best way to introduce correctly those like me.

The repetitive pattern is hypnotizing, at the risk of being "boring". Risk partially avoided by the continuous variations and upgrades of the musical level as we listeners were floating in the empyreal. It becomes a sort of limbo for me when I cannot decipher the complex plot builded by the visionars Froese, Baumann and Franke.

Suggesting, for sure and even spectral, but extremely hard listening.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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