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UNDER COVER - CHAPTER ONE

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

1.48 | 26 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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1 stars There was some talking at the ProgBrasil forum about this album. And quite some praising. So I was curious about it. Some people went as far as saying that TDīs version of Kraftwerkīs The Model was better than the original one. Well, after I got the album and give several spins, all I can say is that Iīm really disappointed. Iīm not a electronic music fan, nor have been following TDīs career through the years (but, with such gigantic discography, who is?). Most of what I heard was some 70īs releases like Phaedra and Stratosphere, plus a few live DVDs which I liked. So I was expecting some instrumental work, maybe with very different, bold arrangements, leading some songs to become almost unrecognizable.

Thatīs not what I heard: although there are some nice synths here and there, all are tracks have vocals and the arrangements are simply mediocre most of the time. None of the tracks steer much away from the original and the voices donīt add much either. Itīs unbelievable that such seasoned electronic expert like Edgar Froese did approve such dud. Ok, some moments are enjoyable, like the opener Cry Little Sister and Precious, although the feeling is that Iīm listening to Depeche Mode, not TD. And tracks like Hotel California and Pink Floydīs Wish You Were Here are a very poor choice of material and they sound extremely cheesy. The aforementioned The Model does have an interesting arrangement with piano and flute, but the original is way better than this one.

In the end I really donīt know what was the meaning of this album. I really wish they had done something more original and electronic using the simple melodies as a basis. Not this time. This one is just a curio at best.

Rating: one star, this is not even for fans of TD. For completionists only.

Tarcisio Moura | 1/5 |

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