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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

2.81 | 149 ratings

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3 stars It is now clear that the band has evolved towards a more electro beat music. Should I say commercial? Maybe.

Still, the concept of this album is original (while other giants had just no concept at all during these early mid eighties). Having been in five of those "parks", it is quite a ride for me. And "Boulogne" opens the album brilliantly. It is different music of course than the one we could experienced ten years prior this release, but not so much when you listen to the wonderful closing section.

I can understand that when "Central Park" starts, lots of TD fans must have been shocked (in the same way than they were with "Cyclone"). This track almost starts as a "Santana" one. It is true to say that these beats have little to do with a classic TD track and it does not convey ant particular feeling about Central Park (same applies to "Gaudi").

There are some more ambient and enjoyable tracks as well. The next two belong to this category. I particularly like "Zen Garden" which title is quite appropriate. Even if it is one of the parks I haven't been so far, I can easily feel the quietness of an Asian piece of untouched land. It could have referred to some places in Vietnam were I went without any problem. The second best IMO.

I would have expected something more appropriate for "Hyde Park" and the great Albert Hall that sits (almost) there.

This album closes brilliantly as it opened: "Yellowstone..." is a dramatic theme and features some languishing vocalizing parts. Beautiful. Period.

This album can't compete with the best of their works but it is again a decent achievement. If you exclude some soundtrack albums released by then, this one contains much more tracks than average. But I presume that the mood was not to write another great epic.

The three star rating is maybe on the higher end but since there are no other option on PA, this is it (five out of ten really). It would also have better been titled "Les Parcs" though. But this is pure French terminology?

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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