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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

2.53 | 21 ratings

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2 stars Can I have my money back, please?

This question comes to mind when I listen to yet another TD - or more like Froese - album, post 1980. Over the decades I've spent a small fortune on TD LPs, then CDs. Considering that the band is more prolific than even Frank Zappa, it adds up.

Here is another example of indulgent and remarkably boring material passed off for the second time in a live performance. The odd guitar fill is nice and comes across as a "blessed relief" but insufficient to save this release.

The first part is nothing short of irritating, devoid of inspiration. Disco rhythms repeated endlessly and when Linda Spa enters with her soprano sax, she just repeats the same melody - where there is one - akin to a Pop tune approach to fill time. Irritation sets in early in the piece. Frankly, even Kraftwerk would be blushing at such uneventful delivery. But at least you hear Herr Froese talk which is a rare event. His croaky, unemotional voice would make me run to lock up my daughters - if I had any. Scary would be an understatement and I almost wish I've never heard his voice.

The second part is hardly better. Same approach with the addition of Brian May of Queen on a couple of tunes. I see him as a great guitar player, although I am not a fan of Queen. Here he plays some nice licks for a couple of minutes before fading into irrelevance. Meanwhile, the background vocals are really poor and should have been edited out.

I could go on, but I don't see the point. The more TD I hear, the less I like the band, a band that were amongst my fave performers some 35-40 years ago.

This piece won't creep past 2 stars with me - yet again.

BORA | 2/5 |


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