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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.94 | 316 ratings

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First of all, I must admit I find very hard to post a review on this album! The music from Tangram can be only heard and heard again, but difficult to discuss. I think Tangram is the most progressive TD album, after Force Majeure. This is the first Froese, Franke, Schmoelling line-up album and this means the peak of their composition in music. Not if it would be still Peter Baumann instead of Schmoelling, I think it would have been the same thing. Great, great and astonishing sound overall! It's a normal evolution after a multitude of great progressive electronic albums like Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear , Cyclone and Force majeure. The digital synth era is here at the beginning, nevertheless, IMO, the most beautiful electronic albums are made on analog synths. I guess this album was still on analog synthesisers, mostly the accuracy of sound proves that... But, back to the album... How can I describe the music from Tangram? It transcends your inner state of mind, it leads you to far galaxies, you become the perfect voyager through time and space during 40 minutes, divided into two parts:Tangram Set 1 and Tangram Set 2. From the first second, the music keeps going on in a perfect harmony. The atmospheric and lush keyboards sounds mixed with Froese's electric guitar are sublime. Every musical theme turns into another, as you almost realize... The last 10 minutes of Set 1...the steps echoes and what it follows after it's amazing! T Set 2 is more spacey and cosmic. First 5 minutes is purely atmospheric and space music. Than everything turns into a melodramatic situation, the electronic background beat (I guess Franke's responsibility) is perfectly mixed with Froese's electric guitar. The last 10 minutes transposes the listener into ethereal and cosmic void; synthesiser voice effects and noises culminating into a final passage...the perfect end IMO. Highly emotional. I remembered myself listening to this album on nights putting on my headphones, and never wanted to put them back again!

This album does not fit to a Sc-Fi movie or scientific documentary, because it's very, very intense and recommended only for an individual hearing, a true one. I would recommend it to every visionnaire and dreamer who enjoy cosmic landscapes and the multitude of stars from a midnight sky. Sit down and enjoy!

Sachis | 5/5 |


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