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Tangerine Dream


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3.22 | 185 ratings

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3 stars The Pink is turned into Grey.

The 80s brought a change to TD as to many other bands. Froese & co start moving into more commercial and pop-oriented landscapes causing a lot of disappointment to their hard fans. But is this change so bad? I feel a sense of regret for the fantastic atmosphere of the pink period, but in the same time I have to admit that if this band wasn't TD, this album would have received better comments, actually.

The tracks are shorter, as on the predecessor "Exit", and the space rock is lost forever but we have to take into account that's also a soundtrack and side-long suites don't fit well into a screenplay.

What about the music? I think the songs here can be compared to Vangelis and when you think that more or less in the same period he was releasing the poor "See You Later" this scores another point for TD.

Think to "Dr Destructo". The guitar work over the rhythmic bass is something Floydian between "More" and "Obscured By Clouds", only with the square waves that are typical of Froese's choice of sounds.

Also "Trap Feeling" deserves a mention. I have recently listened to Wright's Broken China. The sounds of this short track is what that album is mainly made of.

All the tracks of this album and in particular "Diamond Diary" even if deeply dated into the 80s are very good. Forget that this is the band of "Zeit". They are still unique and even if in this period they are moving to soundtracks and maybe newage are still able to produce excellent music. Less challenging, more pop-oriented, but surely of good absolute quality.

Compare Thief to anything released the same year. It's surely one of the best albums of 1981. Non essential but like everything else in these bad times.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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