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Tangerine Dream


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4 stars In 1981, the new age genre, which later claimed TANGERINE DREAM as one of its darlings, was not yet a force for the preservation of accessible unchallenging music, TD was not yet the de facto soundtrack composer they would become, and the new romantic movement was bending the floorboards at local clubs, so what was a serious band to do? Luckily, simply marking time was not an option, so TD shed a few lbs and shook its booty, quite successfully I might add.

On "Exit", tellingly, the best cuts are those that yield to the 1980s, because the band was tiring of their late 1970s sound, as evidenced by the rehash of "Tangram", and they sought to upgrade their technology in every sense, while retaining integrity if not all their fans. The opener is a surprisingly warm ode to the globe, replete with sultry feminine voice reciting the world's continents. It starts, builds, and releases. "Pilots of Purple Twilight" and "Choronzon" represent the peak, as the group struts about with new found enthusiasm and rock spirit. The first is more ambient but leads into the electronic power pop of the latter, which features a powerful main melody and sound effects. Only in the last cut does the album falter, as the group veers back towards the minimalism of early releases almost as an afterthought.

Something of a departure for TD, "Exit" is an illuminating and entrancing artifact from a dark era.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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