Force Majeure (studio album) by Tangerine Dream

Force Majeure by Tangerine Dream
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 3,557th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 95 votes)
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Force Majeure is ranked 4th best out of 115 albums by Tangerine Dream on

The best album by Tangerine Dream is Phaedra which is ranked number 1164 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,533.

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From 05/08/2022 01:49
This was the sound of Tangerine Dream closing the 70s and entering the 80s (just about). Less synth washes, more conventional structures and beats, and a hint at shorter form tracks. If the 80s synthesizer sound doesn't excite you, there's unlikely to be anything of interest here but if analogue warmth is your thing, dive right in. TD have quite probably released over 100 albums of original material but in my opinion, nothing (not even their first few albums) has the appeal of this one. A great late night listen.
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From 08/06/2019 15:25
Very good album. The 3 songs are pretty solid, but I have a soft spot for "Thru Metamorphic rocks", with the wolves howling at the end ; magical.
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From 05/26/2018 20:49
I feel that Tangerine Dream peaked with this release. Of course I love their early stuff (Rubycon, in particular), but the mix of their soundscapes with more song-like structures (even if the songs were put together as one long track), is done brilliantly here. Whether jumping from melody to atmosphere and back again on the title track, or expanding on the martial rhythms of the final section the record, this is an outstanding album. There's even an opportunity for our heroes to show off their guitar-playing chops on Cloudburst Flight. Definitely one to check out.
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From 03/05/2018 22:26
After the disappointing Cyclone album (in comparison to previous work) Tangerine Dream pulled out all the stops with this album, thankfully losing the vocals. I have a near mint copy on vinyl and it sounds superb on a decent audio system. I hear things on the vinyl I don't hear on my CD version. At this point in time Tangerine Dream are moving away from sound collages into more melodic territory, a typical example being 'Cloudburst Flight', I saw Eric Froese play the guitar intro to this at the Royal Albert Hall and was mesmerised by the Mini Moog sample which led the piece of music, skilfully delivered by Thornsten Quaeschning, a bass sequence underpinning the track, originally on a Moog Modular no doubt. Nice to hear real time drums played, most notably on 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks'. Overall a superb album.
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From 02/24/2016 17:13
Cloudburst Flight is brilliant, it's a pity the rest of the album is nowhere near as good.
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