Force Majeure (studio album) by Tangerine Dream
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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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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.6/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Cloudburst Flight is brilliant, it's a pity the rest of the album is nowhere near as good.
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