Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure

Album cover

  1. Cloudburst Flight (7:28)
  2. Force Majeure (18:23)
  3. Thru Metamorphic Rocks (14:29)

Virgin, 1979

also by Tangerine Dream:

see also... Jean-Michel Jarre, Tomita, Vangelis, Can

Gernam synth pioneers Tangerine Dream's late 70's stuff was cleaner and less psychedelic than their earlier, better-known works like "Phaedra" and "Rubycon". "Cloudburst Flight" is typical of this poppier sound, its sequenced synth bubbling forming a basis for lots of guitar-like Moog soloing. Edgar Froese also likes to add actual guitar solos into the mix now and then. Even so, there is still some more abstract experimentation at the start of "Force Majeure" itself, with its spaced ambient atmospheres and birdsong-like whizzes. In general this album, and other Tangerine Dream stuff of the time, might appeal to Pink Floyd fans, as a lot of it is reminiscent of Rick Wright's keyboard work on "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals".

May 3, 2004

6 out of 10

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