Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea

Album cover

  1. No Man`s Land (9:07)
  2. Hyperborea (8:37)
  3. Cinnamon Road (3:55)
  4. Sphinx Lightning (19:50)

Virgin, 1983

also by Tangerine Dream:

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

I'm not low enough to make an obvious pun on this album's title, but I find this one of the less interesting of Tangerine Dream's later albums for Virgin. They had upped their rate of churning out synth-based TV and film soundtracks, and this album seems just as churned out. The only thing that really grabs me is "No Man's Land". It's pleasingly tinny and has an engaging energy, with spluttering sequencers and a spiky tune bouncing around all over the place. The title track is quite listenable - its ominous deep hum and chiming tune eventually relax into a swaying ballad section.

The rest is just average stuff. "Cinnamon Road" is a straight-ahead 4 minute theme tune, interesting only for its sitar jangles. Most disappointingly, on the side-long piece "Sphinx Lightning" they just seem to be on studio auto-pilot. It has very little in terms of tunes, dynamics, or feeling. It would go in one ear and out the other on a TV soundtrack, and that's the effect it has on an album. There's even a vaguely catchy "closing titles" tune in the last couple of minutes.

Check out "White Eagle" in preference to this.

December 9, 2004

5 out of 10

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