Even if some sounds have been "adapted" to the 80s there are some passages reminding of the period of Phaedra and Ricochet and the final minute has something of the Pink Period.
I can't say the same of "Night In Tula". Taken outside of its context, and ignoring that this is Tangerine Dream it's not that bad. Those are the conditions to appreciate it.
Think to an artsy release of bands like Kraftwerk or "Devo". Even though it's deeply electronic this is not what one expects from Tangerine Dream. It's far from Zeit or Atem, but it's Froese at his best: a 10 minutes track coming from the 70s.
Finally the title track. On this one I hear Phaedra. Maybe a commercial version of Phaedra but still intriguing and full of the typical square waves that are distinctive of TD's sound.
A good album, really better than its predecessor and one of the best things appeared in a decade, the 80s, that has been very poor of good music. Maybe not bad for jogging, but seems harsh and abrasive compared to the soaring beauty of the music that Tangerine Dream used create. The main piece is the twenty minute Mojave Plan.
Like many of the long TD pieces this one moves from section to section without much to tie them together. The good: there are some very nice synth patches in the piece.
The bad: too many sections get me imagining the vocals from Kraftwerk's We Are The Robots running over the music. Yes, that is a bad thing. Midnight In Tula is a much more upbeat piece than I'm used to hearing from TD in the seventies and early eighties. I like it. Convention Of The 24 is the best piece on the album. Dark and moody, it contains all of what drew me to TD in the first place. That's probably why they named the album after this track.
But probably because it was made for a TV show, the song goes nowhere, and is about as boring a track I've heard from TD. Ups and downs. After the half-failure of "Exit", the band now recovers their creative ambitions. Nearly entirely electronic, very few guitar, this record features well inspired and trippy music.
The band was still creative after the 70's! It marks the return of the long 20 minutes suites. Their best compositon since "Force Majeure".
Every electronic music fan should give it a listen. On the oppositive, "Midnight in Tula" is the black sheep here. It's a joyful but dated and irritating tune. The sound is similar to early computer music of the 80's which is not necessarily a bad thing ; the music theme will be rearranged for the video game "Last Ninja 2" on Commodore When listening to this tune, I imagine myself exploring Antarctica.
There is a mystical mood in it. The title track finishes the record with an aerial melody on a delicate sequence phrase. It's an eagle, but flying in slow motion, over deserted ruins of an ancient civilization. With this album, we enter my favorite phase of Tangerine Dream. And this time, it was for good. Of course, I knew Phaedra the dreamlike, the sumptuous Ricochet. Stratosfear and Encore with Edgar completely furious on guitar!
Certainly, the sound has changed! It's colder, even metallic. Logos had served a warning to the nostalgic of the Baumann era; Froese, Franke and Schmoelling were in search of a sound revolution. The new trio wanted to push the boundaries of EM even further by composing symphonies with sometimes dizzying and always surprising outcomes.
For many fans, the Schmoelling years would become the apotheosis of the career of Tangerine Dream. A blow of clog bursts out and scatters its echoes which disrupt the tranquility of a strange synthesized bird that makes hear his shouts in a metallic ambience more than unreal.
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