TD's 1996 studio album
Although Tangerine Dream's album Goblins Club dates from 1996 (the latest re-release by TDI is just a change of cover, by the way). Two things are immediately obvious on listening to it: the first is how Jerome's contribution has begun to mature; the second is how little of the material now relies on the guest musicians to carry it off.|
- Towards The Evening Star
- At Darwins Motel
- On Cranes Passage
- Rising Haul In Silence
- United Goblins Parade
- Lamb With Radar Eyes
- Elf June And The Midnight Patrol
- Sad Merlins Sunday
While quite a number are credited, their contributions to the final result seem to be quite minor. A glance at the credits shows that Jerome is listed as the main composer of most of the music here, suggesting that his father, Edgar, is maybe taking more of a back-seat role in the artistic direction department.
Sadly, none of the tracks on this disc really stand out as anything unusual. That said, this remains an example of fairly solid studio workmanship that is just not quite up to Tangerine Dream's live achievements. Sadly, too, I think the standard of the material drops gradually the further into the disc one goes, so that by the end, one's ears are a little tired from the overall lack of sonic variety. The pace drops steadily, as well, and the CD ends with a long, drawn-out ballad (Sad Merlin's Sunday) which has some nice moments if you're still awake to hear them but which isn't really strong enough to close the album out. Maybe one needs to play the disc in smaller chunks, or experiment a little with the CD player's programming features?
Highlights? Well, At Darwin's Motel has some lovely vocals (soloist not credited! Shame!) demonstrating once and for all and beyond all doubt should anyone still have any, that Tangerine Dream have now fully integrated the (wordless) singing voice into their sound world. And very nicely too.
On Crane's Passage features a nice mix of percussion voices, while Rising Haul in Silence an inappropriate title, if ever there was one could be nominated for the best drumming on the album. It also has some good sampler sounds in it and features a jolly little tune in the best Tangerine Dream tradition.
Lamb with Radar Eyes is probably the track which stands up best to repeated listening, though, with its constantly changing minimalist rhythmic patterns, classic Dream chord progressions and its mix of novel synthesizer voicing and guitar work. At over 8 and a half minutes, it's also longer than most of the other tracks, too.
Overall, I'd say that this disc is more interesting for what it suggests about the future directions of this band, than for what it actually delivers.
What it does deliver is worth hearing, though, so rather than wait around for whatever the future does hold, you might want to give this a listen now!