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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Voiceprint
  • ASIN: B000NQDCH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I imported my CD from Eastgate in Germany and got it with the full DVD performance of 'Madcap'.

As several other reviewers have said, this is a huge departure from TD's usual style and I do have sympathy with those who find the high proportion of vocals to be one step too far. For me, as a fan of TD since the early 70's, I do wish the song-based interpretations of poetry had been rather more varied. Only 'Pontchertrain' stands out as being significantly different. Many of the other melodies have a remarkable similarity but this does allow you to focus on the words and the careful way in which Edgar has developed instrumentation and rhythmic themes around them. It does also give the whole album a greater sense of cohesion - something that TD hasn't always striven for.

On balance, I find this to be a satisfying and interesting development in TD's catalogue, but it is one that you will need to listen to several times before you come to your own conclusion. One thing's for sure - TD certainly aren't standing still and that was something that I thought might be the case after so many re-mixes and 'dream mixes' of previous recordings.

As for the 'Madcap' DVD. I don't think that's included with the version being advertised here on Amazon. It's mostly an arty black and white affair and shows the band apparently recording or running through the whole album. The use of rather bizarre costumes reminded me of 'Blackmore's Night' and their adoption of equally weird medieval garb. Interesting at first but rather unecessary and sad in the end. The music should be able to speak for itself without fancy dress. Compare, say, the rehearsal footage filmed for 'Camel'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Poulton on 21 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was there last night when this was played live at the Astoria and bought the CD not having heard the music at all. Even though I am what may be called a die-hard TD of 30 years I have not always agreed with the various directions that Edgar et al took. TD music and vocals has alway been received dubiously although I for one do like it. But let me jump to their defense. I beg anyone to give this a chance. Give it several listens. DO NOT dismiss it initially. It will grow. TD must be applauded for continuing to try new things after 40 years. This is beautiful music.

One last word. Last night I cried as they played "Shape My Sin". To be touched by music in such a way is rare. Thank you all ladies and gentlemen of TD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thirdsystem on 23 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have to say that due to some of the negative comments I considered not purchasing this album.

However thank goodness I did!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a beautiful, very original album. The first four tracks in particular are stunning. For those who have said the vocalist is poor, listen again to tracks 3 and 4 in particular. Excellent vocals and melodies. In truth there are two tracks out of the 12 where the vocals are not that great and one of those is because the key is too low for the guys voice.

The music is simply stunning, and I would recommend buying this album, and that is coming from a 70s Dream addict. Although I would add that the album, like many, grows on you with each listen

My only minor criticism is that I would really have liked the lyrics to be included with the album.

Well done to the Dream after 40years still producing amazing different music, looking forward to the next installment :-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Justin on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Another excellent album from my fave band by a mile. Tangerine Dream always deliver something of interest with each new release. The bands output spans across almost 40 years so the material has changed in style dramatically since the early days of Phaedra and Rubycon in the mid 70's. However, they very nearly always capture a certain something with every album that takes the listener on a new journey. This time with the unusual addition of vocals right the way through the album. Every listen will uncover a new layer or moment you may have missed previously and the tracks have many memorable passages. Still mainly based around electronics but with the inclusion of guitars, flute and percussion there is a varied sound pallete on show. Highly recommended to TD fans who may find the vocals a shock/difficult at first but shouldn't let that put them off. I feel the vocals are integrated more successfully than some previous attempts by the band. Also TD's output deserves a wider audience, one that isn't solely sheltered in the Synth music world as there is much to enjoy for everyone. If you like this, delve into TD's vast back catalogue and find some hidden gems!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
A definite grower this one. It's taken a good few weeks and a number of playings of this CD for it to finally "click" with me. When it finally did, it was like someone turned a light on in my mind and I became somewhat over-awed with the beauty of it all ...

This release, from a band celebrating its fortieth year, has certainly polarised opinion. Most who've heard it have come down on the positive side but many of those who dislike it at first have found their resistance weakening with familiarity. There are some beautiful atmospheres created here and the music and vocals can be truly haunting on many of the tracks.

I love Tangerine Dream's more atmospheric and instrumental sides and sort of drifted away from their more "up front" style during the mid nineties. Many of the releases over the last twelve to fifteen years have been a bit patchy to me, but this collection of tracks sees them using new sounds and a return to a more atmospheric vibe and it works a treat.

The addition of Chris Hausl's vocal works well in the context of these tracks, although I wouldn't necessarily want another album full, to be honest... I appreciate the earlier comments about his voice being a bit "deadpan", but his singing style works really perfectly for the music here and a more overtly "expressive" vocal would have spoiled it.

I think this release shows a new direction for the band; they've obviously still got much to say and I hope the success of this CD (there's a superb DVD now too) will spur them on to even bigger and better things again in the near future.

Now I've played it a few times, I'm coming round to the opinion that this could be one of Tangerine Dream's greatest ever works, such is the effect of the supremely haunting music on offer.

RECOMMENDED - but GIVE IT TIME to grow on you!
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