Tangerine Dream ‎– Tyranny Of Beauty

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Catwalk 7:21
Birdwatcher's Dream 6:52
Little Blond In The Park Of Attractions 6:57
Living In A Fountain Pen 6:59
Stratosfear 1995 5:08
Bride In Cold Tears 4:53
Haze Of Fame 8:30
Tyranny Of Beauty 6:35
Largo 4:12

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0 9006-23046-2 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) Miramar 0 9006-23046-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40275 2 0, 7243 840275 2 0, 840275 2 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 40275 2 0, 7243 840275 2 0, 840275 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
AMP-CD 027 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) AMP Records AMP-CD 027 UK 1995 Sell This Version
MPCD3046 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) Miramar MPCD3046 US 1995 Sell This Version
LFAD 1235 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) Les Folies Art LFAD 1235 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
NM 35 672 CD Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) Nuevos Medios NM 35 672 CD Spain 1995 Sell This Version
09006-23046-4 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(Cass, Album) Miramar 09006-23046-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
TDI002CD Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album) TDI Music TDI002CD Austria 1996 Sell This Version
TDI CD020 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album, RE) TDI Music TDI CD020 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
232652 Tangerine Dream Tyranny Of Beauty(CD, Album, RE) Documents, Eastgate 232652 Germany 2009 Sell This Version

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December 11, 2014
referencing Tyranny Of Beauty, CD, Album, RE, TDI CD020
Despite only being a released a year later, Tyranny of Beauty almost immediately sets itself apart from the previous Turn of the Tides. Opener Catwalk is a strikingly contemporary piece of ambient techno, complete with a curious drum loop samples from Mmm Skyscraper... I Love You by Underworld, of all people. Its pulsating synth sequence draws to mind the 'classic' Tangerine Dream sound, and although the band seem unable to be able to escape their late '80s FM synth presets, the track is the first TD piece to truly sound like it came from the 1990s.

While during Turn of the Tides, and the live album 220 Volt, Edgar and Jerome often felt like the backing band to Zlatko and Linda's solos, here the balance is redressed a little; indeed, Zlatko is nowhere to be found, replaced by Mark Hornby and Gerald Gradwohl. Electric guitar and sax solos are still to be found throughout the record, although they are toned down enough to allow the synths actually supply melodies to keep the tracks going.

Stratosfear '95, a reworking of the classic 1976 in TD's electronic rock style of the '90s, is quite good fun, as long as it's not taken too seriously (much how the band intended it to be!) Otherwise there isn't much strikingly memorable on the rest of the album. Jerome's Bride in Cold Tears is another techno-informed piece, whilst Edgar's compositions remain deeply rooted in the more romantic, sentimental sound that has been a part of the band since Le Parc. An arrangement of the famous Largo movement of Handel's Xerxes, although featuring a pleasant counterpoint arranged by Linda Spa, is no less redundant as the Mussorgsky piece from the year before, and closes the original album on a somewhat uninspired note. Thankfully later reissues feature the bonus track Quasar, which sounds very much a precursor to the group's Dream Mixes series.

By continuing to broaden their sound, and return to an approach which emphasises composition over endless soloing, Tangerine Dream regained a little momentum after the poor Turn of the Tide. That said, Tyranny of Beauty is, like most of the band's '90s output, tiring to listen to start-to-finish, and is still several leagues below the band's strongest moments.