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Introspective small-scale Dreaming,
This review is from: Exit (Audio CD)
Most of the tracks on this 1981 Tangerine Dream album are fairly short and of a more lyrical nature than can be found on most of the band's earlier releases. Generally, this is gentle and introspective music that demonstrates something of a new care and purposefulness in its crafting than is exhibited in earlier works. In many ways, this album marks a turning point in the band's output, bridging the large-scale, freer-form works of their past with the more meticulously honed and technically impressive works that were to follow.
The most substantial item is probably the 9-minute `Kiew Mission', an early 80's (cold war) anthem for world peace, featuring the whispering voice of an uncredited Russian actress delivering its central message. As well as its Russian words, the track incorporates a number of jaunty tunes from a variety of sweet-voiced synthesisers, together with a simple, yet effective, sequencer pulse.
The majority of the album's other tracks are shorter numbers. `Pilots of purple twilight' is the sort of sequencer and synth ballad that was rapidly becoming a Tangerine Dream trademark and for which their music was in such demand as film soundtrack material-simple yet potently hypnotic throughout its entire 4-minute duration. Of similar length, `Choronzon' is built around a steady percussion and sequencer beat with more lyrical synthesiser and guitar layers, while the only slightly longer `Exit' is reminiscent of the relentless brooding music of their previous (soundtrack) album, "Thief". This track's stately main theme rides over a relentless beat, accompanied by some glittering running arpeggios. A nice touch too is the processed rain sound that underlies the track's closing few minutes. `Network 23' is another short and simple exploration of boppy rhythms and synthetic textures, with nothing to tax the unadventurous listener but of sustained interest for all that.
The album closes with a slightly lengthier (8:20) masterpiece, `Remote viewing', which is similar in structure to works on the band's "Stratosfear" album. This track starts out very moody and somewhat unstructured. Out of its slowly unfurling growlings, however, a sweet flute-voiced synthesiser suddenly emerges to sing a heart-rendingly lyrical tune, accompanied by a classically minimalist sequencer pulse, which steadily rises in intensity to carry the slowly developed melodic elements through to their gentle yet captivating conclusion. This track confirms the album's main message: one of hope for peace, harmony and tranquillity throughout the world.
The sound on the disc is excellent but it is woefully short at less than 37 minutes total playing time. It is this poor value that drops this release one star overall in my ranking.