- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Elektra / Wea
- ASIN: B000002GXA
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,113 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Released during a period of tense Cold War saber rattling, Tangerine Dream's Exit (1981) shows that even a machine-driven electronic band can claim a social conscience. Its first track, "Kiev Mission" (which the label misspelled on the album), opens with explosions, sirenlike wails, and then, against a stark sonic backdrop, a whispered plea (a female voice speaking Russian) to end the threat of a "limited" nuclear war, a genuine and much-discussed danger at the time. Some of the album's atmospheric pieces are a touch dated and static (though the X-Files-like "Remote Viewing" merits a thumbs-up). Still, Exit contains two of the most intriguing short-form compositions the group ever released: the driving "Choronzon" and the pulsing, ever-evolving "Network 23," a truly arresting piece in its day, and one that still sounds good a few decades later. --Terry Wood
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It is hard to believe that (June 2009) this album is listed as not available -- Exit is a notable, strong album from the phase where TD developed a lot of sequencer-based songs - they would develop some string of notes to be played repetitively, often handling the rhythm in place of bass/drums would do in popular music. This style of setting up the rhythm section allowed mood to be incorporate with the rhythm - the type of sound chosen could vary, varying the mood, and the sound could be modified - flanged, compressed, and other effects done to the rhythm, allowing it to seem alive, moving, pulsing, and adding great dimension.
On top of that, TD would add some other music lines: also repetitive, or gentle washes of sound, or lead/solo type, etc. TD was always strong on this dimension back to their very early days as exploratory psychedelic rock band, with extended flute or guitar jams.
Exit might be TD's strongest sequencer-based album. Very memorable melodies, strong emotive moods created.
This phase of their career followed the more exploratory, free-form, trippy, meandering, improv-feel, lengthy-song phase, where Phaedra might be a stand-out example.
Some people preferred that early exploratory phase, and were upset as TD moved into this new phase, basically to never look back. Other people like this sequencer phase more.
Give each a try. Exit is a great example of the sequencer phase. Also, good examples are the soundtracks to Risky Business, and Firestarter, although Risky Business is only half TD songs - Risky Business has of course the classic "Old Time Rock and Roll," per the tidy whitey Tom Cruise scene, and also Jeff Beck, Prince, and others. But TD's "Love on a Real Train" itself, from Risky Business, is widely recognized as a stand-out TD song, maybe rising above its soundtrack status.
TD fans tend to enjoy the soundtrack-like quality of the albums generally, letting your mind follow its own movie, with soundtrack scored by these leaders of electronic music, whether the music was made specifically for a movie or not.