samedi 26 janvier 2013

TANGERINE DREAM: Heartbreakers (1985)

“Heartbreaker is a disappointing soundtrack on all the line”

1 Heartbreakers 2:30
2 Footbridge to Heaven 3:00
3 Twilight Painter 4:12
4 Gemini 3:28
5 Rain in N.Y. City 3:23
6 Pastime 3:00
7 The Looser 3:17
8 Breathing the Night Away 2:25
9 Desire 5:38
10 Thorny Affair 3:10
11 Daybreak
4:07

Silva America | SSD 1039 (CD 38:10) * (Soft synth rock)

Always much in demand among the movie makers industry, the members of Tangerine Dream multiplies the soundtracks at a furious pace. The source of motivation for Froese, Franke and Schmoelling is the acquisition of last electronic equipments technologies and building studios that will answer the creativity of the Berlin trio. Except that quietly certain members of the band start to be out of breath, of whom Johannes Schmoelling. And due to the fact that composing music like being an automatic human distributor of music, some of the albums offered may sound not as good as others from time to time. And “Heartbreaker” is one of them! And behind it, we feel that TD becomes Americanized and seems more and more denying its artistic origins by producing an album of a weakness which leaves a bitter sound in the ears of fans.
And straight from the first chords of the title-track we sense the sound of light synth pop that tries to take the German trio. Don't expect something great, because “Heartbreaker” is a painful album! We are entitled to a Dream quite petite. A kind of Dream which lays the tracks with a pinky Bubble Gum aroma for spotty and dreamy teenagers. Ballads like "Footbridge to Heaven", "Rain in N.Y. City" and "Daybreak" are flooded in rhythms without colours and nor identities as well as banal and dull synths. It's a kind of soft synth rock with a zest of New Age which seems to draw the next musical directions of the Dream. "Twilight Painter" seems to be taken out of Le Parc sessions so much the keys are similar to those on Tiergarden. Frisky, "Gemini" and "Pastime" have a more rock approach with simple-minded rhythms and a so/so guitar play. "The Looser" is ok with a beautiful sequence which draws a good slow rhythm tortured by Edgar's guitar who seems quite at ease on it. Without being greatly melodious, "Breathing the Night Away" lulls us on Schmoelling very charming piano. "Desire" is my favorite track. It's a good piece of music with a very melancholic pattern which surprises us by its sweetness and its beautiful synths mixed by breaths of gloomy flutes. Some good but still timid TD! "Next Generation" and "Thorny Affair"? Incapable of feeling it! Empty and insipid on big mindless riffs.
Heartbreaker” is disappointing on all the line. A work that should never have been born and which depicts an obvious creative malaise inside the band. You might like it if easy musical structure is your thing but there are more much better soundtracks from Froese & Co. It was once a piece of collection, but the rerelease by Silva Screen in 1995 made it more affordable since. But the European Virgin edition is still a sought after, showing that Tangerine Dream will always be bigger than its myth.

Sylvain Lupari (October 29th, 2006 and translated on January 22nd, 2013)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream:http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=8975

2 commentaires:

  1. completely disagree - but thanks for the review

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  2. Well, I've been reading myself and it's pretty rare that I write something so bad and negative about an album. But still I can't seize this soundtrack from TD and I just want to be frank with those who would like to be fairly introduced into the magical universes of Tangerine Dream. And to me, Heartbreakers is not the ideal way :(

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