Utimately, Heartbreakers is a bad soundtrack, although it has some decent tracks, and starts off very beautiful.
The best being the first track, with a little, incredible melody and a beautiful sequencer arrangement. The following track, Footbridge To Heaven, almost has the same carat, and could do without the fading.
Twilight Painter is an alternative interpretation of Tiergarten in all its banality, that including the warm and unsharpened sound of the electric piano.
These three tracks represents Tangerine Dream's perfect ability to combine blue-eyed naïvety with a more intellectual wistfulness. It's like weeping with dismay and laughing with relief at the same time.
But Heartbreakers isn't a good album. Subjectively, I sometimes get captured by some of beautiful parts, if I allow myself. And that's perhaps the biggest failure about Tangerine Dream fans perception of the band's music. Once bitten by the characteristic and profilic sound the band has, one seem to be unable to get beyond that very thing - the sound, that is!.
It shows how skilled composers they had turned out to be. The skill to programme sequences and putting melodies on top, wasn't much different from how Mozart and Bach systematically drew notes unto a piece of music paper.
The musical craft and personal stamp were unquestionable, but the routine was nothing but a pale imitation of former glories.
I can listen to all albums by Tangerine Dream and enjoy them, but that doesn't make all of them good.
The tracks from Gemini to Desire are mediocre, with the well-known Tangerine Dream sound, as the only attractive. Even Edgar's guitarwork lacks from the usual heartfelt fragility.
In fact I really do detest the two last tracks! Thorny Affair scores maximum points on a cheese-factor, with it's fake resemblance of a stiff slap-bass. Uintentionally funny, and sounds like a parody on the eighties. Daybreak, is beyond description - really, bloody awful.
Heartbreakers turned out to be the band's worst album, since Alpha Centauri, and the worst piece of commisionary work, to include Schmoelling. The sound is not enough, if you don't have the heart with you.