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4 stars I came to this band late, having not heard of them until my foray into techno and dub in the 1990s. Groups such as THE ORB claimed CAN as a seminal inflence, so I had to find out why.

What a treat. This is not radio-friendly music; the emphasis here is on rhythm and experimentation. Just like any ambient techno album, this is best listened to - er - in a contemplative mood, allowing the rhythms and patterns to wash over you. In one sense there's nothing to 'get': music like this is best when you allow it to work on what you bring to the listening experience. It's unlikely that each track will resonate with you at each listen, but there's enough variety and repetition here to strike a (dis)chord with most listeners.

It's certainly not one of my favourite albums, and I seldom listen to it. But it, and the other CAN albums of this period, were important to the development of a number of music genres. It is one of those low rotation, high interest albums that make any music collection better. And 'Halleluwah' is a monster.

russellk | 4/5 |


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