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UFO

Guru Guru

 

Krautrock

3.67 | 101 ratings

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The Wizard
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5 stars Pure lysergic insanity. Everything about this album is so chaotic and intense that it's like nothing else. Songs have no real structures, just loose jamming. There's almost not a melody to be found on the entire record. Screaming from the dummer behind is battered drum kit makes up the albums vocal element. This stuff makes The Grateful Dead look like AM country rock. Nothing here actually follows and rules relating to song structure. Hooks and choruses.....left far behind on planet earth. Most Hippies will be scared shitless by this music.

This may sound like I'm pointing out all the problems with Guru Guru's UFO but I'm really describing it's freaked out beauty. The five tracks that UFO consists of capture the chaos and madness of psychedelia in a way that is deadly to your nervous system like few other acid and krautrock albums I've heard. It's a lot like the work of Acid Mothers Temple, but more raw and shocking.

The drumming consist of few beats and patterns, just slamming around the kit like Kieth Moon trying to play free jazz. Bass lines float around, no figures or riffs are repeated. And the guitar...some of the most tortured feedback wailing and string abuse dared to be recorded. It's safe to say this album is one the heaviest things released in the 70's.

The title track some kind of free jam that supposed to sound like a flying saucer taking off and travelling the galaxy. Walls of feedback building and releasing along with some noises that would fit well on a Throbbing Gristle album make up the voyage. The majority of the track is just guitar noises, with some light drums later creeping in. This is like the kind of music Tangerine Dream would make if they had drugs and guitars instead of synths.

Basically get this album if you feel like getting your ears abused is the greatest way possible. It's a krautrock classic and some of the heaviest and most intense as well as psychedelic music ever.

The Wizard | 5/5 |

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