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3.71 | 19 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars.

It really pains me to give this fine album 3 star rating here, but I have to say that for the majority of people here it wouldn't be worth much in a collection. The album is far more on the experimental side. Sometimes it is fantastic, while many other moments just seem rather disappointing.

Dälek is an underground and very experimental rap group who cites Faust as an influence. I'm a huge underground rap fan, so naturally I was very excited to hear about this collaboration. I think that the lyrical value of underground rap mixed with the sounds of Krautrock pioneers Faust could very well end up being a worthwhile listen. And this album does live up to my expectations, to an extent.

The album has a strong industrial sound courtesy of Faust. Faust created these soundscapes, which were subsequently doctored by the rap group Dälek to fit the lyrics and to achieve the sound they wanted. These industrial sounds, along with thought provoking recurring lyrical themes from Dälek, dominate the album.

I'll start with the high points. The first one to mention would be the track T-Electronique. Taken originally from an older Faust recording, it was altered to perfectly fit Dälek's lyrics, which sound better on the album here than anywhere else. The industiral beats and sounds mixed with these dark and grade A rap lyrics create an atmosphere unlike anything else I've heard in the underground rap or prog rock communities. One of my all time favorite tracks.

The rest of the album doesn't function nearly as well. There are times when the industrial sounds are very interesting and a joy to. The tracks Imagine What We Started and Dead Lies are rap-free and still hold a great atmosphere. However in the tracks where there is rap, the sounds tend to be aimless and meandering, and most importantly does not fuse well with the rap. There are no beats to follow like in T-Electronique which can make the rap rather frustrating to follow. Aside from T-Electronique, the only track that comes close to working well is Collected Twilight. Bullets Need Violence, Hungry For Now, and Remnants make up a large part of the album; and don't offer anything more than that aforementioned frustration.

If the fusion of the two groups had been as good as it was in T-Electronique, this could have been an amazing record. But because it generally isn't, I feel the collaboration was a bit of a disappointment. We did get some good tracks out of it though (mostly thanks to Faust).

Recommended to any fans of avant-prog and underground rap, as the experimentation may be more to their liking than it is to mine. Though in most progressive music collections here it doesn't offer much.

Speesh | 3/5 |


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