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2 stars I bet old Deuter D regrets choosing this as the front cover eh? He looks like one of the villains from 'Scooby Doo'. Either that or he's watching something very dodgy on his laptop. If only he'd got hold of Klaus Schulze's graphic designer he may have had a more successful career. As it is the guy went on to create over 30 albums... none of which are well remembered. All apart from this and the follow-up 'Aum'

The imaginative and thought provoking album title 'D' is an odd recording which has quite a few organ drones throughout. It's entirely instrumental with some distinctly Ash Ra Tempel similarities. There's also a fair amount of backward taping which always pleases my brain.

'Faust' like guitars are played on 'Babylon' giving a very Krautrock feel. Happily each track sounds relatively different from the last, even though there's the cheesy 'Krishna Eating Fish' track where the white guy gets hold of an Eastern instrument (Sitar) and waffles about aimlessly, strumming nothing in particular and endeavoring to break the shackles of a homeland he wants no part of. Bah! I hate that. Interestingly, he was born 10 days before the awful bombing of Dresden. And uncannily, like Edgar Froese who was born on the same day as the D-Day Landings on June 6th June '44.

There's too may other good German bands out there to bother with this if truth be told. It's too soft and flat to merit anything more than an average score. Perhaps the exception is 'Atlantis' which is far more experimental with its 'Moolah' and 'Zoviet France' reversed phasing. A full album of this and I'd have been more than happy.

Call me 'Shallow Hal' - but this loses a star due to the front cover. I mean, come on - would you hand this over on a first date to the woman of your dreams?

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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