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5 stars This is a very fine example of Kruat space prog /acid rock and is so far ahead of the competition it has become something of an Icon. Where as bands like Faust pretend and are therefore pretentious NEU is the real deal. This Band understands the music it is attempting to produce. Although the instrument and many of the themes could be described as minimalist the music is never boring or sounds like it is contrived. This is what Hawkwind could have been if they had stayed simple. Of course its acid music with an upfrontness that may have made listening to it tripped very uncomfortable. This record is proto-Industrial and I suspect that many of the Throbbing Gristle types would lap this up. Fact is though it works even for me a symphonic and eclectic progger. We should be careful about naming this Kruat rock this is not the efficient arrangement of melodic pop that Birth Control aspired to or the dreaming landscapes and musical lack luster of Tangerine Dream. It is a little in keeping and style with Amon-deull 2 but it remains far better far less fussy and far more immediate than all but the very finest of bands and of moments. It is of course something of a fluke, it was a product of a time and place that produced bands as interesting as this and as boring as Faust live. It is I suppose most like Faust but it is far better than that bands contemporary efforts, if faust got better it is I imagine because of competition like this. It is of course a classic and you must own this recording. Later efforts are worthy but not as worthy as this so this remains the jewel in Neu small but compelling output.
burgersoft777 | 5/5 |


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