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Space Explosion



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3 stars Spacy yes, but explosive? Let's see ...

Now this is a product of a german krautrock supergroup formed by members of FAUST, AMON DÜÜL 2, CLUSTER, GURU GURU and DIE KRUPPS. The songs have been recorded at the Atom H Studios in Düsseldorf and are offered in 3 different versions in the meanwhile. What I'm writing about is the Captain Trip Edition from 1998 with one bonus track. Take a seat first and try to be relaxed. This is a very special album with some Miles Davis reminscences among other things.

Starting with Dino's Dream you might be confused a little bit for the first time. What you hear are stomping percussions with skrew violin contributions by Chris Karrer and a lot of spooky synth effects. Don't try to block and please give the song time to evolve - he will catch you after a while. Probably the perfect tune for a SciFi movie sequence about a space crew which is exploring an alien planet. Apparently meandering aimlessly but with a deliberated structure anyhow. Every time I hear this song it sounds different and there are some new elements to be explored. Definetely the highlight of this production.

Now you can imagine - this is something way-out - not rock as usual. But my impressions are ambivalent though. For example I can't chum up with Krakatau which is spacy in parts but near to Free Jazz in the whole with a lot of sax attendance. The title song contains some spoken words in french and the bonus track Alpha Express is even grooving and shows another facet of the project.

A controversial one - avantgarde industrial krautrock - very unusual and interesting in its entirety. Brilliant work but outstretched to nearly 60 minutes it's a little bit too much for me - 3.5 stars.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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