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BODY LOVE - VOL. 2

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

3.97 | 111 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars It's even better the second time

Despite the title and the sensual cover art, "Body Love 2" is not the soundtrack to a sequel to Lasse Braun's erotic movie. The three compositions were initially candidates to the "Body Love" score, but were finally not retained. However, as Island Records asked Schulze an accessible electronic record, in the vein of "Moondawn" and "Body Love", the German artist choose to release these tracks as an official studio album. By the way, when did Klaus sleep? This ninth opus was already its third one of 1977!

Completely different from the icy depressive soundscapes of his previous effort, "Mirage", the style is - as you expect - pretty much similar to the "Body Love" soundtrack. Supported by Harald Grosskopf's percussions, the music is more melodic, spacey and futuristic.

Longest track of the disc, "Nowhere / Now Here" starts with an ambient and cosmic overture. Slowly evolving with progressively appearing drums, this first half is just mesmerizing, possessing a little floydian feel. The pace suddenly accelerates for the second half, mystical whirlwinding keyboards weave a mysterious web over a quite robotic sequence. The strange ending section is simply stellar! Space-time is distorted, get ready to travel through a sonic wormhole. From nowhere to now here, that's what it is. All makes sense. A brilliant tour de force!

"Stardancer II" is just a (very slightly) rearranged version of the original "Stardancer" from the first opus, maybe a bit more futuristic. The record concludes with "Moogetique", which surprisingly takes us back to Schulze's early years. Contrasting with the other compositions, this track resembles Klaus' drone experiments from "Cyborg" or even "Irrlicht", with added eerie sound effects. A hazy introduction deploys a claustrophobic and gloomy atmosphere. You're wandering into a cold world of sadness and darkness. Enjoyable, but probably my least favorite.

Let's go straight to the point: if you liked "Body Love", you'll enjoy Volume 2. Furthermore, I find this album is more consistent and less monotonous than the movie score. Again, this is neither sensual nor romantic music, but rather a soundtrack to fly between the stars at any speed you want aboard your spaceship.

Although one of Klaus Schulze's lesser-known release, "Body Love 2" is one of his best offerings from the seventies. Don't miss it!

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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