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ATTAHK

Magma

 

Zeuhl

3.70 | 257 ratings

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Shakespeare
4 stars Attahk continues in a furious marriage of jazz and Zeuhl that began with ▄dŘ WŘdŘ two years prior. The famed Mr. Top has left, and is replaced by Guy Delacroix who is not without skill and the Zeuhl-touch. Vander's fearsome drumming is more prominent than ever. In fact, Vander is more prominent than ever. Attahk is where he becomes a bit of a musical dictator, and even steals the lead vocal role from fellow Koba´an singer Klaus Blasquiz. The conceptual aspect is, again, extremely unclear, but I've had suspicions it may have something to with the People of ORK - whoever they are - namely two sirs called Ourgon and Gorgo and their attack on Koba´a.

Attahk ranges from the irate dances to the serene Koba´an gospels. It introduces synthesizers and moogs to Magma's sound, and re-introduces horns, which hadn't appeared on a studio album since '73's triumph MŰkan´k Destrukt´w Kommand÷h. Together with more instantly tangible compositions, and a new and very potent bassist, Attahk is one of the most accessible studio releases in Magma's discography, and certainly the funkiest by a very wide margin. The choir is at its most seductive and sharp, and Vander's squealing vocals are a fine fit.

Though still avant-garde and complex, Attahk is much jazzier, and much more conventional. The compositions are in a really different style than earlier albums. For a jazz fan, this may make the most fitting starting place. For a fan of the earlier, grandiose, neo-classical style of Zeuhl, this will be a bit of a let-down, but after a while, you'll warm up to it. It's essential for a Magma fan, but definitely not a masterpiece.

Shakespeare | 4/5 |

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