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3.70 | 326 ratings

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3 stars Attahk is a very uneven album. I'm hitting this one track by track to clarify my thoughts before I give a grade.

The Last Seven Minutes (5/5): This is the track that sums up Zeuhl for me. If I were going to point to one track that shows what Zeuhl is all about, this would be it.

Spritual (1.5/5): Just as everything from opera to jazz has been given a unique Magma-sound twist, so Magma visits the gospel spritual form and gives their own spin of it. It doesn't work. Sure, all of the elements are there, but it just doesn't gel. This gets an extra .5 because it's possible to waste a good deal of time pleasurably trying to figure out WHY this track doesn't work.

Rindae (2/5): This one relies way too heavily on vocals and operatic theatricals. It's like a slow, drawn out aria without being entertaining or catchy. This would be a good track to skip.

Liriik Necronomicus Kanht (3/5): Good honest zeuhl, but nothing special here. Still returning to good honest zeuhl (which the rest of the album is) is a welcome contrast from the last two tracks.

Maahnt (3/5): Like the track before it, good honest zeuhl, but nothing special.

Dondai (4.5/5): A slower track with two vocal soloists singing over a very slowly building, almost hypnotic musical bass line. Ensemble vocals slowly emerge, the band builds things up very slowly and very tastefully, and this ends up as the other can't miss piece on the album.

Nono (4/5): A more energetic closer with some great drum work by Vander. Not a gem like Dondai or The Last Seven Minutes, but more interesting than, say, Maahnt.

Anyhow, this is a rather uneven work. There are some things on here that you just can't miss, but fair amount of material that you'd not miss at all. And a lot more of it is just hit or miss.

Three stars for Attahk. It's got it's moments and it's generally good, but there are lots of other things out there you might want to hear first.

ghost_of_morphy | 3/5 |


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