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4.13 | 331 ratings

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4 stars Magma were bonkers weren't they? They always sounded so confident in what they did. Unfazed by critics and doing exactly what they wanted to do. Who else would have had the bottle to release a double LP as their first record? They even had the cheek to release a single from it too - 'Kobaïï' - which unsurprisingly sank without trace. This one's a bit wilder sounding than the more popular 'MDK' and 'Könterkösz' which are darker and more brooding in sound. 1001˚ is big, boisterous and in your face. The last track 'Ki Ïahl Ö Lïahk' has a great little catchy tune towards the end, and is basically the only part you can whistle to yourself after the album is finished. This album from 1971 and its predecessor are considerably 'jazzier' than what was to follow. Both are real growers after a couple of listens. 1001˚ certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea though. It's true what they say about Magma - there's no grey area - you either love 'em or hate 'em.
Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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