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WOLF CITY

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

3.92 | 203 ratings

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Col.Nuke
4 stars Mainstream Krautrock?

On their fifth studio album, AMON DÜÜL II has chosen to adapt a more mainstream approach to their original & eccentric brand of German psychedelia. Do not let this factor mislead you; Wolf City is one of the best albums I've heard this year. It is incredibly infectious; once you listen to it once, you won't be able to stop, and the listening experience will only get better every time you spin this wonderful record.

A key theme that dominates this recording is a strong Far East influence; the sounds echoing from nations such as India & Nepal. "Surrounded By The Stars" begins with a standard, psychedelic/progressive rock feel, the vocals only contributing to the mystic nature of this track. Later on, the vocals gain a very high-pitched style, an obvious influence on the vocals of Geddy Lee in the Canadian prog rock group RUSH later on in the 1970's. The lyrics of the album are absolutely hilarious; my favorite being the track "Wolf City", which has the feel of a 70's psychedelic rock tune, infused with the typical experimentation of the Kosmische Musik movement. Another highlight is the composition "Deutsch Nepal", a short tune that prominently displays the group's love for experimentation and the avant-garde.

All in all, this album is a great listen. Don't be fooled by the relatively short song lengths; Wolf City is a progressive album worthy of the ears of a progressive listener.

For those new to Krautrock, this album, as well as Neu's 1972 self-titled debut album, are excellent starting points.

Col.Nuke | 4/5 |

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