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Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

4.16 | 184 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This tenth album from the man was a quite adventurous affair, but unlike some other distinguished reviewers, I don't feel like being confronted to a masterpiece while listening to "X".

It sounds as if his cosmic texture has been quite turned into a dramatic upbeat affair, and the pieces held in here are less spacey and melodic than usual. It is clear that I prefer the spatial beauty of "Timewind" than the elements found here.

Not that I don't like a song as "Nietzche" but it is globally quite difficult to approach (just like the work of this German writer). Maybe that's the relation with his work: intricate and little harmonious. The vigorous percussions are also adding a layer which was mostly absent so far and which I can't really endorse.

One of my preferred track is the short and ambient "Trackl". More in-line with the usual great work from Klaus. Sorry if I may sound as a conservative here but my feeling are the same about the upbeat and repetitive "Frank H" which is the one I can't really stand here.

Fortunately, the superb and neat "Bach" reverts me into best known territories and I can't say anything more than I far much prefer these inter-sidereal soundscapes. Relaxing, melodic, subliminal, beautiful even the final part is quite abstruse.

"Ludwig II" starts very promisingly (if would like to consider my remarks from above), but after the first classical passage, it gets in too many directions, and some sort of cacophony prevails for several minutes.

My preferred song from this album is the beautiful closing "Heinrich Von Kleist". The violin play adds some East-European flavour and an extreme beautiful sadness (yes, it is compatible). This track is a wonderful journey to some far away abyss.

It is as beautiful as his best pieces: fully aerial, mysterious, ambitious, ethereal and easily accessible. It really saves the bill IMHHO. The last and complaining ten minutes are just another gorgeous moment of electronic music.

Klaus used me to release long albums and that was never a problem in terms of quality. With this work, I don't feel as receptive as usual and I would have preferred a much, much shorter format.

My review is based on the original work, but when I read Ricochet's reviews about the bonus material available in a newer release of this album, it doesn't really encourage me to grab it. As such three stars. It is my least fave album from Klaus so far in his discography. The most hermetic for sure.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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