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Klaus Schulze


Progressive Electronic

3.47 | 60 ratings

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3 stars Lisa Gerrard joining Klaus Schulze sounds like magic on paper. Would this be an incarnation of Dead Can Dance taking off into space?

After the demise of Dead Can Dance, Gerrard released two excellent solo albums (The Mirror Pool and Duality). Then she gradually shifted away from her melodic and song based approach. Her last two albums (Immortal Memory and Silver Tree) are of a more impenetrable and improvised nature. And so is the approach here.

The vocal improvisation style is impressive for a few minutes but I generally find it too long-winded. The moments when it evolves into something memorable are sparse. But also the music sounds rather plain and uninspired. Certainly not Schulze's best.

It takes more then an hour till I finally hear some chemistry at work. On Part V, the pieces seem to fall in place, but halfway through my attention tends to shift to other things. The slow development of the themes and melodies is too inadequate to keep my interest. However, part 6 is better and sustains a captivating mood for the entire lenght.

I regret to say it but for me, this 2 hour compilation of improvisations never rises much above decent background music. I had the opportunity to attend one of their live performances this year in Brussels (September 25th, 2009) and that was an entirely different experience that I will elaborate on in reviews of the live recordings Rheingold and Dziekuje Bardzo.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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