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SCHWINGUNGEN

Ash Ra Tempel

 

Krautrock

3.74 | 115 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars To some extension, this second ART album is quite different from their debut one. More than anything, you'll have to "swallow" some indigestible "vocals" during "Darkness". Very painful indeed. Useless to be honest and dragging this effort to a lower rating than it would deserved if this part would have been skipped.

The great Klaus disappeared from the line-up (he did the same after the first TD album: it must be a disease)! As their first album was kind of dual, this one can be considered as such as well.

A first side which holds some quite weird atmospheres (and awful vocals as far as I'm concerned) as I have mentioned already but to be complete, let's say that the opening song "Light" is quite all right. Excellent psychedelic rock song which develops excellent hypnotic parts. Even vocals are appropriate!

Fortunately, the second leg of this album is of better texture. "Suche & Liebe" is a relaxing, spacey, and dreamy song. Some sort of early TD travel to be more precise. There are some percussion available though (around half time) and the closing section is a pure marvel of a melody. The finale reminds me a lot of the splendid closing part of ASOS. Gorgeous.

Now, when the conclusion comes I have to say that this work is quite difficult to rate. The best ("Suche & Liebe") and the worse ("Darkness") are sharing the bill. Three stars are legitimate but no more.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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