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ATTAHK

Magma

 

Zeuhl

3.69 | 231 ratings

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Sinusoid
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4 stars Diet-Zeuhl.

The late 70's were dire straits for any prog groups still existing at the time. Magma decided to take a risk and infest their sound with huge R&B meals, a lifetime's recommendation of gospel and nice funk grooves along with a Zeuhl diet that promises fewer calories and more energy.

Newcomers to Magma might find this album a warm one to get into, the only real barrier being the Kobaian lyrics and possibly Christian Vander's falsetto shrieks. But the jazz, funk, pop, Zeuhl, etc. fusion will please some progsters as all instruments are well played, the music is still complex and the compositions sound carefully thought out. Among the album's best are the frantic opener of ''The Last Seven Minutes'' and the ballad-y ''Dondai'', one of the few inoffensive ballads I've found.

The only group of progsters that I think will get annoyed with this are those who are fans of Magma's earlier body of work. It can sound like a push for mainstreamity, but ATTAHK still has plenty of perks to keep the old fan around for a few listens (notably songs ''Rindae'' and ''Nono''). Heck, I'm a fan of the earlier Magma stuff, yet I believe ATTAHK is worth some value if you give it a chance.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |

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