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La Düsseldorf



3.94 | 70 ratings

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4 stars This is a wonderful record, very much in the spirit of NEU! Klaus Dinger continues his fascination with gently pulsing, hypnotic rhythms that feel like a long drive in the country, even if the title track is concerned with the city. La Dusseldorf is more focused than NEU! in that on the latter band's albums we would get one gem like Fur Immer or Hallogallo and spend the rest of record wishing for more. Here, Dinger seems to have realized what his strengths are and honed in on them, giving us a mere four tracks (although the second song is really just an extension of the first) which are extremely satisfying.

Synthesizers are more prominent, largely due to Dinger's boredom with the drum kit and desire to focus his energies elsewhere. This fattens up the sound of the group, given the music a fullness and warmth that NEU! never had. It almost reminds me of Cluster, although not quite as syrupy. The highlight as far as I'm concerned is the album closer "Time." The lyrics begin with a defiant proclamation of the word "time" in various languages, and then proceeds into some lighthearted German punning (if you know even minimal German, as I do, you'll get the joke.) The music is the usual Motorik chugging, pleasant and hypnotic, reflecting the songs title in both its length and the trance like state it induces. Suffice it to say that La Dusseldorf have a much more positive view of the concept of time than Tangerine Dream did when they made "Zeit."

thellama73 | 4/5 |


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