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TANZ DER LEMMINGE (DANCE OF THE LEMMINGS)

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

4.06 | 229 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars At first, I thought that the "Dance Of The Lemmings" had reached the highest point in Krautrock. At first this album could be considered a masterpiece, because of some peculiar moments and interesting melodies, not to forget great arrangements. But after a few listens, it isn't as well constructed as it initially appeared, or at least this is my impression. In many moments it can easily be catchy and quite interesting while in other moments it can easily bore.

The style sounds just like typical Krautrock: an original sense of melody, a little childish and weird, some spacey moments, hypnotic and entrancing, as well as some hard rock/ garage rock explosions, and some avant garde and jazz touches.

"Syntelman's March..." is the opener, a fifteen minute track that has many of the characteristics mentioned earlier, even though it bores most of the time. "Restless Skylight" is the nineteen minute epic masterpiece, where we can admire the talent of the band, which with this song reaches his highest peak. Gorgeous in some moments, spacey in others, great melodies in other, free jazz and bizzarness mixed together most of the time. The rest is forgettable, especially the 18 minute The Marilyn Monroe..., very flat and repetitive, which tries to repeat Can's "aumg" in some points, while in others Faust and Neu!.

To sum up, a good album, not really essential though. This is my first AD II album, and I'm really looking forward to listen to "Phallus Dei", which I think I'll like more. Let's hope So!

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |

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