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3 stars For the second time in a row, Magma have enlightened us with a solid late-career album. Emehnteht-Re forms the end of a trilogy of which the bulk of the music was written around 1974. The magnificent Khntarksz is the most accomplished release in this series but also the 2004 released KA did not disappoint. I'm having some reservations about this E-Re though.

As a Magma veteran, I've actually had a hard time rating this album. I'm torn between mixed emotions such as being very pleased that this album exists at all, being very glad that it attracted many new listeners to Magma, being very satisfied that it turned out to be both so authentic and fresh and relevant; but also I find myself disappointed that it contains so little new music and that the performance doesn't match the intensity of old.

I originally wanted to list all the previously released bits and pieces that this album was compiled from, but plenty of others have gone that way already. Only the two 4 minute songs at the end (Part IV and Funhrarum Kanht) are really new material. The rest is rearranged and slightly extended old material. Luckily, the two new songs are a very intriguing and engaging listen.

It suffices to say that the performance of the old material is good, smartly re-arranged to flow as one continuous piece of music. But except from the opening Part I, I prefer all original recordings, and that is what makes E-Re into a 3 star album for me. Good, but I could have done without, and it has turned out to be the only Magma album where I am actually bored at certain sections, mainly during Part III.

As a dedicated Kobaian, I'm very happy to see that by maintaining their artistic integrity, this ancient band generated a renewed interest in their dense and intricate type of music. It's slightly more accessible then some older material so I can sure recommend this as a starting point for the Magma novice.

Good but not on the level of any of the works that Magma created and performed in that unseen bliss of creative energy back in 1973-1974.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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