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Agitation Free



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4 stars Last is Agitation Free's third album, recorded live in 1973 and 1974. It reveals a different and more experimental side to the band and with almost an entire album's worth of new material this is an essential Agitation Free purchase.

Soundpool opens with cosmic bleeps and synth noises before it brightens up with guitar picking and a beautiful solo. It ends rather abruptly, as if the recording tape ran out. Too bad as this one could definitily have been extended.

Laila II has little to do with its studio original. The 17 minute version here is a very strong improvisation with instrumental space rock along the lines of AF's previous albums, but where I always missed some bite in AF's studio output, the live version makes up with energy and passion.

Looping IV is an entirely different beast, it's a slowly droning sound collage that might disappoint the fans of AF's usual dreamy rock jams, but if you are initiated in Cosmic Kraut it's a very proficient piece in that style, very ambient, atmospheric, with some distand bass guitar loops and lots of effects, echoes, feedback and oscillators. Gradually clean guitars and hypnotizing strumming joins the loop. This is the kind of stuff that blows the 90s post-rock scene out of the park.

Last is a most satisfactory album, with the first two tracks it brings an improved take on their studio albums, with the last track the reveal a whole new dimension of their portential. Excellent Kraut/Psych album.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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