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Sean Trane
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3 stars Faust's second album is probably the best possible entry point to Faust's incredibly bizarre sonic world, So Far being the most accessible for uninitiated outsiders. Among all of the Krautrock movement that include so very bizarre group (like Kraftwerk, K/Cluster, Can), Faust was probably tops in the

Starting on the lengthy and binary Rainy Day (one of their longuest-lasting song in their live repertoire), this very minimalist piece gets most people to wonder WTF, but further down once the sax comes in, the "song" takes a more normal turn since there is a semblance of a melody. A shorter acoustic guitar piece Abamäe makes a welcome interlude to another lengthy repetitive track, JH Peron's No Harm. While repetitive and minimalist, the song is much more interesting than Rainy Day, while the highlight of the album, the title track has the same repetitive quality, but here it becomes hypnotic with great horn sounds and some space whispers.

Mama is blue is weirder tracks were the music become more concrete and comes with unbelievable noises that came to make music. The following I Got My Car & TV is a stooped spoof track at first but turns out to be their most virtuosity-minded track. Two short spoof tracks like Picnic, Space and Spirit are just more insanity bordering some ragtime jazz (the piano mostly) crossed with swing jazz (trumpet ala Louis Armstrong).

Best used as an introduction of Faust, this album iwill be only a warning to Faust's weird world, but it will not prepare you for some of the shocks the other albums will give you. In the meantime, So Far remains the only Faust album I return to every second year or so.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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