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Popol Vuh



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2 stars Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts is a compilation of tracks that were used in various film scores that Florian Fricke put together for Werner Herzog.

The first part of Brüder des Schattens is an alternate version of On The Way, the haunting opening music of the Nosferatu film. The addition of the oboe makes it more symphonic and less eerie. It's followed by a 15 minute acoustic improvisation "Söhne Des Lichts" which works nice as background music but that hasn't inspired me for dedicated listening.

The remainder of the album contains the vintage Popol Vuh 'rock' of Höre du Wagst and Die Umkehr, both sounding like they've been recorded during the Hohelied Salomos or Letzte Tage sessions. Der Schloss der Irrtums is a nice but rather static acoustic track, probably meant to create a hypnotizing effect but so far it missed me. The 2005 bonus track Sing for Songs Drive away the Wolves is a 90s re-recording of the original song from the 1977 Herz aus Glass score and sounds out of place in the acoustic atmosphere of the album.

All tracks from the original album feature on the 2004 reissue of Nosferatu (except for the Söhne Des Lichts part which you can get on other compilations). It makes this album entirely redundant but for dedicated fans. I'd give 3 stars for the music, but 2 stars when it comes to the necessity of having this title in your collection.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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