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Cluster

 

Krautrock

3.92 | 56 ratings

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Dobermensch
4 stars Dare I say it, I always found Cluster a bit on the dull side, much preferring Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream from the same period. Cluster were always just too minimal for me.

This however is one of their better releases. A creepy sounding album that has traces from (in my opinion) the superior Kluster when Conrad Schnitzler was on board strutting his dark foreboding technology.

The inappropriate album artwork doesn't get things off to the best of starts. It sounds nothing like it looks. Repetitive drones and extended electronic whines are the order of the day, all built on top of one another to create a spooky sound that would not appear on any of their subsequent recordings from the Seventies. 'Live in der Fabrik' is the lengthiest and best track taking what's best of these drones and whines and creating a very ghostly atmosphere. 'Georgel' continues in this vein and reminds me a lot of Coil's 'Time Machine's' from the late 90's. Quite experimental and a lot easier on the ear than Kluster ever were. Real haunted house stuff where ghosts appear through solid walls to terrify you in the middle of the night.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |

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