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3.75 | 368 ratings

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4 stars Another great Magma record to be enjoyed. The distict Magma sound is present throughout this album, but some changes have occured, most notably Christian Vander losened his grip on the writing of the songs, so Jannik Top wrote a large part of the album, and also Bernhard Pagganoti is credited for the writing of Weidorje.

On Üdü Wüdü the Kobaïan singing is largely replaced by what appears to be Gregorian type chanting (probably in the Kobaïan language anyway), and the singing is less dominant than on previous records. On this album the bass guitar is very prominent and very much in front of the music, like an ongoing bass solo. The rhythms are a bit less complex than on MKD, or Kobaïa, and it's very easy to get into the grooves.

The first five songs of the album are very short for Magma's standards, very Jazzy/Funky, with a solid piano-drum-bass foundation, nice songs and very cheerfull at times, but not really up to par with earlier albums, mostly because it lacks some of the intensity that was a big part of Magma's sound, it's all a bit more melodic, but it still works great.

The last song, De Futura is a side-long epic, with strong intense bass grooves, strong rhythms and lots of sound effects occuring, some keyboards/synth effects and soft background chanting. great song.

On this album Magma created a bit less complex music, with more space-progressive influences, it's not as good a s Kobaïa or MDK, but still fabulous moments to be enjoyed. Four stars, recommended, but try Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (MDK) or Kobaïa first.

tuxon | 4/5 |


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