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5 stars I've given this album a few years' time to percolate in my mind so I can give it a proper evaluation, and I'm finally ready to do my review of Future Days by Can - my favorite Can album.

This album marks both the beginning of Can's ambient/jazz period, but the ending of the lineup fronted by Damo Suzuki. That makes this a very important album. Not only is this album important, but it is incredibly good. There is no kraut-pointlessness on this album, and is definitely not as rough around the edges as Can's earlier releases. The sound on this album reminds me of a German take on the sound that Herbie Hancock used during the Mwandishi period, and it works very well. From the slightly exotic/tropical touches on the title track and the epic-length "Bel Air", to "Spray" which sounds like a soundtrack from the lost island of Atlantis, to the groovy island jazz of "Moonshake", this album is a winner throughout. Damo Suzuki's wonderful and quiet vocals are fantastic here, sounding much more like another instrument in the mix. Some of this music can really make you move your body, and "Moonshake" would be absolutely for a pool-side party. There are still plenty of psychedelic elements present in the music, but it all fits together much more nicely than any other example that I can think of.

Definitely a masterpiece in the krautrock genre, but I feel that I could honestly call this a fantastic jazz-rock album as well. If the harshness/weirdness of Can's earlier albums don't appeal to you much (I'm in this camp), then you should definitely check out this album and the following two albums. The two follow up albums, however, don't reach this level by a long shot.

colorofmoney91 | 5/5 |


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