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TAGO MAGO

Can

 

Krautrock

3.92 | 428 ratings

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Philrod
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4 stars Wow...as I enter te mysterious Kraut Rock World, this is my entrance door. Can's Tago Mago is an album that took me a lot of adjustments. In order to appreciate this album entirely, you have to stop thinking about rock, stop thinking about melodies:we are far away removed from Yes or Genesis! This is different and took a whole lot of listens to truly undertsand its immensity and power.

The first song of the album is probably the easiest one to get into, as Paperhouse is a pretty melodic, beautiful piece. The drums is what caught my ears first, as it is the instruments that sets the flow of the song, more than the rythm. The guitar part is refreshing, and a little solo in the middle of the song is really touching in its simplicity. Then the song goes into harder territories, with the drums always leading, not letting its guard down one second. A great, great song.

Mushroom is pretty different, but works as well, maybe less than the first song, but once again, the drums are highly hypnotizing. This is a song I recommend listening to while laying down on your bed and let the rythm travel through you. The vocals are pretty weak on this song though, especially compared to the first song.

Oh yeah once again goes into different territory and takes you into its world for its 7:24 lenght. You get swallowed into this world only to come out wanting for more.

Then, the album greatest song, Helluhwah. The drums are at their highest point, the mood and rythm are perfect, a highly addictive song. But once again, you have to listen to it a couple of times to undertsand its true valor.

Augmn is probably the song I dislike the most from this album, as it has mostly no direction, and it seems like an acid trip.

Peking O, though better than Augmn, is once again not really my cup of tea, as I can't get into it.

Bring me Coffee or Tea, on the other hand, is a great closer to this album and a great ambient song.

Now, Can's Tago Mago may be a masterpiece or not, it is a must listen for sure. A strange, strange world that everybody should a tleat try. It is not for everybody, but as my first encounter with Kraut Rock, it was a pleasant adventure and I hope it will help you too get into this underground sub-genre wich is Kraut Rock. 4/5

Philrod | 4/5 |

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