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PHALLUS DEI

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

4.05 | 308 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars There are several ways or angles to consider this album.

The first one is to take it for what it is. The second one is to take it as a revolutionary album from the late sixties. You can also consider it as a disjointed psychedelic adventure (even if the great albums from the genre were released in 67/68). One can also be totally closed to this sort of music.

I would say that it is way better than most of their "Can" German counterpart (but this is a strict and personal opinion). At least some music is achieved (that's really how I feel) and the psychedelic mood (which I like quite a bunch) is quite decent, even if the comparison with the greatest bands of the genre doesn't speak in favour of AD II.

Some tracks from the first vinyl side are quite under par ("Luzifers Glhom", "Henriette Krotenschwanz"), but I won't be too much of a critic about this since one has to consider the album as a breakthrough in space rock really. At least I feel so while I listen to the highlight from this work which is the side long title track.

It is full of mystery, weirdness at times, disjointed moments for sure, wild beat at times, "organized" improvisation, crazy drumming and exploding guitar breaks. I was way too young to have discovered this album while it was released (I was only ten) but I would have endorsed it for sure with a few added years.

Anyway, I would say that this work can be rated with one or five stars; depending how you sit with my introduction. As far as I am concerned, three stars is the judgment. Side one is too weak overall.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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