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Amon Düül II



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Anthony H.
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2 stars Amon Duul II: Hijack [1974]

Rating: 3/10

Hijack is the album that made me lose all hope in Amon Duul II; after this, I was no longer interested in exploring any more of the band's discography. This once-seminal krautrock group began exploring a more commercial sound on 1972's Carnival in Babylon, and things soon went south. Vive La Trance showed the band losing all remaining experimental credibility. On Hijack, they dig themselves even deeper. This is a tired and dull collection of short rock songs with absolutely no feeling or heart whatsoever. Almost all psychedelic influences have been eliminated in exchange for blues, R&B, and hard-rock. The end result is a horribly unenthusiastic record that just barely manages to avoid a full-on one-star rating.

"I Can't Wait, Part 1+ 2" is an R&B-style rock song with a generic bass-line and uninteresting vocals. "Mirror" sounds kind of like late-era Captain Beefheart, expect not nearly as good. "Traveller" features some horrible female vocals. The flute solo at the end is one of the few good moments on the album, however. "You're Not Alone" exhibits slow-paced drawn-out blues rock that leaves me with absolutely nothing. The pace picks up on "Explode Like a Star", but things remain totally uninteresting. "Da Guadeloop" is a disco song. That's right: a disco song. Fortunately, a solid guitar solo prevents this from being a complete disaster. "Lonely Woman" is a funky Latin-influenced track. Yet again, the musicianship is uninspired and the composition is weak. "Liquid Whisper" is an irritatingly lighthearted folk song. "Archy the Robot" closes the album. This feels like a novelty song, but it doesn't even work in that respect.

This album is an embarrassing low point, especially for the band that was responsible revolutionary albums like Yeti. There is absolutely nothing progressive, experimental, or creative about Hijack. The songs are generic and painfully boring. However, there are two reasons why I'm avoiding a one-star rating. First, none of these songs are bad; they are simply mediocre. Second, there are occasional enjoyable moments, such as the flute in "Traveller" and the guitar solo in "Da Guadeloop." Regardless, this is an album to avoid. I would stipulate that hardcore Amon Duul II fans are the only ones who need apply, but even they may not appreciate the unfortunate direction that the band had taken at this point.

Anthony H. | 2/5 |


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