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VIVA

La Düsseldorf

 

Krautrock

3.35 | 16 ratings

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philippe
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Content Development & Krautrock Team
3 stars After the excellent La Dusseldord's titled album , Klaus Dinger (Neu!) launched the "avant-garde" and disconcerted "Viva". As in the previous effort it represents a considerable advance in electronic / post rock music, notably with the inclusion of diverse sophisticated synth materials and due to the capture of several musical ideas (from electronic, minimalist, pre-punk, industrial and ambient). The problem is that the departure into protest songs is evident in a few compositions, notably in "Viva" and the long "Cha Cha"; repetitive & rhythmical bass lines with chorus whose lyrics seem to be against capitalism.a sudden anomalous reaction after their convincing debut album. This musical classification is a bit abused if we properly listen to the real musical potential of "Viva" but it can be badly perceived by those who are not familiar with Dinger's deliberately free musical universe. A few hypnotic repetitive drum parts and concrete manipulated noises show us that we are still in experimental rock music territories. In some aspects it's not fare from krautrock scene, notably from Kraftwerk & Can classic sound. A strange, unique album which successes to conciliate a wide variety of musical textures and motifs for confused, intricate compositions. A must for fans of Neu! 75 (side B) and Dusseldorf's underground rock scene.
philippe | 3/5 |

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