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BLACKDANCE

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

3.29 | 89 ratings

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stefro
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2 stars The first ten albums by pioneering electronic guru Klaus Schulze are all brilliant in their own way. Except, that is, 'Blackdance'. Released in 1974 and diverting only slightly from the now well-worn, slow-burning sonic pathway that Schulze furrowed throughout the 1970s, 'Blackdance' would be the first record by the German composer to feature vocals, though not in the classical sense. Instead, we get weird, dissonant groaning, strange drawn-out moans and some darkly-wrought electro-psych passages that, for whatever reason, lack Schulze's trademark 'sensual ambient tone' which usually envelopes his albums in a cosmic cloud of gently- pulsating and synthesized throbs and echoes. Unlike the carefully-crafted 'Irrlicht' or the calmly-unfurling hypnotic rhythms of 'Timewind', 'Blackdance' feels forced, for once the lengthy running time actually feeling like a dull eternity, a rare sensation indeed on a classic-era Schulze album. That said, it's a rare and uncharacteristic blip from a master of his art, and any other album up until the end of the decade is still well worth exploring, both for those you have yet to explore the dark mysticism of his wonderful records and for the electronic lovers out there in love with Tangerine Dream, Harmonia, Kraftwerk and the like. Simply put then, this is a (very) rare misfire.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

stefro | 2/5 |

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