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NEU! 2

Neu!

 

Krautrock

2.96 | 89 ratings

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Cheesecakemouse
3 stars A three star album not because of lack of talent or creativity but because of lack of money.As someone else said in another review Rother and Dinger ran out of cash and so could not finish recording this album and so most of side two are just the same tracks sped up and slown down, to fill up the album I don't blame them for this what else could they do?If you ignore those tracks you still get a solid effort from this duo a telented krautrockers. Fur Immer, has some great rocking drums with some fine layered guitar some are backtracked to add a pleasing ambience, with some interesting sound effects, again as I have mentioned on my previous Neu! review, this is krautrock not symphonic so it does sound a bit dull if you are unfamiliar , and so you must treat it and rate it according to krautrock expectations not symphonic, for there are some truly fantastic textures on these tracks. The guitar is the highlight for me on Fur Immer, its at times very interesting,at time s itmakes you feel as is your thoughts and feelings are floating away, it has those great trancelike qualities that is in most Krautrock.

Spitzenqualitat, starts off with promise with some interesting guitar noises and echoeing drums, the drums sound very fresh and raw sounding the same feeling that happen with the advent with punk, but the strange guitar textures and noises make the unmistakibly a prog track, (you may think yo're suffering from tenitis). The drum and the guitar then slows down, and the song kind of fades into windy sounds which start track three; Gedenkminute, isn't really anything spectatuclar, just some church bells and a brief statement in german. These two tracks don't hold much on their own and can be considered fillers, they do make side one a little less interesting.

Lila Engel is a fantastic track and my personal favourite, the singing ir groaning/humming is very different and interesting wit ha great rocking feel, I like this track because it is very unique, great sort of warped feeling with those rocking guitars, it is the most memorable track on the album, it gets even heavier and louder it kind of reminds me of the ending partWaiting Room on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. A great building up piece. I don't need to get into much detail with much of side two since it largely constitues sped up,slown down and backward tracks, which lets the whole album down, and makes it a three stars, you may be amused slightly, but nothing more than a passing novelty at most that gets old quickly. Neuschnee is a nice ambient pice again great guitar that adds a nice feel to it a typical Neu! affair, pleasant ambience atmospheric stuff, with what sounds like trumpet at the end.

Super is another winner a great rocking track like Lila Engel, as always Dinger and Rother are an interesting collaboration, with this ambient proto punk thing they have going. Super is interesting has unusual vocals and like Lila Engel ahead of its time. Its hard to judge how this album would have sounded if Rother and Dinger could complete it, nevertheless the stronger tracks are very avantgarde, but I cannot recommend this to everyone, I suggest getting either Neu! or Neu75 and then getting this album, it does have moments of excellence but largely let down by side 2, so for me its non essential and therefore gets a three, because the remaining tracks do show the potential of Neu! and about 50% of this album is quite enjoyable.

Cheesecakemouse | 3/5 |

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