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5 stars Largely ignored and underappreciated gem inbetween the two juggernauts Tago Mago and Future Days. This album has a strong ethnic feel to it all the songs on this album are classics. It starts off with the jammy Pinch, a great 9 and a half minute piece, great drumming by Leizbect very facsinating the guitar is kind of off kilter with the drums which give this song an eccentric feel to it, eccentric singing by Suzucki which makes him sound like a madman, the keyboards appear at time 6 minutes or so into the song at unusual points creating some weird noise, this song in my opinion displays the wackyness of Can.

Sing Swan Song is a gentler ambient piece spacy and at the same time weird with its percussion,Suzucki sounds a lot like Thom Yorke at points, nice touches by Schmidt 's giving it fascinating keyboards and Karoli given it an ethnic feel with his guitars, a terrific track, while Czukay is working his bass in the background.

One More Night is another quite ambient piece by Can again excellent creative keyboards by Schmidt giving it a kind of comptemplative feel, Karoli follows Suzuki's voice while the others hold a funky rhythm.

Vitamin C is brilliant, a serious and dramatic sounnding song, with silly lyrics "...she's losing, she's losing her vitamin C." It's probably my favourite track although they are all winners on this album. It has classical themes on it courtesy of Schmidt's keyboard's with the 'machine ' (Liezbect) pounding away.

Soup, is a starts as a song and then kind of goes into a spacy jam, you might not like it at the first couple of listens (I didn't) but it really grows on you and is quite listenable, and again displays the bands eccentricitys. If Sing Swan Song influenced Radiohead, then I'm So Green must have influenced Blur and very listenable track, very groovy, this song as a favourite is a close second to Vitamin C.

Spoon was a successful surprise hit for Can in their native Germany, it was a soundtrack for a German TV show, it is brilliant with a calmer Suzucki singing with great team effort by the band. The song names on this album are quite silly, perhaps because meaning in lyrics to their songs was not important, fine team work with no egos to spoil it is the key to this (and their other albums) success. Essential masterpiece all the way, it may require quite a few listens to appreciate it, but this album is perfect flawless music by a group of very talented individuals.

Cheesecakemouse | 5/5 |


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