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NEU!

Neu!

 

Krautrock

4.06 | 236 ratings

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tuxon
3 stars Neu! is one of those early days krautrock bands that started exploring more ambient and minimalistic music. I don't think they ever reached their full potential, but it's required listening for fans of the ambient krautrock genre.

The album starts with hypnotising space rock of "Hallogallo", which remind me of later works of Steve Hillage, with repetitive bass and drum paterns, creating a hypnotising back track for spacy guitar works, really awome, specially when played really loud.

The next special offer called "Sonderangebot" is a bit more estranging, with ethereal guitar works, but does get a tad boring as is isn't really heading anywhere. But when we reach "Weissensee" it picks up some speed again, adding some drums to accompagnie the slow spacy guitar development. good song.

"Im Glück" is yet another great song, taking minimalism to the border again. So little happening that the suspense is killing you, for you know something has to come of this almost silence. And "Negativland" is where it all lead. fabulous drum-bass rhythm again with the trance like guitar above below and around it. Great song and together with the first track my favourite of the album, probable becaus it's quite intens compared to the rest of the material. "Lieber Honig" is just a bit too much for me, harking back at the more exciting passages of Im Gluck, which weren't very abundant.

Neu! is an amazing band, exploring space, post rock and some novelty music in a nihilistic way. Great if you like the more ambient style of Krautrock. I can say Ilike it, but I'm aware that only few people will actually enjoy the entire album. Three stars will suffice, but explorers of Krautrock and Postrock should listen and try this minimalistic gem.

tuxon | 3/5 |

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