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2 stars Chromophonie II starts off with Seffer going as far back to 'classic' Zeuhl style as I've heard for a while, with a suspenseful jarring piece, the only difference from Magma and others being the lack of drums. It doesn't really appeal to me but is far more Zeuhl like than the straight jazz of some of his other pieces.

Gyehenna-tuze is faster paced, but follows the same setup of saxophone and piano. It's as suspenseful and dramatic but the change of pace makes it a much more interesting track for me. Following the halfway point of the track the jamming saxophone fades away and we are treated to some brilliant piano work which is a highlight of the album.

Natsar II is a very short track, making use of chanting Zeuhl vocals over both piano and saxophone sections.

Mizwa Part 2 starts very calmly in contrast to Natsar II, but is played slightly off-key, still giving it that slightly suspenseful alien feel. Saxophone pieces from half way in complement the same airy piano playing, and overall for me this is probably the best track on the album.

Its more of the same in Galgal, a lengthy track which to be honest is too similar to the opening track to be of much interest to me, as is Daath at the end.

Definitely worth listening to Gyehenna-tuze and Mizwa Part 2, but other than that it does fizzle out a bit for me. Better than Chromophonie 1 though.

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