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FLOSSENENGEL

Novalis

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oliver1schmit
4 stars From a German point of view - one of the best German-speaking German bands of the 70s/80s. Romatic lyrics, own or based on classic German poetry. I was 16 then and I still love to hear them, that says all. This album: A very enthusiastic plead to preserve nature's beauty, in the form of a whale, a "fluked angel" (Flossenengel).

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Posted Sunday, February 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
Progbear
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4 stars Wow, someone must have put something under them! I must say after a brace of rather lackluster albums, this came as quite a surprise. Rahn's keyboard work is among his best ever, particularly his Hammond organ, which is quite edgy, cutting through the mix in a big way. Even Biereichel rises to the occasion, with some of his finest drumming ever. But then, he's given more to work with here than he has for a while, as on the spirited 3/4 time on "Walzer für einen verlorenen Traum".

I'm guessing that since the concept, the appreciation and conservation of nature, was a subject close to the band members' hearts as they truly rose to the occasion this time round. No Hardenberg interpretations this time round, but he's there in spirit.

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Send comments to Progbear (BETA) | Report this review (#42670)
Posted Saturday, August 13, 2005 | Review Permalink
ZowieZiggy
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2 stars It is of course impossible for me to review a ''Novalis'' album without thinking deeply about my friend Febus. He stopped his reviews from the band after their previous studio album. Because he thought that the best of one of his beloved bands was behind them. And he was of course right.

There are still some songs of value included here, like the very good opener which really flirts with the good moments of the band. My favourite track included here is the very much Floydian ''Im Netz''. If it would have been a fully instrumental, I would have been even more happy. The few sung parts are dramatically poor. But fortunately, there are very scarce. The mood seriously reminds me of DSOTM. Yes, it is that good!

The German lyrics and weird vocals are kind of ruining this feeling straight after: the title track is just a grotesque track with no savour. Same applies to the heavy-rock ''Sklavenzoo'' which features extremely poor German vocals.

Here and there, some track does shine like the short and symphonic instrumental ''Walzer.''. It seems that the band decided to head towards a heavier angle with this album. Some sort of AOR with ''Alle Wollen Leben''. Somewhat unexpected, to tell you the truth.press next of course.

In all, this album is not bad, but I can't be really enthusiast about it. Too many weak songs to make this record a good one. ''Rückkehr'' for instance holds some delicate passages (even vocals are passable), and the melody is quite enjoyable. If only some more songs of this calibre would have been featured...

You were right my friend. But so were you often. Two stars.

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Posted Friday, January 09, 2009 | Review Permalink
kenethlevine
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3 stars It is largely true that the most popular German prog bands of the 70s remained steadfast to their roots and vision right through the decade. One could argue cynically that they were popular with this style, so why change it, and, if punk and new wave were known to these groups, which they must have been, this did not represent an either/or situation. Prog bands could continue to ply their trade and share the spotlight with the upstarts. ELOY and NOVALIS demonstrated this, and the scene was accommodating enough to allow ANYONE's DAUGHTER to release their first album in 1979.

Notably, NOVALIS' entry at the end of the decade seems to have been a concept work about nature and its woes thanks to man, and how they could reconcile. The lovely cover of a cetacean tail beckons us within, and the album remits many delights. The contrasts between light and heavy are more pronounced than on the prior "Clown", and the group does not handle the rawer tunes as well. But "Im Netz" is a striking spacey ballad with a killer hook, and the title track is an enchanting ballad that could have crossed over to the charts. The best of the upbeat numbers is the instrumental "Walzer für einen verlorenen Traum", which shows that NOVALIS can still enrapture with mellifluous delights. If "Sklavenzoo", "Alle wollen leben", and "Ob Tier, ob Mensch, ob Baum" are shoddy rockers that show the group is losing touch with some of the intricacies of the last album, the melodically profound "Rückkehr " implies that their mellow touch is perhaps stronger than ever.

While "Flossenengel" is not as consistently enduring as "Clown", it closes the decade on a high note, with the group apparently healthier than many of its compatriots. Allow yourself to be touched by this "fluid angel".

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Posted Sunday, October 25, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars Now Novalis' sixth studio record has come in my hands(not phisically but...) and ears and craves to be listened to. Well thats not a problem. The cover is blue and shows a whale that is splashing a wave towards the city. It is a very happy and joyfull picture."Flossenengel" was released 1979 and the musicians were Hartwig Biereichel (drums, percussion), Detlef Job(guitar), Fred Mühlböck(vocals, guitar), Lutz Rahn (keyboards) and Heino Schünzel (bass).

Nothing has here been destroyed of Novalis' great symphonic sound, it is as good as on "Brandung" but this record is a little bit longer. I have just listened once but I allready like it very much. The record starts with "Atlanto", a melancholic and beautiful melody and this from the beginning makes us familiar with Novalis luxery sound. Then "Im brunnen der Erde" has a romantic text and gives the listener a powerful mood. In "Brennende freiheit" and "In netz" the music is much calmer and reminds me of the surf rock of the early 60s. "Flossenengel" is a harmonic piece with sweet singing and even falsetto. Great music! The remaining pieces are also worth listening. I would think Novalis' music is like a watershed. Some like it and others don't. I like it very much because of its grand expanses and pretentious organisations. They were doing some orgies on stage and that's what my ears want. This is a record that seems to be underrated as every Novalis record seems to be. I give this four stars because it is little hard to give a final judgement during the first listening. I recommend you to try Novalis' music. It is romantic, flamboyant and sweet.

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