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Marty McFly
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1 stars Complex, soundscaping-like, slowly flowing noise. Intelligent man's noise, but noise nevertheless. Well, I suppose that if you are fan of Faust and all "over the edge in a weird way" Prog, you will like it, but I don't count myself as one. It's actually quite good stuff for drug inducted states of mind (well, I can only suppose this scenario, as I never tried them, but it simply sounds like the right music for such occasions). Psychedelic, the hardcore kind of it. But I simply have problems enjoying most parts of it. Don't get me wrong, there is some good "stuff" in this double package, but it's burried under much other sounds of very little interest.

almost for fans only + a little bit more. Of course, fan of such genre would rate higher, but that's to be expected.

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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Wow! I almost forgot such kind of music could be played not from archive releases! Faust released 2 CD long album,full of fresh and energetic krautrock, deeply rooted in early 70-s, but with refreshed sound.

Mostly instrumental album (still contains some vocals compositions) is noisy,ambient, repetitive in moments,psychedelic - but first of all its sound very fresh and never boring (what isn't easy for such long release with big amount of instrumental music)! First CD is a home for shorter almost instrumental only compositions with quite relaxed psychedelic improv sound, the second - longer and much noisier improvs with few different vocals, by its atmosphere (and sometimes even directly) similar to some early freaky Cpt.Beafheart's works.Strongest impression reminded after album's listening - I can hardly remember another release so filled with distorted instruments sounds! Yes, it's krautrock, and I didn't expected clear sounds, but level of distortion is over all my expectations! And it works - for sure it strongly depends on personal taste, but for me this music was a fresh air breath on nowadays experimental scene.It's great both 2 CDa are quite different between each other, but are important parts of the album - without any of them album wouldn't be the same for sure!

Free jazz sax, ambient sounds, electric guitars soloing, vibrating bass, jazzy and tribal drumming, noisy and very psychedelic atmosphere - this album isn't just collection of songs, it's a great piece of art in whole! By its scale this release reminded me the time when Pink Floyd's albums were each such piece of art.

After some listening this album growth in me, and I believe I will need to listen it more and more. One of greatest surprise of 2010!

My rating is 4,5,rounded to 5!Very recommended!

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Posted Monday, January 10, 2011 | Review Permalink
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3 stars First of all I need to point out I'm not a member of the Faust fanclub. In fact, Faust is nearly the only renowned Krautrock act that I have yet to fall for. Specialists point to live and radio registration instead of the regular 70's album. Maybe that might be an option for me.

As to this 2010 release, it's quite a different beast from the Faust I remember from the 70's. This work sounds a lot darker, noisier and a whole lot less goofy. The instrumental tracks are in the majority and they form a cohesive cosmic experience, varying between abrasive noise-rock, cranky dub and industrial pieces and chillingly bleak guitar and sample experimentation. There are also a couple of vocals but they don't add much and can even be distracting. They certainly made this a much too long album.

From the 90 minutes presented here you could easily compile an excellent 45 minutes of experimental and intriguing music, bordering on noise but with enough musicality to please fans of the early 70's free-jazz based cosmic Krautrock psychedelia (quite a mouthful there... just think Cosmic Jokers). But as a total album experience it misses its mark and the second disc rather disappoints. 3.5 stars, 3 sounds unfairly low given the wealth of material here.

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Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Review Permalink

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