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3.30 | 59 ratings | 10 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Irgendwo, Irgendwahn (4:35)
2. Wenn nicht mehr zahlen und figuren (3:03)
3. Astralis (8:50)
4. Sonnenwende: (16:56)
a) Brandung (3:42)
b) Feuer bricht in die Zeit (3:56)
c) Sonnenfinsternis (3:30)
d) Dämmerung (5:48)

Total Time: 33:24

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Line-up / Musicians

- Hartwig Biereichel / drums, percussion
- Detlef Job / guitars, vocals
- Fred Mühlböck / vocals, acoustic guitar, flute
- Lutz Rahn / Hammond organ, clavinet, PPG-synth, Mellotron, acoustic & electric pianos, strings
- Heino Schünzel / bass, vocals

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Cd. Repertoire PMS 7069-WP (1997)

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NOVALIS Brandung ratings distribution


3.30
(59 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
15%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
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Good, but non-essential (31%)
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Collectors/fans only (17%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars 2,5 stars at most!!!

I was not very kind with Sommerabend (their previous album) in my review , but I did stay humorous. With this album , Novalis continues/confirms the direction it took with Sommerabend and stretches it a bit more. Best proof is the side-long epic Sonnenwende meant to be the second part of of epic Sommerabend . Personally , I think they might have gone back to the first albums and done so much better music.

Some people into symphonic rock might love this album , but to me this sounds like run-of- the-mill average radiophonic rock of the era (I think they had a hit with the opening track) and the pastoral flavour of the first two album (and still present in Sommerabend) is totally absent. The side-long suite Sonnenwende slides by me , only boring me as my mind drifted after the first movement that gave its name to the album, even though the ambitious lyrics have a high quality using poem by Friedrich "Novalis " von Hardenberg. However, I had had enough of Novalis at the time.

Only does the second track hold a bit of interest being the folkiest tune on the album. Need I remeber you that Novalis started as a sort-folk-rock and Banished Bridges is still their best abum to date?

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Posted Monday, July 04, 2005

Review by Progbear
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3 stars Add a little, subtract a little and you're left with another decent but not outstanding album. Fred Mühlböck's studio debut was helped by Lutz Rahn's strongest keyboard work since their fabulous second album. On the minus side, Hartwig Biereichel's drumming, never the most colourful anyways, had totally ossified into a total foursquare, predictable format. Indeed, lots of German bands at the time seemed to be freezing up into this spare-yet-stiff drumming style. A friend of mine suggested that they were adversely affected by Nick Mason's drumming on WISH YOU WERE HERE.

...but I digress...

Musically, it starts off in a rather "sing-songy" mode with "Irgendwo, Irgendwann", which was nonetheless a big success for them. The folky "Wenn nicht mehr Zahlen und Figuren", another text based on Hardenberg, is a vast improvement. The lengthy "Astralis", adapted from Hardenberg's epic poem on the beauty of nature, should have been a highlight, but it's rather scarred by Biereichel's stiff drumming and a rather repetitious compositional style.

Much better is the four-part "Sonnenwende" suite that takes up the entirety of the B-side. I'm one of the few that prefers this suite over "Sommerabend", not merely because of the superior production (Achim Reichel had learned a thing or two since his first outing in Rüssl-Studios) but also because the varied moods seem more sympathetic. Rahn's richer keyboard palette and Mühlböck's powerful singing voice certainly don't hurt, either.

So, really a bit of a two-sided coin. The A-side's a bit of a wash, frankly, but the B-side's about as good as this lineup ever got. You decide.

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Posted Saturday, August 13, 2005

Review by febus
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars SOME CRACKS APPEAR; BUT STILL A GREAT ALBUM!

NOVALIS will once again modify its line-up by adding a new singer, the Austrian FRED MUHLBOCK! Why, i don't know as ,for me, DETLEF JOB was doing a great job singing on SOOMERABEND. Not that MUHLBOCK is a bad singer, but i don't think he is an improvement over JOB at all. Detlef JOB sang with emotion and power, not the case with the new one. Also MUHLBOCK not only sing, but also write songs which are not exactly in the style from the earlier albums. So with parts of BRANDUNG being more mainstream rock than the magical odysseys we had with s/t NOVALIS and SOMMERABEND, we know it was the end of an era for NOVALIS.

Don't forget we are also in 1977, the year Prog music got stabbed and bands had to adapt to the changing times. And for NOVALIS, it was no different. The album starts with a ...sing along song that even became a hit in their native Germany''IRGENDWO, IRGENDWANN'' with of course a cheesy chorus, 6 years old kids would like!!! Not that it's entirely bad, as some old typical NOVALIS musical arrangements can still be heard throughout the song, but we are far away from WENN SCHMETTERLINGE LACHEN HORT, believe me!

The next 2 songs from the -then-side one are the 2 MUHLBOCK tunes, WENN NICHT MEHR ZAHLEN is a acoustic folk-kind song, not bad, not great ,ASTRALIS the other one is more in the classic NOVALIS vein, but the lush pastoral arrangements from the past have been simplified , i guess to sound more adapted to the times. Once again, it is a good song, but the magical side of NOVALIS is gone.

If you have read my reviews from the last 2 NOVALIS albums, you know that i think they are 2 of the very best prog symphonic albums i ever heard and will cherish all my life.A magical trip to a wonderful world that only a few albums are capable of, especially the self-titled NOVALIS which is a 6 stars in my book.

Thanks god, the magic is back with the suite SONNENWENDE which took all the second of the LP. Finally. we are back with a GRANDIOSE rock symphony, there are no other words to describe it; If you are looking for great symphonic prog, you have to listen to SONNEWENDE. Every time , i am listening to it, this is guaranteed goosebumps for me , especially during the build up at the end and even MUHLBOCK sounds very passionate and carries the tune to heights,only a few bands can reach. This is not as complex as the suites from the first 3 albums (hey; this is 1977) but, damn, this is beautiful.

Also the cover is one of the most beautiful cover, i have seen, perfect for the magnificent symphonic rock NOVALIS is playing. Sadly, it would be the last great album they will record; Things will never be the same afterwards.

A solid 4 stars for BRANDUNG

4 STARS

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Posted Saturday, August 04, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The popish and upbeat ''Irgendwo, Irgendwann'' might well have been a hit in Germany, it holds lots of elements that condemn this song to my ears. Synthetic sound associated with German lyrics. A very flat mayonnaise.

The band released already two albums with German lyrics, but they managed to play long instrumental passages which kind of saved the trip. On this ''Brandung'' work, the percentage is switching dramatically, and it affects my global impression. I can't help.

Things are improving during the long instrumental part of ''Astralis'' in which I can still find the band who released three very good albums before this one.

The epic of the album is divided into four short sections. Even if the opening is fully instrumental, it lacks of their past grandeur. Some fine guitar work at the end of the second movement can also be pinpointed but these are really details to find some positive aspects in here. The first moment of relief comes with the fine and melodic keyboards oriented '' Sonnenfinsternis''.

The best moment from this work is the closing ''Dämmerung''. It ends up in a bombastic and passionate vocalize part (see, I get used to it); I only wished it should have been prolonged with some gorgeous keys, but they won't come.

My view of this album is that it is an average one. Too many sung parts and a downfall in their song writing capabilities. I will upgrade it to three stars though.

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Posted Sunday, November 30, 2008

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
2 stars Sensing that their growing audience might throw away their sleeping pills if they produced another "Sommerabende", NOVALIS recruited the more virile Fred Mühlböck on vocals and sat on a hot tin roof before entering the studio to record "Brandung", which became their biggest selling album ever. It shows that some people will buy anything.

Apart from the first two cuts, the rocking hit "Irgendwo, Irgendwahn" and the delicate acoustic ballad "Wenn nicht mehr zahlen und figuren", not much here sticks. It's just angst ridden AOR prog with too many rough edges as sure as "Sommerabende" had no edge at all. Even the 16 minute suite fails to rivet, so plus ca change....

Admittedly, to this point Novalis' peaks were none too high and valleys not overly steep, but "Brandung" was their weakest effort of the 70s by a fair margin. I think I'll surf this one out.

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Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review by seventhsojourn
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RPI
4 stars By the time of their fourth studio album, Brandung (1977), Novalis had added new vocalist Fred Muhlbock to the line-up. As well as singing, Muhlbock also played acoustic guitar and added some very welcome flute to the band's sonic palette. For me this album represents Novalis at the apex of their career. I understand what others have said about the band adopting a more commercial approach here, and of having largely discarded the pastoral sound that characterised their two previous albums. Muhlbock's name features prominently among the song writing credits, so he must have had a big say in this change of direction.

Ok, so Novalis nail their colours to the mast straight away with Irgendwo, Irgendwahn. This is just finger-clickin' sing-along pop with a Mellotron added. I for one won't criticise Novalis for this song though. Prog gods Yes released the radio-friendly Wondrous Stories in the same year; what's sauce for the goose. Wenn Nicht Mehr Zahlen Und Figuren is more in traditional Novalis mode, being a quiet reflective ballad featuring acoustic guitar and chiming electric piano. This is followed by the near 9-minute Astralis, with lyrics that I believe were inspired by the band's early-Romantic namesake author. This is the album's main highlight in my opinion, with earnest vocals, memorable melodies and interesting instrumental development. This song also features Lutz Rahn playing one of my favourite keyboards, the clavinet. I don't know if Carlo Karges made off with the band's clavinet when he left after the second album, but I missed it on Sommerabend. Maybe the instrument didn't suit the material on that album. Whatever the case, it makes a welcome return on a couple of tracks here.

The remainder of the album is taken up with the near 17 minute Sonnenwende, which I believe may be a companion piece to Sommerabend's title song. Sonnenwende is a multi- part suite featuring four distinct tracks, the first being the instrumental Brandung. This features nice interplay between Muhlbock's flute, sounding very like Mellotron-flute, and Detlef Job's twanging guitar. The groove here is very much in the hypnotic style that Novalis excelled at, although it gets funkier just after halfway with some more of that clavinet. The second section, Feuer Bricht In Die Zeit, continues in similar up-beat mode but the final two sections are more in keeping with the band's pastoral leanings. Sonnenfinsternis is a contemplative ballad with sensitive flute and Hammond interplay. Dammerung continues in similar vein with tender synthesizer backed by acoustic piano and guitar, while Muhlbock's fervent vocal brings things to a suitably dramatic climax.

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of the deleted Repertoire/Brain version of this several years ago without having to pay 'silly' money. However it's now widely available in a mini gatefold version, so now's your chance to get hold of this fine album. Borderline progressive maybe, but delightful nonetheless.

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Posted Monday, March 15, 2010

Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars The fourth studio album by Hamburg's premier 'Romantic Rock' group (their own tag, and basically synonymous with Symphonic Prog) sadly compromised the band's original vision by taking the low road to mainstream success. Gone were the classical music touchstones, and the lyrics borrowed from the late 18th century philosopher/poet of the same name, all replaced by simpler, crowd-pleasing pop conventions: a familiar story in the waning years of the 1970s.

The group also hired a honey-throated crooner (Austrian Fred Mühlböck) as their lead singer, and abdicated much of the songwriting duties to him, sacrificing some of their instrumental integrity in the process. Note the bland Euro-disco rhythms in the nine-minute "Astralis", or the absurdly catchy Top-40 chorus of "Irgendwo, Irgendwahn", a song expressly designed for pop radio consumption. And is it only a coincidence that the lovely acoustic ballad with the unwieldy title "Wenn Nicht Mehr Zahlen und Figuren" recalls a mellow German re-make of The Eagles hit "Hotel California", released earlier the same year?

Musically the group could still be effective, thanks in part to the stronger compositional hand of keyboardist Lutz Rahn. The side-long "Sonnenwende" suite almost redeems the album, despite resembling a lumpy update of their earlier epic "Sommerabend" (even the titles are similar: Summer Solstice vs. Summer Evening). But the newer music is unforgivably episodic, at one point actually fading to silence between movements. As a result there isn't any architectural stability to the whole piece, and all the massed choirs and histrionic "Great Gig in the Sky" wailing at its climax can't hide the cracks.

And yet, harsh words aside, the album can't really be considered a sell-out (the lyrics would have all been in English otherwise). Novalis wasn't the only band shifting ballast in the contrary musical winds of the time, but unlike other Proggers they didn't completely jettison their identity as well. The Romantic Rockers may have outgrown their youthful romanticism, but the lighter, leaner style at least kept the band airborne a few years longer.

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5 stars This is Novalis fourth record and the third in German language. The five gentlemen of the band do here an excellent job to entertain the audience. The spices to make that work is beautiful melodies, symphonic tendencies and a great rock voice(Fred Mühlböck). My feeling is that they were trying to ... (read more)

Report this review (#950428) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Saturday, April 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars this is one of the best albums ive ever heard, i fully recommend it, and if you speak german, you are going to feel all the power of the vocal, all the notes and the original novali's text is almost full respected, if you dont have it and you are a music lover, try to get it. ... (read more)

Report this review (#19881) | Posted by | Tuesday, January 20, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the way Novalis was meant to be! An excelent combination of simplicity, beauty and expression (passion!!!). I've always thought that Novalis band took its name from Novalis writer but more than just a name they develop an atmosphere... so far then they have fulfilled such an original goal... ... (read more)

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