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2.28 | 26 ratings | 4 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fährmann (4:51)
2. Ich will hier 'raus (4:04)
3. Abschied (3:46)
4. Keiner kann gewinnen (7:34)
5. Kleinwenig mehr (3:35)
6. Sterntaucher (4:35)
7. Grenzen (6:28)
8. Sinus (5:44)

Total Time: 40:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Fred Mühlböck/ vocals, guitars, Variophon
- Detlev Job / guitars
- Lutz Rahn / piano, keyboards, producer
- Hartwig Biereichel / drums

- Klaus Bohlmann / backing vocals
- Dierk Elwart / backing vocals
- Heinz Fröhlich / bass
- Manfred Seegers / sax (5)

Releases information

Title translates as "Star Diver"

LP Vertigo ‎- 812 597-1 (1983, Germany)

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NOVALIS Sterntaucher ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (38%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

NOVALIS Sterntaucher reviews

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Review by Progbear
2 stars The band sounded tired by this point. They made a couple of half-assed attempts at epics ("Grenzen", the rather lugubrious "Keiner kann gewinnen"), but for the most part their energy seemed spent. The closing instrumental, "Sinus", is rather nice, though it struck me as a poor-man's "Blauer Morgen" more than anything else.

Thin keyboard tones make matters worse. I'd swear that Lutz Rahn's main axe at the time was a Polymoog. Just compare the screechy synth tones on "Kleinwenig mehr" with Rick Wakeman's Polymoog parts on Yes' TORMATO album if you don't believe me.

Review by kenethlevine
2 stars The once beautiful butterfly of NOVALIS is now a drab grey moth, only of scientific or historical interest. The group had clearly decided to join the masses, but failed to propose much to distinguish themselves. Hence we have a second rate new wave band on most of "Sterntaucher"; in fairness, there really were very few first rate bands of this ilk.

I can live with the mildly edgy rockers like "Fährmann" and "Ich will hier 'raus" far better than I can with the dismal power ballads "Abschied" and the disingenuous epic "Keiner kann gewinnen". One could always count on Novalis for a few instrumentals of reasonable or better quality, but "Sterntaucher" has only one, which is the closing cut "Sinus", a spacey and slowly unravelling tune that ultimately resurrects the listener. The title track is a decent UB40-styled number and the other long song "Grenzen" shows the group could still take on the emotional ballad, even if our gratitude is largely due to the sinisterly caterwauling guitars.

"Star Diver" plumbs bathymetric depths yet unexplored by NOVALIS, and offers little beyond surface pleasure.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Sterntaucher is by far not as bad as some would make you believe. I was a Novalis fan when it came out and I was young and interested in the music of the time as well as in 70s prog, so I didn't mind prog bands trying out shorter and more easily accessible songs, and I liked this album quite a l ... (read more)

Report this review (#1460145) | Posted by Lewian | Sunday, September 6, 2015 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This was a sad review to write. Declines use to continue unfortunately. Novalis' ninth studio album "Sterntaucher" from 1983 was not an especially pleasent thing. It is not totally bad and it contains track that could be worth hearing. The musicians are Hartwig Biereichel, Detlef Job, Fred Mühlb ... (read more)

Report this review (#1288876) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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