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2.49 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. On the Highway (Mambo La Liberta) (8:35)
2. Du Kommst Ins Heim (9:23)
3. Standing in the Shadow (8:15)
4. Back to the Rules / Walking to the Park (26:01)

Total Time 52:14


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Line-up / Musicians

- Lothar Meid / bass
- Daniel Fichelscher / drums
- Jan Kahlert / drums, percussion, sounds
- John Weinzierl / guitar
- Chris Karrer / guitar, violin
- Renate Knaup / vocals

Releases information

Label: Cleopatra Records / Purple Pyramid
June 10, 2014
Previously released (download only) as "Bee As Such" (2010)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars First of all it's pretty awesome that this band is still making music after all of these years, and that Krautrock spirit is certainly still part of this great and legendary band. "Duulirium" the title of this 2014 release was taken from the title of a bonus track on a "Wolf City" re-issue. I should mention as well that this is the same album as "Bee As Such" from 2009 which was a digital download only with no art work. Same recording just a different title. I was pleasantly surprised that while the music is often straight forward this album comes across as being somewhat experimental and left of center, even vocally. Renate and Chris share the vocal duties, often on the same track. Lots of intricate sounds as well throughout this work.

"On The Highway(Mambo La Liberta)" features sparse sounds throughout and I really like the tone of the guitar. Vocals join in and he's really sounding like Captain Beefheart here with that gruff sounding style. Renate joins in with her voice 2 1/2 minutes in and they will continue to share these duties on this song. A little more intensity after 6 1/2 minutes with the guitar and vocals in particular but the song never breaks out like I keep thinking it will. "Du Kommst Ins Heim" opens with Renate's vocal melodies, violin and a beat along with some experimental sounds. Like the previous song we get lots of intricate and sparse sounds. She does sing words eventually and there's male backing vocals as well. Some silly and strange vocals before 5 1/2 minutes. "Standing In The Shadow" starts out with percussion, bass and odd sounds before the male vocals arrive a minute in. Renate starts singing after 2 minutes as the song becomes catchy. Male vocals too as they trade off but also sing together.

"Back To The Rules/Walking To The Park" is the 26 minute closer and the only reason this album doesn't get a 4 star rating. For such a long track it just doesn't do much for me. Very sparse sounds with percussion to start as faint vocal melodies arrive around 2 minutes. Renate starts to sing in a reserved manner around 2 minutes. It starts to come to life somewhat 7 minutes in then we get violin around the 9 minute mark. More vocals join in 10 1/2 minutes in then there is silence before sparse sounds arrive. A catchy beat with guitar and vocals after 12 minutes. Vocal melodies and guitar 17 1/2 minutes in as it continues to be sparse sounding until around the 20 minute mark when fast paced spoken male vocals kick in with guitar, bass and drums. Some nice guitar late.

This was better than I thought it would be and these guys(and Renate) deserve a lot of credit for what they have created here. Well done! 3.5 stars is my rating.

Review by Neu!mann
2 stars Comeback albums aren't normally as haphazard as this belated effort by one of Krautrock's essential forefathers: recorded in 2009; offered as a digital download under the name "Bee as Such" in 2010; and four years later finally given a legitimate CD release, with a better title and actual sleeve art...everything except a credible performance, sadly.

In truth the music by itself is fine, and doesn't show a trace of anachronism. All of it was clearly improvised in the studio, but in a more groovy modern fashion than the embryonic freakouts of "Phallus Dei" et al. A cheap comparison could be made to the valedictory CAN album "Rite Time" (1989), a likewise late-in-the-day reunion with a similar (but more successful) vibe, also curiously delayed in post-production.

Maybe the new Düül album should have been considered as a strictly instrumental project. The musical rapport was still there, and surprisingly vital after so many years away. But the vocals by old comrades Renate Knaup and Chris Karrer are - to put it delicately - a calamity: hoarse, abrasive, and fatally off-key.

Krautrock has always been full of eccentric singers able to exploit their amateur lack of training (think of Can's Malcolm Mooney, or Damo Suzuki). But there's a big difference between non-professional and plain bad, and that line was emphatically crossed here. I'm reminded of Timothy Leary's cringe-worthy performance on the notorious ASH RA TEMPEL train wreck "Seven Up", something no sane listener ever needs to be reminded of.

The fingernails-on-chalkboard effect reaches its nadir throughout the 26-minute "Back to the Rules/Walking in the Park" (aka "Psychedelic Suite", on the "Bee as Such" version). Here, the attempts at improvising a freeform vocal accompaniment to an already exploratory jam stand out like a mangled (i.e. more than simply sore) thumb.

Needless to say, the new album is no "Yeti"...despite some abominable moments. It's reassuring to know the old-timers still have a pulse, but this session wasn't worth the long wait. Better late than never? Don't be too sure...

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2 stars And there has also been at least one Krautrock record yet released this year 2014 and that is Amon Düul II, the German band's eighteenth studio album "Düülirium" and just as many other records, there are positive and negative aspects to tell you about. The cover has a skeleton and shining letter ... (read more)

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