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AMON DÜÜL II was born of an artistic and political community called AMON DÜÜL (which recorded during the late sixties a long live session made around collective and free musical improvisations). The band emerged from the underground German rock scene with a very original and eccentric album called "Phallus Dei" (1969). The musicians who participated to this delirious and psychedelic experience were (among others) Peter Leopold (ex AMON DÜÜL), the front woman and singer Renate Knaup, John Weinzierl on the guitars... with guests as Holger Trützsch who plays tribal percussions (original member of Popol Vuh). Then almost with the same musicians the band recorded the seminal "Yeti" (1970). An album in a similar vein than the previous but more accomplished (with a few structured songs and numerous pieces of epic improvisations). "Yeti" will launch AMON DÜÜL II career outside Germany. The same year the bass guitarist Dave Anderson leaves the band to join HAWKWIND.

"Tanz Der Lemminge" which follows directly "Yeti" is an impressive work with a great diversity of powerful, emotional songs with some folk accents next to long free space jamming. Recorded in 1972, "Carnival in Babylon" announces a slight new musical direction taken by the band. This album is dominated by shorter songs with the omnipresent and beautiful Renate Knaup's vocals. A more conventional work with a few memorable prog-folk ballads. The classical period of the band will end with "Wolf City" (1972) and "Viva La Trance" (1973). After the departure of Renate Knaup who joins Popol Vuh in 1974 and the release of a few albums, AMON DÜÜL II split up. In 1981, with the album "Vortex" Chris Karrer tried without success to reform the band.

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Special Note - For the album called "Utopia", which is sometimes wrongly credited to AMON DÜÜL II, see the band Utopia (Germany)
The band is also known by the name AMON DÜÜL 2 as mentioned on the band's website



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4.03 | 353 ratings
Phallus Dei
1969
4.08 | 389 ratings
Yeti
1970
4.07 | 278 ratings
Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance Of The Lemmings)
1971
3.53 | 148 ratings
Carnival In Babylon
1972
3.95 | 242 ratings
Wolf City
1972
3.23 | 99 ratings
Vive la Trance
1974
2.72 | 85 ratings
Hijack
1974
3.45 | 82 ratings
Made in Germany
1975
2.48 | 47 ratings
Pyragony X
1976
2.70 | 41 ratings
Almost Alive...
1977
2.28 | 38 ratings
Only Human
1978
2.86 | 34 ratings
Vortex
1981
3.61 | 29 ratings
Nada Moonshine #
1995
2.18 | 13 ratings
Kobe - Reconstructions
1996
2.57 | 7 ratings
Eternal Flashback
1996
3.67 | 9 ratings
Flawless
1997
2.98 | 8 ratings
Bee As Such
2009
2.67 | 14 ratings
Düülirium
2014

AMON DÜÜL II Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 40 ratings
Live in London
1973
3.40 | 16 ratings
Amon Düül 2 - Live in Concert
1992
2.62 | 15 ratings
Amon Düül II Live in Tokyo
1996

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3.73 | 22 ratings
Lemmingmania
1975
2.48 | 15 ratings
Made in Germany (1 lp)
1975
3.04 | 4 ratings
Milestones
1989
1.33 | 3 ratings
Surrounded by the Bars
1992
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Greatest Hits
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Drei Jahrzehnte
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Best of Amon Düül II (1969-74)
1997
4.70 | 9 ratings
The UA Years: 1969-1974
1999
3.53 | 6 ratings
Manana - The Complete BBC Recordings
2000
3.96 | 4 ratings
Once Upon A Time - Best Of 1969 - 1999
2001
3.08 | 5 ratings
Anthology
2005

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Rattlesnakeplumcake
1970
2.00 | 3 ratings
Archangels Thunderbird
1970
3.00 | 3 ratings
Light/Lemmingmania
1971
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All The Years Round
1972
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Pigman
1974
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Mirror
1974
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Don't Turn Too Stone
1979

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 Wolf City by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.95 | 242 ratings

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Wolf City
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Psych City

At first glance, you probably noticed that the cover art does not represent a wolf, but a tiger... a winged tiger... Nonetheless, remember that words such as 'logic' and 'sense' do not exist in AMON DÜÜL II's strange parallel universe, and this album is one of its bright galaxy. After the uneven "Carnival in Babylon", "Wolf City" is the second "accessible" opus from the early period of the band (the best one). Despite shorter compositions, the music is more impacting and creative than on its predecessor, and reuses the psychedelic, heavy and spacey elements that made the first albums so original and lovable. The long jams are definitely gone, but the ideas, audaciousness and multiple faces of AMON DÜÜL II are still present, and that's the most important.

"Surrounded By The Stars" displays a dark haunting psychedelic atmosphere dominated by Renate Knaup's particular singing. "Green Bubbles Raincoated Man" is a soft acid ballad that contains a pre-punk passage in the style of late 70's HAWKWIND! AMON DÜÜL II, you'll always amaze me! The most surprising composition may however be "Jail-house Frog", various different ambiances and styles in only 5 minutes.

The floating title track sounds like a futuristic ritual, ahead of its time. Then comes "Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse", a slight electronic calm Indian instrumental, letting the listener breathe before the thundering and trippy "Deutsch Nepal". The only regret concerning this "song" are the sentences pronounced by German actor Ralf Zacher, his tone sounding quite out of place. The folk middle-eastern rock "Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge" is less remarkable, the only average track of the disc.

Again, as on "Carnival in Babylon", the music is certainly more conventional than on the first three albums, but don't forget this is AMON DÜÜL II, so the compositions still remains adventurous for the average listener. However, contrarily to its predecessor, the songs are much more convincing and memorable, and there are no true weak passages. In conclusion, "Wolf City" is a good balance between accessibility and originality, thus should by no means be rejected by pretending there are no long pieces anymore. This is no argument. The audaciousness and surprises are still here, and this opus is even a little avant-garde by moments.

The best album of early AMON DÜÜL II's second half, maybe the one to start with if you're too intimidated by the two mastodons "Yeti" and "Tanz der Lemminge", or by their experimental debut "Phallus Dei". Very recommended to fans of the band, psychedelic, space rock and, of course, krautrock!

 Carnival In Babylon by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.53 | 148 ratings

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Carnival In Babylon
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Last early Amon Düül II album to acquire

After the psychedelic experimentations of the first three opuses, "Carnival In Babylon" marks a small rupture in the krautrockers' career. Less complex and adventurous than before, the compositions are now shorter and more accessible, but remains pleasant and quite original for the average musical listener. However a question comes to mind: Spirit of AMON DÜÜL II, are you (still) here?

Since the first note, you can perceive the change. Is this a GONG track? "C.I.D. In Uruk" is a pleasant folk song, with a slight mystical feel, however a bit repetitive. Then comes the soft rock "All The Years Round", more nervous and featuring Renate Knaup's particular singing. The heavy finale is very nice. On the contrary, "Shimmering Sand" tries to reuse the collage recipe from "Tanz der Lemminge", but lacks musical direction and is rather forgettable. The last minutes are pleasant though.

The pop rock piece "Kronwinkl 12" is not very interesting either. The weakest passage of the disc. Here you can have a preview of what AMON DÜÜL II will become in the mid-seventies... Nonetheless, the original spirit of the band can be heard in "Tables Are Turned", a cool psychedelic jam with a little middle-eastern and Indian atmosphere. The ender "Hawknose Harlekin" is also an improvisation, more space rock-oriented, featuring strange keyboards and floating guitars.

"Carnival In Babylon" is undoubtedly the weakest album of the debut period of AMON DÜÜL II, from 1969 to 1973 (the best one). Although uneven, containing a few wobbly songs and far less adventurous music than the first three opuses, the overall result remains enjoyable and quite unconventional. The attaching personality of the musicians is still present... for now. In conclusion, this record is not essential, but nonetheless pleasant, possesses its own charm and should not be skipped in the Germans' discography.

After then listen, we may wonder if the accessible music formula is adapted to this unique band or if they have just lost a piece of their creativity? Don't leave now, these questions will be answered the same year, in the next album...

 Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance Of The Lemmings) by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.07 | 278 ratings

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Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance Of The Lemmings)
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Acidman's Dance of the Crazy Seventies

Last AMON DÜÜL II's album featuring long compositions, "Tanz Der Lemminge" marks the end of first half of the band's first period, considered by many as their best. Reusing the musical style of its predecessor, the thundering "Yeti", the tracks are less rock and impacting, there are no immediately catchy songs. Instead, the music is more complex and features more early electronic technologies used to create eerie atmospheres. Neither very danceable, nor in relation with the lemmings, the content is on par with the the cover art: an esoteric superposition of different elements hard to describe. In fact, this may be the darkest, most spacey and elaborated opus conceived by AMON DÜÜL II. Like the previous double-album, "Tanz Der Lemminge" is divided in two parts: the first half consists in (nearly) structured compositions, whereas the second half is improvisational.

With its bizarre introduction, the hallucinogenic "Syntelman's March Of The Roaring Seventies" can be described as a long mystical folk-rock containing different melodies and LSD ambiances. A bit harsh to follow, but includes quite good stuff. In the same vein, "Restless Skylight-Transistor-Child" is my favorite composition of the record. A weird collage of various short heavy, spacey, indian and other experimental pieces, with abrupt transitions. Even if this track is not very coherent, it possesses nice moments and unexpected surprises. The final quarter is the best.

Now begins the so-called "Chamsin Soundtrack" suite, entirely improvisational. As you may have guessed, "The Marylin Monroe-Memorial-Church" has little to do with the American actress. It is rather a dark ambient, cosmic and mysterious long journey, like a crossing of PINK FLOYD's early experimental pieces and TANGERINE DREAM's "Zeit", but the AMON DÜÜL II way. This will make discover a new spacey face of the band, proving (again) their creativity and variety concerning the addressed musical styles. One of the highlight of the record! Listen in the dark for maximum effect. Back to Earth with the small instrumental hard-krautrock "Chewinggum Telegram", more usual but however cool. The oppressive heavy "Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight" is also very effective! "Toxicological Whispering" concludes the trip on a space rock journey into stars.

Compared to the seminal "Yeti", the tracks are less structured and the transitions more abrupt. Difficult to digest the first time and lacking a bit of unity, "Tanz Der Lemminge" is however part of these albums that may take time to appreciate, and in which you can rediscover something new at each new listen. The dance of the little animals protects a little treasure of musical creativity. If the 1970 opus made you travel around the world, this one will make you explore unknown galaxies, or the depths of your mind. You decide.

Least accessible release of AMON DÜÜL II's early discography, this is definitely not the disc to start with. If you're new to the band, be sure to listen to "Yeti" and "Phallus Dei" first (in this order) to fully appreciate the music. Once said, "Tanz Der Lemminge" is essential for the fans and for adventurer psychedelic / space rock lovers in need of madness!

After this album, the Germans' compositions will become shorter and more concise, but this does not necessarily means less interesting...

 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.08 | 389 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The Adorable Psych Monster

After the experimental "Phallus Dei", AMON DÜÜL II brings more structure to their compositions and offer one of the greatest krautrock record ever, the seminal double-album "Yeti". Heavier, more mature and accessible than its predecessor, but still preserving the same creativity and audaciousness regarding the mixture of western and eastern influences, this second opus is a genuine trip to unknown worlds, in space and time. Surprising, thundering, mystical, esoteric, psychedelic, unique, out of time are the few words that come to mind during this hallucinogenic listening multicolor experience. However, these mushrooms come from another dimension.

About the cover art, the man in a dress with a scythe is a sound engineer of the band, Wolfgang Krischke. A few months after he was photographed, he died due to a LSD overdose. The German krautrockers paid him tribute by putting his picture on the cover.

The first half consists in structured compositions. "Soap Shop Rock" is divided in four parts. The mystical hard rock "Burning Sister" section sounds quite unreal with its bizarre voices and heavy guitars, while the incantatory "Halluzination Guillotine" is slower. The tiny opera-like "Gulp A Sonata" introduces the depressive "Flesh-Coloured Anti-Aircraft Alarm" part, which displays a slight gothic ambiance. Truly unique, this suite is simply one of AMON DÜÜL II's best compositions! The mood changes when arrives the calm "She Came Through The Chimney" and its ethnic percussions and middle-eastern textures. Then comes the powerful and mystical unidentified massive rock object "Archangel Thunderbird". The most remarkable point concerning this track is the contrast created by the over-heavy guitars duo and Renate Knaup's demented crystalline voice. Mindblowing! This song will become a concert favorite. On the opposite, "Cerberus" is a tribal folk of unknown origin, finishing in a crazy distorted rage. Where am I now? Seeking ancient temples, in some middle-eastern desert, my soundtrack is the cool heavy instrumental "The Return Of Rübezahl"... Except that Rübezahl is a Germanic mythological being from giant mountains, but it does not matter anymore. But then... when am I? The hard psychedelic "Eye Shaking King" seems like a strange oriental ritual with... robotic voices, whereas the mysterious"Pale Gallery" displays a threatening atmosphere happening at an undefined period, as if the past and the future were mixed together.

The second half is less varied, but still also very good, as it features one of the best psychedelic improvisations ever recorded. "Yeti" can be described as a long jam in a style similar to PINK FLOYD's "A Saucerful of Secrets" and "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", but still the AMON DÜÜL II way. It alternates rocking and softer passages. "Yeti Talks To Yogi" extends the trip with a more mystical ambiance. The spacey ethnic folk "Sandoz In The Rain" finishes these 70 minutes of unreal musical madness in the calm.

"Yeti" is one of the most fascinating krautrock album in existence! A treasure of creativity, weird arrangements, unexpected marriages and audacious tripiness. Unique, out of time, the music are a perfect balance between craziness and accessibility, creativity and melody, heavy and calm moments. The listener is never bored and always surprised by the various influences displayed on this disc. Needless to talk about the band's personality here, as not many bands manages to merge such opposite genres with this talent.

Like the Yeti, the creature remains mysterious, of an unknown origin. AMON DÜÜL II's best album, an unequalled masterpiece of the genre, highly recommended! Fans of krautrock, psychedelic, space rock or PINK FLOYD, listen to this record, otherwise the abominable snow monster himself will come at your house and eat you!

 Phallus Dei by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.03 | 353 ratings

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Phallus Dei
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Weirdus Dei

3.5 stars

After the split of the German collective AMON DÜÜL, the musician ex-members reunited to form one of the craziest and most creative krautrock band ever, AMON DÜÜL II. Gorged with multiple western and eastern influences, "Phallus Dei" is their first opus, and also one of their most experimental, inventive and psychedelic records. Exotic and mystical sonorities are partly due to the presence of their fellow countrymen EMBRYO's Christian Burchard and POPOL VUH's Holger Trülzsch as guests, but the identity of the band is already strong. Since the first notes of "Kanaan", you know you're in for something special. The music sounds like an incantation ritual for a mythological god in an ancient temple. It also contains a slight Indian feel. Simply unreal! The freaky "Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren" is quite haunting with its weird voices. "Luzifers Ghilom" displays an esoteric ambiance similar to "Kanaan", however rock-ier and more tribal. This nice piece incorporates Indian vocals and possesses an unique depressive finale. "Henriette Krötenschwanz" is the shortest track and not a very necessary passage too.

However, the longest and maybe also the weirdest composition of AMON DÜÜL II is the title track. Beginning with a nightmarish atmosphere and creepy voices, it continues on a long psychedelic journey into unknown lands. The violin and tribal bongos take you all around the world, you don't know where you are anymore. The finale is just mesmerizing. This 21 minutes mastodon can be a bit harsh to enter, the overall is not very accessible and lacks coherency. Nonetheless, it contains cool passages where the listener can catch up and is finally pleasant.

As one of the first krautrock albums, "Phallus Dei" unveils a novel and unique style, mixing mystical, rock, psychedelic, incantatory and eastern sonorities. Maybe this can be considered as one of the first records of the so-called "world music" genre, as it displays a long journey through different continents. The other important krautrockers strongly incorporating exotic influences to their compositions are EMBRYO and POPOL-VUH, who are represented in this disc by one invited member. A coincidence? I don't think so.

For a first release, "Phallus Dei" is really innovative and groundbreaking. Although not always accessible and still bathed in freak'n'roll jams of the late 60's, it's nice to hear this mixture of different musical landscapes. Not the best place to start with to discover AMON DÜÜL II, as this is their most experimental and weirdest efforts. But don't miss it if you want to hear something original. Essential for krautrock, psychedelic or mystical music fans.

Fortunately, the minor flaws will be quickly corrected for the next opus...

 Vive la Trance by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.23 | 99 ratings

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Vive la Trance
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars Teenage lust and other apocalyptic boredom stories.

Never been a follower of any of the 3 AMON DÜÜLs indexed in PA's Krautrock sub-genre, I took a plunge into this release by the second reincarnation of this German band AMON DÜÜL II's "Vive La Trance",1974.

In some sense I expected something at least a little bit more ground breaking or at least daring in accordance of the genre and year of this release, but this just does not happen at all.

Closer in spirit to Krautrock are its playfulness and irreverence. Music wise it sounds like an attempt to go mainstream and its possible experimentations and use of contemporary influences (Roxy Music included), are limited or hidden in favor of their market wise ambitions, which are mostly balanced towards the electric guitar HENDRIX like soloings or the focus on the songwriting being radio air-waveable enough .

To cut it short, this is very average Rock n Roll with some quirky synths added up to decorate its songwriting limitations.

I will hardly think of this release as the best way to get aquainted with this band's second coming, therefore I can not rate it above the "uninteresting and kind of boring unless you are a fan" **2 PA stars mark.

 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.08 | 389 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by ALotOfBottle

5 stars The politically-charged Amon Duul II enjoyed a relative success after the release of their debut album Phallus Dei. At the turn of the 70's, the band released their sophomore effort Yeti, which has grown to become one of audience's favorties and a classic krautrock record.

The sound of Yeti is strongly rooted in psychedelia. Remember it's 1970 and krautrock was not yet fully developed as a genre. However, it is not an ordinary psychedelic rock album. The band adds unique exotic spices to create Amon Duul II's signature musical extract. Congas and bongos, trippy wah-wah guitar, electric violin, electronic effects, distant, lengthy acid vamps - this is what makes Yeti such a unique experience. Musically, it bases on already established dry psychedelic rock with bluesy influences, however the band adds a unique piquancy in form of frequent atonality and dissonancy.

The musicianship is on the release excellent. Definitely not classically-trained, yet precise, accurate, and classy. John Weinzierl's guitar parts are really the nucleus of the band's sound. Peter Leopold's drumming is tight throughout and keeps up well with the group's dynamic sound. Falk Rogner is responsible for keyboard parts, which give Amon Duul II a very unique dreamy nature. Renate Knaup's voice has a very distinct timbre.

All in all, Yeti is a classic German masterpiece and a hint of what would grow to be Krautrock. This is highly recommended for fans of all three: Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock, and Progressive Rock. Wunderbar!

 Only Human by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.28 | 38 ratings

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Only Human
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Lewian

2 stars The most important thing about this album is that you should know "Kismet", even if you're not interested in the rest. Kismet is truly great. It would be a perfect opener of my favourite ADII setlist, it starts dark and mysteriously and builds up nicely, has a number of interesting melodies and changes, strong oriental influences, and Chris Karrer's mysterious voice is wonderfully suited for this. The only reason why they didn't start the album with this is probably that then the listener would expect too much from the remainder of the album and would be badly disappointed. In any case, this song is a strong reason not to dismiss "Only Human" completely. Unfortunately , Kismet towers head and shoulders above the rest of the album, which is pretty underwhelming. Well, it won't hurt you to lsten to it from beginning to end, much is rather easy going and there are some OK melodies with the odd twist or turn. I personally like Spaniards and Spacemen with its light feathery feel although many hate its disco sound. Anyway, Kismet is great and all the rest is, while not unbearable or really bad, still rather unremarkable.
 Vortex by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.86 | 34 ratings

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Vortex
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Lewian

3 stars Another interesting early 80s album of a band that had somehow lost its direction but produced something rather enjoyable while toying around with different ideas where to go next (actually they disbanded after this record, so their quest wasn't really successful). The title track Vortex works very well as an opener; a somewhat minimalist dark instrumental that builds up quite nicely toward the end. Holy West, Mona and We Are Machine are rather conventional rock songs, nothing special regarding composition, but tastefully arranged, well played and very well sung by Renate, who has reached her peak voice-wise on this record. Die sieben fetten Jahr, Wings of the Wind and Vibes in the Air are more original songs with more surprising contrasts, although they don't exactly explode traditional song structures - not really the most innovative ones AD II has every written. Die 7 fetten Jahr has some of Karrer's oriental influences. One may enjoy their originality or wonder whether they in some placed are stitched together too awkwardly, but with Amon Duul II this is the stuff you have to expect. Gestern ist das Heute von Morgen is the one song that really stand out, it's fast and driving, has powerful vocals by Renate and a great sax solo. This song is worth 5 stars. Overall it's not really consistent, not really complex, but a quite special and versatile collection of songs, most of which are good to listen too, with some real highlights. 3 1/2 stars.
 Düülirium by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.67 | 14 ratings

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Düülirium
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

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.

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