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Dieter Moebius - Zero Set (with Plank and Neumeier) CD (album) cover


Dieter Moebius


Progressive Electronic

3.48 | 7 ratings

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3 stars Imagine there is no YELLO.

It is almost impossible to rate the 80's prog/electronic music scene, in an "electronic" category, where YELLO, is not included. It seemed like 1980's PAs, shut themselves in their tower against anything which smelled "New Wave" (true to god Zappa's principles). Well we are missing YELLO, as we are missing TUXEDOMOON. Half of what others did in those years, has to be measured by those "new" electronic standards, this 2 bands proposed.

Anyway, considering this, it would have been a miracle, if by this album's year of release, not only Dieter Moebius, but many former Krautrockers and electronics could have avoided the radio-waved sound of a switzerland's warehouse kitchen, where Yello was cooking their first "single" in 1979, "Oh Yeah" which became known WORLDWIDE, but mostly in central-europe. The unavoidable comparisson, makes "Zero Set" sound, like an "innocent" remix of a remix of something Yello had already written. (by this year 1983, Yello had already released 3 whole albums).

Nicely threaded, but crammed with childish (for children, not joking!), repetitive melodic lines, which go nowhere. Primitive is no synonym of simplistic!

The percussion work, although genial, is subdued by this "minor-flaw". Maybe "cool" for those who never heard of Yello, but it is not worth my money.

***3 PA stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |


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