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4 stars Eloy's "Inside"'s little brother

Although "Sperrmüll" is the German word for "Garbage", the only self-titled studio album released by this German quartet is well worth listening. The music of SPERRMÜLL is is quite similar to what their fellow countrymen ELOY were offering at the time: an efficient mixture of seventies hard/heavy rock in the vein of DEEP PURPLE with an early space rock and psychedelic flavor.

Don't rely on the opener "Me An My Girlfriend", this lively folk-rock ballad at mandolin is a bit of an intruder here. Dieter Dierks also makes an apparition on synthesizers. Maybe intended as a radio single, the song itself is pleasant but tends to become a little repetitive and lengthy. The journey really starts with the mystical "No Freak Out". Much in the style of ELOY's "Inside", this floating German mixture psych / space hard rock is very nice. The 70's heavy "Rising Up" possesses a trippy galloping bass line, like on Bornemann and co.'s "Dawn". It rocks!

Longest composition of the record, the 9 minutes "Right Now" is a powerful heroic hard rock with important jam section and drum solo. Although a bit more poppy and conventional, the heavy psychedelic blues of "Land Of The Rocking Sun" and "Pat Casey" are quite cool and energetic.

The CD remastered version includes two bonus tracks. "Have To Leave You" is mainly a flute-based improvisation, with a sung part at the end. Not memorable but enjoyable. Influenced by classical music, the organ-dominated "To Be Satisfied" is rather average and out of place.

It's a pity the band split after this promising debut album. SPERRMÜLL could have been a serious competitor for the band of Frank Bornemann. Although neither very original nor unique, the songs are punchy, dynamic and trippy, with an overall constant quality.

If you enjoy space rock and ELOY, especially their early albums like "Inside" or "Floating", be sure to give "Sperrmüll" a listen!

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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