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Klaus Schulze


Progressive Electronic

3.17 | 43 ratings

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3 stars Klaus Schulze's discography is huge and continues to grow each year. Be them new, remixed, remastered, + bonus track/s, etc., etc.

Add to that this artist gets all kind of mixed-ratings and top-it with 90% anonymous ones, on his least famous efforts. (Not the case with this one.)

Anyway, I have learnt not take those ratings as words carved in stone. As always, I strongly suggest you decide by your own. At the end of the day the best method still is to sample and hold or forget.

I mistrust most of Klaus Schulze's 80s and 90s releases, he, the same as 1000s of proggers, was bitten by the Drum-Box fly. His musical idiom became lame and sweet-toothed, things I despise as my listener's role.

His 1996, "Are You Sequenced" + bonus disc, is not exempt of this "flu", but thank the Gods, his intelligent melody lines subdue these "sparkling" or "New Agy" sounds. The drum-boxes will be there most of the times, so you better bare the fact that this listening experience will have its drawbacks. It also helps that some tracks , not all (as I would have wished), do without these "drums", and when this happens, Mr. Schulze delivers top of the game electronic music compositions, which show Mr. Schulze's craftmanship as a focused electronic music composer...(If you do not mind the average -Polka/Square Dance- like drum-box rhythm compasses adopted by most of the synth-Rock/Pop 80s' bands and musicians, you are almost in heaven!)

Like a work that could have been perfect, it is constantly diminished by its own author, with these kind of heartless and simplistic rhythm solutions. (Oddly considering that he, besides being a keyboard player, also plays "real"drums.)

Now, if you are young and highly impressed by all those "new" prog electronic musicians, check this guy the same as Tangerine Dream first, because as always nothing comes from nowhere.

Would have loved to love it but those incessant, personal, nuances hinder half my pleasure.

***3 PA stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |


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