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3.30 | 87 ratings

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5 stars This has to be one of the strangest little albums ever recorded. Inventive, unusual and light hearted in nature. It's full of tiny high pitched gremlins in the style of Bowie's 'Laughing Gnome'. Lots of electronic effects are used on this album unlike any of their earlier recordings

'Spiral Staircase' was recorded with only Stips and van Geest from the original lineup. (Vrolijk & Ron van Eck - the bass player having left by this point).

Therefore, strictly speaking it's not a 'Supersister' album at all. There are a lot of guest musicians appearing throughout playing an assortment of instruments. 'Dangling Dingdongs' has that unmistakable sound of double bass before more conventional prog instruments are introduced amidst jittery drum beats and electronic squishing sounds. There's a lot of sound effects used here including heavy footsteps climbing stairs, cutlery being clashed in a canteen. You get the idea...

I love this kind of stuff - it was used throughout Floyd's 'The Wall' but was far more miserable in it's outcome. This is just a great laugh from beginning to end. Not least on the two completely out of place bonus tracks concerning Coconuts and Brazil. Incongruous in the extreme.

This is their 6th and last album and it's their most 'off the wall', experimental and wackiest. There''s lots going on here with plenty of goofy lyrics which are so bad they're hysterical if listening with English speaking ears! I just wish they'd continued a bit longer.

A happy recording where I find myself having the best time since sliced bread whilst listening to this.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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