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Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars For a long time I only knew Kraan from their fourth album Let It Out, but after being dumbfounded by their debut I knew I had some catching-up to do here. And indeed, the second Kraan album doesn't disappoint at all. It presents the band from a different and more song-oriented angle and the result is almost as brilliant as the debut.

For a Krautrock album there's a surprising attention to melody, but Kraan keep a lot of edge in their playing and accompany the melodies with an often rough rhythmical backbone. The sound remained largely unchanged and offers a rocking mixture of drums, bass, guitar, sax and vocals. The bass guitar is still the driving force behind most songs and ethnic-Arabian influences keep spicing up the songs. The vocals are surely more prominent then before and offer one of the main attractions. Vocalist/guitar player Peter Wolbrandt sounds very confident and inspired here and often reminds me of Hammill's approach on his Nadir and Over albums. The way Kraan uses the saxophone offers an extra relation to the 75-76 VDGG sound.

Don't get confused when seeing Kraan labeled as jazz-rock. That's like calling VDGG jazz-rock. There are elements of fusion in their sound obviously, but they were first and foremost a rock band, and with their direct and unpolished sound, ethnic influences and 'punkish' vocals they are a Krautrock band before anything else. And a darn good one at that.

Wintrup is a near masterpiece for me and highly recommended for fans of Amon Düül, Can and Hammill's alter ego mr. Ricky Nadir.

PS. Check Jack Steam for finding where Steven Wilson nicked the main riff for the PT track Orchidia, in turn used by mr. Ackerfelt on The Funeral Portrait from Blackwater Park!

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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