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3.76 | 399 ratings

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4 stars This is quite a departure from previous Magma albums. There's a lot more synths present - which is pretty good news in my opinion. Side one has 5 short tracks kicking off with 'üdü wüdü' which is surprisingly cheery and colourful for a Magma track. It's also the catchiest tune on the album. There are a couple of bits and bobs on this side that re-appear on 'Ëmëhntëht-Rê' in 2009. Strangely some of the bass parts remind me of Mick Karn. And even stranger, a few parts sound like the 'Residents' from the early 80's due to the keyboards used.

Like most other reviewers have commented, side two's 'De Futura' is superb. A five star track and definitely in the bracket of the best three tunes they ever wrote. Jannik Top's bass is simply fantastic. As the track progresses it sounds more and more threatening - as if something dreadful is going to happen. An intimidating and relentless stomper!

Probably the easiest entry point for a first time listener.

ps. You know, I used to hate the sight of Steve Davis (the snooker player) with his red wiry hair and dead eyes - but I recently found out he's a huge Magma fan - so much so that he even arranged for them to play in London some years ago! Who would have believed it??!!

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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