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3.89 | 169 ratings

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3 stars Most debut albums tend to be rather humble, unassuming affairs, and so it is with Grobschnitt's debut. Like Yes' pre-YES ALBUM material, it seems to be grasping for a grand symphonic sound while still grappling with holdover psychedelic/hippie influences. You can hear the former to the best effect on hard-hitting opener "Symphony" and a bit on the propulsive "Travelling". On the other hand, "Wonderful Music" is a hippie-tinged folk rock number, and the trippy "Sun Trip"-complete with creepy recitation of Biblical verse (in German!)-is out-and-out Krautrock.

The band's token wacky humour was already there, in the whimsical group vocals on "Symphony", notably. But if the band still doesn't sound like the Grobschnitt you know and love, there's a reason. Key players in the sound that came to be known as the Grobschnitt-Sound weren't there yet, here only drummer/comic/electronic effects man Eroc, lead singer "Wildschwein" Danielak and lead guitarist Lupo were present from the "classic" Grobschnitt lineup.

Progbear | 3/5 |


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