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4 stars As one reviewer mentioned earlier this album is a lot more cohesive and structured, it isn't as jam orientated. It sounds as though they were moving toward more accessible music, apart from Vernal Equinox and Unfinished, the other four tracks could have been played on the radio, but still they are Krautrock and Can has not soldout yet, they would wait for their next album Flow Motion to sell out. This album has almost a space rock feel to it, and perhaps might even attract fans of Space Rock, also I'd say they sound a little more like Faust. The first song Full Moon on the Highway, starts off as a krautrock track sung by Holger Czuckay, very different sound from other Can songs, Irmin Schmidts Keyboards, and altered vocals sound very imaginative, Holgar Czuckay has his trademark bass. Half Past One, has great sounding keyboards again, it has a flaminco feel to it. Great vocal effects, and spacy sounding. Hunters and Collectors is a gem, Michael Karoli's voice sounds vaguely similar to Syd Barret, but I think this is more of a coincidence, it has great spacy guitar that adds a slightly disorientating feel to the Kraut song, there are great Keyboards again. This is a groovy piece, which shows Can still has its touch. Vernal Equinox, is a reprise of Hunters and Collectors, with great guitar affects and a fantastic keyboard break. It is a real energetic rocking track I envy Red Hot Indians is a happy reggae (I don't mean it in a bad way like on their later albums) sounding piece, with that funky almost whispering vocals - like on some of Suzucki's vocals. Unfinished is definately a Space Rock piece similar to the experimental stuff on Tago Mago, but yet more focused and listenable, this is very early Pink Floydish, and has moments of beauty and weirdness. On this album the multi track editing makes the guitar and keyboard sounds more cleaner and emphasised, and add more impact and dimension to the songs. As a result Leizbects drumming may sound more in the backround but he is still a machine-man on this album, you just have to listen to it a little more carefully. This is the last good album by Can,before they released a disco single one year later (I kid you not). It may be a more accessible introduction to some newbies of Can who don't like Radiohead and/or are fans of Space Rock. It has fantastic keyboard and sound effects. Humouress lyrics which make the album sound a lot more light hearted.An excellent album and a worthwhile purchase not as grand as Tago Mago or Ege Bamyasi, but still essential to the Can fan, just remember don't get any studio albums past this one (Unlimited edition doesn't count). Can Rocks!
Cheesecakemouse | 4/5 |


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