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Forgot Username E-mail: Enter your registration e-mail address and we'll send you your username. On one hand, you have some absolutely killer tracks that exemplify the genre, but on the other hand, you also have a collection of mundane ambient experiments, which ends up balancing the album out to end up being quite average. I definitely enjoy this album, but it's not one I'll listen to in its entirety very Album), choosing a variety of other albums over this one if I'm ever in the mood for krautrock.
Best tracks: Hallogallo, Negativland Weakest tracks: Sonderangebot, Lieber Honig Verdict: While being definitive in its genre in certain ways, along with feeling like a clear influence to later artists, this album is all in all quite patchy, with the ambient experiments being far weaker than the more traditional sounding tracks.
Definitely would recommend listening to this album once if you have interest in the genre, but I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to cherry pick songs after that initial listen. Although it might not seem like it, NEU! Because the band members were low on budget while recording their upcoming second LP, they decided to fill their album with pieces from this release, slowed down and sped up, instead of paying to record new material. If not for this single - what kind of music would we encounter on NEU!
Despite the initial lack of success with their eponymous debut album, Neu! In Januarythey reentered the door of Windrose-Dumont-Time Studios in Hamburg to record their sophomore effort, they named simply Neu!
Similarly to the previous release, the cover art portrayed a simple "Neu! The album was released in the same year, under the Hamburg-based Brain Records. On their second LP, Neu! If any, the experimentation and pre-recorded tape manipulation are the most notable ones.
The bold attempts and unconventional practices might appear as interesting and provocative, but I'm afraid are not a worthy continuation of the band's debut's legacy. I would not like to come across as conservative, closed-minded or orthodox, but it seems to me as if the experiments of Neu!
The uncompromising approach, Neu! However, before making any statements that might later turn out to be damaging or simply untrue, let's analyze this album track-by-track. The rhythm gradually slows down, opening "Gedenkminute", which also features the ambient whistle of the wind, once again suggesting the influence of water through the sound of a ship horn.
Next track, "Lila Engel" begins with a familiar motorik beat with dissonant guitar and odd mumblings on top of it. Gradually, the track grows heavier and louder until drums disappear completely leaving just the voice and guitar alone.
Futhermore, the original recording was sped up on a turntable, so, even if one's LP is pristine, one might be tricked into thinking it is not, due to numerous pops. Next, we finally get to hear what the original "Neuschnee" sounded like - a tune quite typical of Neu! Klaus Dinger's tight drumming plays a crucial role in "Hallo Excentrio's" sound, providing a kind of a waypoint to the music's rhythmic direction, even when it's played backwards.
The album closes with the original "mother" recording of "Super", an up-beat tempo proto-punk song with all of the traditional Neu! Nothing sounds out of place, and there's a clarity that's rare for this era. The instrumentation intertwines without sounding muddied.
Songs blend into one another without any indication that they ended or started. As far as a physical medium is concerned, this album has the most appropriate artwork and presentation of anything I've come across. My copy is the recent remastered edition on white vinyl, which suits the pop-art sleeve design perfectly: It's a matted gatefold, but inside are only a few scrawled song titles and two blurry photos of Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. The label itself is plain white with the same haphazard, but clearly intentional font work.
Hallogallo a spoonerism in German for a wild Neuschnee - Neu! - Neu! 2 (CD opens Side 1. It's an upbeat, drum driven track that isn't very representative of the album, but certainly gives the listener a good idea what this Krautrock genre is all about.
Sonderangebot contrasts Hallogallo well - the music is all but dead, and we end up in early ambient electronic territory. Eventually the somewhat ominous noises subside, and we meet somewhere in the middle at Weissensee, a slower, but more melodic piece with clever pacing and a hazier atmosphere.
If Hallogallo is a wild party, Weissensee is approaching 4 am, Album), but with only your closest friends. Side 2 beings with Im Gluck. Recordings of what sound like people on a small boat, are met with similar background drones used in Weissensee, but with less structure.
It's strange, because this could have Album) been the lead out to the previous song, but you need to flip the record to get to it.
More relaxing ambient music, but this is one place where the MP3 or CD is superior. Because this side of the album is a suite that will eventually tie into the last track, however, I'll give it a pass.
If vinyl timing would allow it, I'd have started side 2 with the next track, Negativland, a heavier song that has elements of early industrial music, and hints of Belew era King Crimson from ten years in the future.
Punk rock took a note from NEU! Lieber Honig closes NEU! It's the only one with direct non sampled vocals, but they are very strained and dry. This is my least favourite track as a result, even though the extreme minimalism of the music itself is intriguing, essentially a koto over drones. Side 2 ends how it began, with the sounds of a boat rocking beside a dock. This one, I feel, is their best, and genuinely could have been something recorded in the last ten years. It is victim to zero cliches, and set trends without becoming worn out Album).
You find driving Motorik beat and shimmering, ever evolving guitars and evocative, creative soundscapes generated by relatively simple means and effects. But in comparison to the other two Neu!
In that sense, Neu! It's also rawer, more aggressive and a fair bit more unforgivingly industrial in nature, with a harder edge and more processing of the sounds. That's not a bad thing, as the Motorik idiom fares well in a tauter, grittier setting. When needed, it brings out the underlying bite and snarl of the bands proto-punk side in and admirable way.
It also puts more emphasis on the hypnotic qualities of the relentless rhythm.
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