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The final Brain-released 'canon' effort, "NEU! '75" was created after an initial breakup of the duo following a UK tour to support their second album. And almost to illustrate this break and the looming second one, this final album is a really schizoid effort. But by no means is it flawed by this. Vide...
The first half is a melodic, more ambient-flavored affair. Very pretty, it's dominated by Michael Rother's work, which would become more apparent once his solo albums would begin appearing in subsequent years. As you go forward here, the intensity ramps down, and the tempos slow until you're deposited into the surf and reverberant piano of "Leb' Wohl". Here, we find the precursors to much that would come later in 'ambient' music across the next couple of decades.
But the second half is dominated by a crazed Klaus Dinger...and he wails and yowls across a Kraftwerk-...-Stooges variant of the NEU! sound on "Hero" to kick this off. After a drop into the metronomic NEU! beat to follow, howls of feedback and yelling kicks off "After Eight"...and doesn't this sound a lot like the Sex Pistols yet to come? My, my, my...no coincidence there! NEU!, especially on this album, was one of the oft-cited influences on the sound of the Brit punk scene of the late 1970s.
All of the NEU! albums are essential. But this one is the one that left several marks on history-yet-to-come. As such, it rises a bit above "NEU!" and a good bit more above the semi-unfinished "NEU! 2". But one thing I can say is that five stars is not sufficient here, and if you're someone into the cutting-edge of present-day music, this is one piece of 'retro' (which doesn't really sound it!) that's a must-get.
Highly original, unprecedented, and a CD that will grow on you. It rewards repeated listening like special records do. You'll still be listening to this 20 years from now.
As I listen to this succinct effort, it proves to me what I believe Dali said: that the best artists are also the best thieves. Once you've added this to your collection (if you haven't already done so), see if you can hear Stereolab, the Sex Pistols, Wire, Galaxie 500 (?) and other top-shelf artists obviously influenced by this band in later years.
German bands like Can & Kraftwerk had a strong influence on "electronica" in the 70's and beyond. Listening to this makes me wonder whether 70's German bands cut out a wider swath in modern music than I originally thought.
A very rewarding listen indeed.
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While a fan of 'Krautrock' in general, I find much of it to be a little too florid and progressive for my personal taste. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andre' Delbos
One of the best rock albums? If you like the German style of hypnotic repetition. Some songs are pretty piano pieces. Others hard hitting rock songs.Published 20 months ago by David J. Andrews
It hasn't been until now that I've started to explore musicians that are/were a part of the Krautrock scene. Neu! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hops
Love the music and the style. Brings back fond memories of Kraftwerk (One of my favorite groups). Will be purchasing more of NEU!Published on October 31, 2013 by Joseph R. Didio
The last of the Neu! (apparently the band's name always includes an exclamation mark!) 1970s records showcases some gorgeous glacial melodies and rhythms. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Mitch Peasley
I now feel bad for disliking Neu!'s very first album when I heard it two years ago. That was my first experience with the band and it was *totally* different from this one. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Bryan
i love both of their albums from when i first heard them great covers i can not explain what i think about the music, it still current even though it was recordered a long time... Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Ray
I own thousands of albums and this is one I still listen to regularly. Avante-garde yet oddly accessible and completely listenable. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Jesse D Woodson
This 1975 release by German experimental group Neu! is pretty good and would certainly make a nice addition to the German experimental ("Krautrock") collection. Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by Jeffrey J.Park