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The album oscillates between Michael Rother's more ambient, minimalist approach and Klaus Dinger's rock infused abrasiveness that predates punk by a year. In fact, when Neu!'75 was imported in the U.K., it influenced key... more »
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The album oscillates between Michael Rother's more ambient, minimalist approach and Klaus Dinger's rock infused abrasiveness that predates punk by a year. In fact, when Neu!'75 was imported in the U.K., it influenced key players responsible for the punk rock movement. 2001 reissue.
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Ranges from the atmospheric to "proto-punk"
Jeffrey J.Park | Massachusetts, USA | 01/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1975 release by German experimental group Neu! is pretty good and would certainly make a nice addition to the German experimental ("Krautrock") collection. Overall, I appreciated the atmospheric moments on the album the most (and there are quite a few), although I suppose the noisier, proto-punk tracks have their appeal too.
The lineup includes the core of Klaus Dinger (voice, percussion, guitar, piano, and organ) and Michael Rother (guitar, piano, synthesizers, electronics, and voice). They are joined by two drummers including Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe (tracks 4, 5, and 6). The album was produced by Conrad Plank.
Opening with a soft acoustic piano part and closing nearly 45 minutes later with the raucous strains of a distorted guitar and "punkish" vocals, the six tracks range in length from 4:42 to 10:50, with a total album running time of 42:35. The album is divided between softer, atmospheric tracks (tracks 1-3) loaded with synthesizers and tracks that, while somewhat atmospheric, also feature pounding, tribal drumming (in 4/4 with no variation), rough (punk-ish) vocals, and more emphasis on electric guitars (tracks 4-6). Indeed, the closing track After Eight is the best example of proto-punk on the album and seems to anticipate the sound of the punk groups by a few years. My understanding is that Klaus Dinger wrote the noisier tracks, although this is not clear from the liner credits. As a prog rock/electronica fan however, it is the atmospheric, synth-heavy tracks that really hold my interest. Come to think of it, the softer tracks sound a great deal like the material off of the excellent Deluxe album (Harmonia, 1975), another project that involved Michael Rother.
This reissue by Astralwerks is pretty good and features a CD booklet that folds out to reveal black and white images of the musicians, along with the track listing. There are no informative liner notes. The sound quality is very good.
All in all, this is a fine example of the German experimental "Krautrock" style and one of the finer albums by the group. Recommended along with the eponymous debut (1971) and the Deluxe album (Harmonia, 1975)."