I've become something a fan of Can these days, and recently I've been getting into their mid-70s stuff, such as the surprisingly good Flow Motion, and now this, which I thought had to be worth checking out since it has such a great sleeve! Received opinion seems to be that Landed is a bit of a mixed bag, although to be perfectly honest, most of Can's albums (even the classic ones) can be bewilderingly uneven. Landed, in fact, is really not bad at all. In many ways, its fairly typical of their output: sporadically brilliant, frequently half-baked/unlistenable. But the weirdness, and the flashes of genius, are what make Can worth persevering with.
The opener, Full Moon on the Highway is a fairly conventional rock track, with a kind of strident bluesy groove, but with very odd mixing- its a good opener, but loses its way after a while. Half Past One has a lilting, slightly eerie reggae groove accompanied by swirling keyboards and Karoli's gypsy violin, while Schmidt intones the vocal.
Hunters and Collectors may strike some Can fans as familiar- its because Holger Czukay used the same groove on Oh Lord Give Us More Money, from his Movies album. The album's centrepiece is Vernal Equinox- its like Chain Reaction part 2, and has a remarkable mid-section when Jaki's percussion keeps pace with an oscillating sequencer pattern, before Karoli's guitar comes crashing in. Great stuff. Red Hot Indians has a kind of lazy-funk groove, accompanied by saxophone and Schmidt's charmingly half-baked vocals. The closer, Unfinished, is a kind of ethereal collage of frequencies, which create a kind of chilled-out ambience. Its far more listenable than the acid-trip-gone-wrong noise-collages on Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi (which I still can't listen to all the way through).
Overall, I'd recommend this to Can fans if you want to work your way beyond the classic albums. For the uninitiated, it's probably not much more than a curiosity.