|1. It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl|
|2. On The Way To Abamae|
|3. No Harm|
|4. So Far|
|5. Mamie Is Blue|
|6. I've Got My Car And My Tv|
|7. Picnic On A Frozen River|
|8. Me Lack Space...|
|9. ...In The Spirit|
Of all Faust's early work, this is the one to get. While other albums are full of experimentation and wit, this one is the complete package - the mindboggling standard is maintained throughout.
That's not to say you won't find it heavy going - the opening track, a bizarre parody of the Beach Boys to my ear, is a little hard to handle if you feel in the mood for something subtle. But subtleties emerge as the album progresses and it transforms into an amazing voyage into surrealist, electronic rock.
This is classic Faust, form the still pioneering German band has never equalled, to my ear, despite all their amazing material, until the recent Ravivvando record, which also moves the cosmos. I place this one up there with King Crimson's Lizard as a landmark album of the period.
From the opening track, "It's a rainy day, sunshine baby" - a twisted satire on the Beach Boys to my ear - the album builds and shifts into utterly amazing and original territory, from demented digs at mundane suburban existences ("I've got my car and my tv", "Mamy is blue") to electronic soundscapes.
The power, aural dynamics and humour of the music was illustrated by a series of wonderful paintings in the original vinyl release (I have seen them on the Faust website) but I'm not sure if they are included with the cd. The all black cover (seen here, slightly modified)underpinned the dark mood, and these illustrations provided a wonderful and dynamically colourful contrast, as exists in the highly individual music.
There's a touch of Monty Python and Frank Zappa in Faust's music, albeit with a strong experimental and electronic orientation, and this album maintains interest and momentum from go to wow.
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