Ian West

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (10 of 11)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 350,963 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 11
Metal Machine Music ~ Lou Reed
Metal Machine Music ~ Lou Reed
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Many people mistake this as some sort of early hardcore noise record. It's not, and Lester Bangs was wrong to suggest that it takes a kind of "masochism" to listen to it. That kind of an experience would usually require an almost unpleasant grittiness to the sound, and/or a certain dissonance. If it was created with that intent then it absolutely fails when compared against an extended visceral tidal-wave like "Pulse Demon".

Instead Reed released into the atmosphere light yearning drones and perfect harmonies trailing on to infinity (literally in the original Vinyl release), conceived via an indeterminate classical approach with a rock aesthetic. The end product is tremendously… Read more
Katzenmusik ~ Michael Rother
Katzenmusik ~ Michael Rother
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motorik's Peak, 6 Oct 2013
For me this is the high water mark of 'Motorik' German music in the 70s. The culmination and perfect realization of what 'Neu!', 'Harmonia' and 'Kraftwerk' were trying to achieve in the early part of the decade: To build a romantic, straight ahead vision of the future, untainted by British and American rock cliches.

'Katzenmusik' thoroughly condenses and refines the early output of Neu! and Kraftwerk, which was by and large messy and uneven, into a tight, yet nuanced and thoroughly modern record of trademark Rother bliss. It's also a logical progression from his first two solo efforts. They ('Flammende Herzen' and 'Sterntaler') had a tendency to become overly gushing at times… Read more
Trout Mask Replica ~ Captain Beefheart
Trout Mask Replica ~ Captain Beefheart
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawed Classic, 10 Sep 2013
Rather than review this album in isolation, I'll be comparing it to some of their other work since few seem to approach it from that angle and instead let this one overshadow their other stellar albums. Mostly due to mainstream critics (*ahem* Rolling Stone) who only let the left-field artists have their one moment in the sun.

'Trout' I believe is the one mainly favoured due to it's epic, sprawling nature, which people get drawn to over more understated stuff. 'Daydream nation' by Sonic Youth over 'Sister' is a good example of this. The other reason is that critics tend to focus on a band's "breakthrough" record (in terms of defining the sound they would get known for, this was a… Read more