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4.0 out of 5 stars Life-Enhancing Second LP From La Dusseldorf, Released In 1978., 17 July 2013
This review is from: Viva (Audio CD)
When this LP was issued in 1978, La Dusseldorf were positioned in a musical landscape which Klaus Dinger had anticipated with his previous group Neu!, namely, the punk scene in Britain which (in part) had taken its cue from the minimalistic sounds of the aforementioned duo.
Not only this, La Dusseldorf were ahead of the game in the sense that their synth-laden sound would act as a precursor to a whole raft of '80s electro merchants.
With their rhythmic, minimal, yet melodic synth/new wave sound, La Dusseldorf created music that sounded not only of, but ahead of its time, and managed to do so without compromising their German identity, thanks to Dinger's love of sentimental, Teutonic-sounding melodies.
The centrepiece of 'Viva' is the 20 minute 'Cha Cha 2000', a hymn to Dinger's quest to make the world a better place by encouraging people to look inside themselves, a message which is as relevant today as it was then.
While the sentiments might be typical of the late '60s hippie movement, the music is forward looking as motorik-inspired rhythms coupled with quite beautiful-sounding synths wash over the listener as Dinger delivers his cosmic sermon.
Other tracks such as 'White Overalls' and 'Geld' come on like driving, synth/punk anthems which could have changed lives had they received the exposure they deserved.
Instrumental 'Rheinita' (which was a hit in Germany) sees Dinger tugging at our heart strings with his cerebral, lush soundscapes that almost take you back to the innocence of childhood.
It is said that there are those who find the sentimental side of Dinger's muse somewhat mawkish, yet to a true believer (such as this writer) he was a man who lived for his ideals 24/7; such a shame that the world wasn't listening.
Do yourself a favour and tune-in to his wavelength - musical and spiritual. You won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Viva?, 5 Oct 2013
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I find Viva very confusing. From such a good band such an eclectic album. The first two tracks Viva and White Overalls appear to be little other than fillers. Vogul beggers belief,birdsong is hardly origional as Kraftwerk had it on Morning Walk on their Autobahn. Rhineita is for me the highlight of the album,a strong melody and full of start/stop percussion. Geld is good with its vocals and catchy synth lines. Cha Cha 2000 is good but drawn out. Less is more is a popular arty euphormism and it would suit here!
It's a 50/50 album,like some tracks,dislike others. It all depends on who's listening!
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