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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how to categorise it but it is very good, 9 July 2004
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SM "SM" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I went to see Laibach live having never even heard of them (they were recommended by a friend). They did most of this album live and it was absolutely stunning, with the title track being the highlight.
The thumping marching beats and the deep, growling vocals (sometimes in English but mostly in German) grab you at a basic 'physical' level with raw power and rhythm. But for me the real quality comes from the occasional bursts of classical inspired melody and soaring operatic style backing vocals. The first and last tracks and the excellent title track are brilliant examples of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Power never sounded so good, 21 Feb 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wat (Audio CD)
Live at the Scala, two powerful femautonoma delivered precise mechanised synchronised rhythms to a surge of rumbling power. Milan's baritone growl scraped and then dredged heaving oceans to bring the debris to the surface. Deliverance from mediocrity, a powerful visceral moving juggernaut of sound and vision. Indescribable in fusing imagination with the body, pounded with bass as total images of detournement beamed onto screens. If you don't like Laibach turn 360 degrees and march away.

Laibach fusing Communist social realist "strength" with Dada fragmentation. Two opposites in tension, balancing the masculine bark with feminine caress. A triumph of the will to entertain, educate, create challenging danceable music.

The State of the Nation. Neo liberal anarchistic judgements on greed, hatred and fear. DAF template, basic synth, barking lyrics from the opening statement to dance with laibach. The pace is relentless. Halting "Du Bist Unser", a shift into slower techno. Lyrics a mixture of English, German and Slovenian.

Laibach, in the role of the accuser sentencing the guilty. The lyrics deal with the turmoil of the East, the gulf between reality and expectation, frustration and greed. Laibach's aphorisms challenge accepted western cultural wisdom. The rationale for the music and the lyrics to bring to the fore what the academies and newspapers have glossed over. Whilst the twin towers was deemed evile incarnate Laibach see a signifier of wider deeper malaise.

It may take a few listens to work. It is more masculine than Volk where the vista was more balanced. This worked live, almost hypnotic in intensity and feeling. An astounding achievement, the combination of the music and visuals to energise and challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAT is WAT, 11 Sep 2003
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Laibach are back with the most relevant production of the decade.
Tanz mit Laibach!
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