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5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly hypnotic!
I love Klaus Nomi's individual style. When I first listened to this, I'll admit I wasn't very impressed but listened again a day or two later and was hooked! I guess there wasn't much material to work with but I think the guys did a good job!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Style Over Content - Only for Diehard Curiosity & Completion. A few crumbs served up on a nice plate
If you're new to Klaus Nomi's work, avoid this like the plague and buy the wonderful two original albums plus the excellent film 'Nomi. If you're a Nomi fan deciding whether to take the risk (as I did), then read on. . .

This album is under 32 minutes in length. It contains the theme tune from the 60s TV series Dangerman, called 'Highwire'. It contains one...
Published on 13 May 2009 by Achilles


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2.0 out of 5 stars Style Over Content - Only for Diehard Curiosity & Completion. A few crumbs served up on a nice plate, 13 May 2009
This review is from: Za Bakdaz: The Unfinished Opera (Audio CD)
If you're new to Klaus Nomi's work, avoid this like the plague and buy the wonderful two original albums plus the excellent film 'Nomi. If you're a Nomi fan deciding whether to take the risk (as I did), then read on. . .

This album is under 32 minutes in length. It contains the theme tune from the 60s TV series Dangerman, called 'Highwire'. It contains one reasonable 'live' (ish') performance from Klaus Nomi of the title track. It contains a very poor quality version of Rubberband Laser, that sounds like an old tape demo. It contains a slightly better quality version of 'Silent Night' with what sounds like a backing track added afterwards.

The rest of the CD contains riffs, and jangly jams mixed in with Klaus Nomi's voice. Some of Nomi's voice has been sampled and played like an instrument so often feels odd and lacks continuity. Much of the original Nomi theme appears over and over again throughout the 'Opera'.

Music is credited to George Elliot and Page Wood (except 'Highwire', 'Rubberband Laser' and 'Silent Night'. Klaus Nomi is not credited with any writing.

Overall, it sounds very amateurish and there is not sufficient original material to justify the billing of Klaus Nomi. It's clear that it was just an embryo of an idea that Nomi may (or may not) have had for a third album. Anyone thinking about this should only do so out of a sense of completion, just because it offers a few snippets of Klaus Nomi.

And so to the artwork and design which are excellent. The CD offers a cryptic little booklet with little stories involving Klaus Nomi, but well produced as it is, it does have the effect of making the finished product feel far more significant than it is. It is not a Klaus Nomi album! It's a few crumbs served up on a nice plate.

It really is a case of style over content and a reminder of a much missed talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly hypnotic!, 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Za Bakdaz: The Unfinished Opera (Audio CD)
I love Klaus Nomi's individual style. When I first listened to this, I'll admit I wasn't very impressed but listened again a day or two later and was hooked! I guess there wasn't much material to work with but I think the guys did a good job!
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