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4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled
This was the first Can album I ever owned, a tatty vinyl copy that attracted me with its striking cover. I'd never come across them before and it was like nothing I had ever heard. I loved it, little realising then that I was starting back to front, with a band in the throes of falling apart. The wholly instrumental pieces work best here, especially November, a...
Published on 28 Sept. 2010 by Steven Kent

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curioso
Not Cans' best album by any stretch of the imagination but an interesting experiment nonetheless. For hardcore fans only. The new mix is very good, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled, 28 Sept. 2010
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Steven Kent (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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This was the first Can album I ever owned, a tatty vinyl copy that attracted me with its striking cover. I'd never come across them before and it was like nothing I had ever heard. I loved it, little realising then that I was starting back to front, with a band in the throes of falling apart. The wholly instrumental pieces work best here, especially November, a masterpiece. They are full of fiendish snaky rhythms that seem always on the point of disintegrating but, largely due to Liebezeit's extraordinary technique, eventually find their way back again. Likewise Karoli's brittle guitar work, where elusive strands of melody surface just often enough for it to avoid collapsing into noise.

Reputedly the band members themselves didn't like Out of Reach and I suppose their opinion ought to count for something! It may help to explain why this album has been comparatively hard to come by over the decades, making the title oddly apt. I know this is a long way from the experimentalism of Tago Mago and the arthaus madness of Damo Suzuki but it is a late and surprising return to form (I later learned). After Suzuki left, album by album Can moved away from their signature meandering improvisations towards tighter, shorter compositions. By the time of Flow Motion and Saw Delight, good though these albums were compared with the competition, they were pale shadows of the work on which Can's reputation had been founded. Out of Reach harks back to the earlier Can. It contains perhaps their final collective expressions of genius. One star? I don't think so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of hand, 19 Jan. 2015
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Often disregarded out of hand Can's penultimate lp before their initial split contains some of their most fluid and complex playing.

Probably the best of their later works Out of reach is similar in spirit to its predecessor Saw delight but seems to explore more fully the more constructed polyrhythmic pieces that characterised the band's later output:imagine a more quirky Santana.

Dense with layers of melody but light on its toes no inch of space is wasted.Mostly consisting of instrumentals the three vocals range from the ostensibly banal disco nursery rhyme of Pauper's daughter to the odd chant of Like Inobe God.Neat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curioso, 21 Jan. 2015
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Not Cans' best album by any stretch of the imagination but an interesting experiment nonetheless. For hardcore fans only. The new mix is very good, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Without Prejudice, 15 May 2009
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This is my favourite Can recording. I cannot understand the slagging off of Rosko's vocals - he is a far bettter singer than Karoli/Schmidt/Mooney let alone the lamentable Damo Suzuki who only seems to be lionised by virtue of the sheer ineptitude of his performances (much like the similar John L of Ash Ra Tempel). Whilst there is little of the minimalism of old (easily understandable by the fashionista - hence far more street credible) the music on this album really shines and is incredibly joyous.

I can only presume that the band's own dislike of this recording is due to their memories of the fragmentary state of their inter-personal relationships at the time allied to the fact that they realised they had sadly gone as far as they could go.
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1.0 out of 5 stars their nadir - not even for completists, 8 Feb. 2007
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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How the mighty are fallen. Can's inspiration and creativity had decreased considerably over the previous 3 years or so but nevertheless their previous few albums (Landed, Flow Motion, even the largely mediocre Saw Delight) are towering works of genius next to this uninspired collection. I think they knew how bad it was when they released it - the title could easily refer to their inability to connect with their creative spark. But if they didn't realise it then, they certainly did subsequently - they've so completely disowned it that it's never been reissued on their Spoon label. I can only say that this decision was completely justified - there's no point whatever in buying this depressing album.
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