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This review is from: Faust / So Far (Audio CD)
Two Faust albums on one disc represents superb value as their entire 1970s output is first rate. A friend of mine has heard only one Faust track ('Sad Skinhead' from their fourth album) and his impression of them is based entirely on that. If he knew. You can't form an impression of this lot unless you listen to everything because you don't know what's coming next.
The first album here consists of three tracks which don't so much twist and turn as dart unexpectedly in different directions. Subtle electronic effects give the music a cosmic spice which you're not likely to notice at first because your attention is grabbed by the odd arrangements: an odd brass band tune here, startling vocal arrangements there, a hint of boogie among assorted weird noises, instruments chiming like a collection of clocks striking the hour, percussion hissing like a rattlesnake.
The second album, consisting of shorter tracks, is easier to get straight into, but is no less imaginative. Percussion is more significant on this album. There's the relentless plodding beat of 'It's A Rainy Day...' which sounds like the drum intro to a rock song simply continued right through the track. Meanwhile, some of these tracks have a tremendous groove to them, notably 'No Harm' and 'So Far', while I haven't figured out what that sound is that carries the beat on 'Mamie Is Blue'. Faust can also be mellow. The short second track sounds more like an
interlude from a Steve Hackett album than a Faust number.
It's one of those albums that reveals more with every play. If that's what you're looking for, give it a try.