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This review is from: Strangely Isolated Place [Us Import] (Audio CD)
There's something about this disc. Everyone I know that's heard it, from hoodied greeboes to a 48-year-old hard-nosed reactionary porter (no joke) all can't sing its praises enough. Yeah I know, 9/10 reviews of albums on Amazon say, This is is the best album ever!!!! But trust me this one's worth it. Listening to ASIP is something else.
The opening track 'Gone Forever' unfolds with some shimmering, climbing chords that are like an aural equivalent of MDMA rushes, and that's pretty much how it stays for the next 61 minutes. Probably the best way to describe the music is 'fluidic'. The tempo does rise and dip occasionally, but mostly you're coasting on a mix of glowing, tuneful synths, mellow hip-hop beats, funky basslines and the occasional near-operatic vocals from Mr Schnauss' girlfriend Judith. Now if you're thinking, This all sounds a bit too new-age and Grim-Up-North-London for me, don't. This is not only a hundred times more honest than 'Authentic Chants Of The Navanno Tribe' or something like that, but also at least a hundred times better. It's genuinely tough to pick a favourite piece because they're all so great, although the closing title track really does something for me; it's an incredibly cinematic, epic opus that conjures up some wicked imagery. I've sat up for many a night listening to this trying to suss out how Ulrich gets his ideas and builds these tracks and I can only assume that he's something akin to a gifted genius. Hopefully this record will get a wider audience when Domino pick it up, although it would do just fine on word of mouth alone; I honestly can't think of one unfulfilled listener. With luck I've convinced you now to treat yourself (and undoubtedly your mates/family) to this unsung masterpiece from Berlin. Give it a spin and feel the tension and worries dissolve in A Strangely Isolated Place. (Cheesy... but true!). Top marks.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2010 21:50:05 BDT
Tony Euston says:
I had only heard On My Own b4 I bought this disc. That track is pure pop. The rest is pure pap.
Posted on 24 Apr 2012 16:39:22 BDT
Brilliant review. You summed it up totally.
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 18:49:07 GMT
S. T. Garratt says:
I agree 100% with this review. I have only just recently HEARD of Ulrich Schnauss, having heard tracks on the Chill DAB radio station and subsequent goodies via You Tube. I have just ordered this album and will eventually purchase the rest! Yet another German miracle to match my old favourites Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Robert Schroeder and Kraftwerk.
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