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on 14 February 2011
I have decided to post a comment on this album simply as a way of offering a slightly different perspective. But first, a statement:
Neu! were indeed, influential. Listening to this CD now you hear bits and pieces of other tracks all over the place (susprised no-one has mentioned Sonic Youth as someone influenced). This speaks volumes about their influence, and as such, this is a valuable document.
Right - with that out of the way, how good is the actual music? Let me start by saying that avant garde/experimental music is something I truly enjoy. I have interests that encompass rock, jazz, classical and beyond. In other words - 'way out' is something I can easily take in my stride.
When it came to Neu! (who I came to by way of an obsessive interest in Klaus Schulze) I was expecting something radical. However, that didn't transpire. In fact, I was surprised at how conventional some of this sounds. There are glimpses of experimental stuff, but the longer performances are things that don't exactly extend the format very much.
Now, AT THE TIME IT WAS RELEASED this was no doubt something outstanding. I do get that. I do appreciate that. I'm simply talking about my own experience of listening in 2011.
For me the most interesting track is the second one, which is quite radical. But when the hippy/trippy long guitar based instrumentals start that I was glad that I had other innovators to fall back on (such as Tom Verlaine's instrumental albums, and soundtracks).
To be honest, overall this CD won't be too much of a challenge for music fans today. It's influences have been well documented, and it's styles and systems have been consumed, spat back out, and recycled over and over again since the early 70's.
I take nothing away from Neu - but I did want to put forward a more modern viewpoint. If you're in awe of an original - Neu have a lot to offer. If you think it might still today pack a punch - and you're familiar with avant garde innovators - then there isn't much here that pushes the envelope. Time has caught up with Neu.