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Faust - Faust (2001) Retail CD
Prog-Rock/ Art Rock
The first time I played this album, I was left in a state of total bewilderment. I already knew Faust, but this seemed more on the left than the Faust tapes. It appeared to be a totally confused impenetrable cacophony. I dedcided to try it again later - much later! I had read enthusiastic reviews by the likes of Julian Cope and John Peel, proclaiming about the transparent vinyl and sleeve(though the Rer re-issue is reduced to the X-ray fist on a white background) as well as the whole forward thinking, ahead of its time, revolutionary vibe of the music. When I came to listen again, my previousmore… impressions were totally transformed; here was a strange mix of bizarre instrumentation, concrete sounds, choral effects and Dadaist lyrics.The first track "Why don't you eat carrots?", is a kind of deranged fuzzed out Bavarian dance band with reversed vocals and effects overlaid with a massive gurgling synth. "Meadow Meal" which follows, is a more standard Faust freak out, sandwiched between an abstract chant, a thunderstorm (real) and rainy day organ. What would have been side 2 of the LP is "Miss Fortune", a mid-tempo Velvet Underground style cruiser with wah apparently on at least three instruments, incorporating along the way more strange singing and much weirdness. Suddenly, just before the end, the whole album is pulled into sharp focus, crystallising what the music has been trying to put across all the way through, with a short acoustic guitar and spoken piece by Jean -Herve Peron.This album is certainly unconventional, but each segment never outstays its welcome. Everything you could want from this band is here, unless of course You Don't Know Faust!!
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- Faust - Faust (2001) Retail CD
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