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ocrakraut -
90
Under the Radar Pt.20

Most interesting and promising contemporary german band I know of these days. Coming from Munich they write another chapter of the City´s history of music coming from an intellectual background. The lyrics contain few words that are chosen perfectly to create a feeling of anger and resistance. The singer uses her unique voice opposite to most other female singers these days. No seduction, no hip depression, no artificial insecurity - just angry fire. Like ... read more

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ocrakraut -
65
Like a stadium rock version of Melt Banana´s Charlie -Yes that´s my problem with this record : the sound., A fatness made to overwhelm me and the often cited Pop Appeal (or melodic appeal) borrows more from Stadium-Indie like Green Day or Kings of Leon. And yeah that might be new - to confront a very masculine genre with an anarchic chaos like that...Never the less if that´s ahead of it´s time than tell me what Charlie by Melt Banana was by today´s ... read more
ocrakraut -
85
Roses from the dumping-ground of popular music

Merhaba is amongst the most beautiful songs I know.
It´s featured on this record in a sparse version only accompanied by a saz (turkish long neck lute)
This song is the reason why I added this record (and Livaneli).

Livaneli released this record whilst still in exile in Sweden.
He fled Turkey during the right wing dictatorship to become a prolific musician known throughout Europe. His work later in his life was often accompanied by ... read more
ocrakraut -
85
Music has never been that inventive and adventurous as the years 1976 - 1986. A decade that gave us Punk / Post-Punk / Hip-Hop / Rap / Techno / House / ON-U Sound Dub / Lo-Fi Cassettes / Ambient / Darkwave / EBM / Italodance / No Wave / Free Funk / Kwaito / Indie....

Those styles weren´t just around (like today) they were invented - born - brought to live - and here is a typical product of this time.

Imagine London - Post Punk 1981: A unique singer Ari Up of Slits fame collaborates ... read more
ocrakraut -
100
Under the Radar Pt.4

This record is far from flawless, not all tracks are great but it features some tracks that are the epitome of their radical,funky,raw, shamanic madness. Any record that includes music like We are time - genius or lunatic - thief of fire in those versions is a straight 100 to me. Why? Because I never heard anything that stuck in my brain like those tracks for almost 40 years now.
ocrakraut -
95
Almost as good-spooky-mad as their We Are Time record
So copy/paste
This record is far from flawless, not all tracks are great but it features some tracks that are almost the epitome of their radical, funky, raw, shamanic madness. Any record that includes music like We are Time - She´s beyond Good and Evil - Thief of Fire is a straight 90+ to me. Why? Because I never heard anything that stuck in my brain like those tracks for almost 40 years now.

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Mar 28, 2021
Awww thank you! I try lol
Mar 26, 2021
Thanks for the follow! Really great reviews!
Mar 25, 2021
@DwightKSchrute coming from the motherland of beer-brewing I assume you misspelled beer and I would answer Schroll Bräu from Nankendorf
Mar 24, 2021
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Mar 22, 2021
yes, good stuff right here! Thanks for the add, not sure how I never noticed your account until today!
Feb 11, 2021
@rich1977 thanks a lot for the recommendation and it makes me happy to see you using my account the way I use yours: for inspiration
Feb 7, 2021
Great stuff. Whenever I'm looking for something new to listen to I know I can rely on @ocrakraut . Thanks most recently for Lollise ("It Goes On") and for Karen jonas, brand new to me. Many more before those. If you have time and yet to hear: Jane Birkin's new album is a keeper and worth the effort to transcribe and translate the lyrics.
Jan 26, 2021
Hello, I love your album reviews.
My new EP, a very short one has just released. Will be grateful if you listen and review it. I need honest review, it could be harsh but I want to know what people thinks and how can I improve. There's is some Hindi Lyrics (very few) but the 90% of the album is English. Attaching the AOTY and Spotify link. Will be grateful forever if you respond. 🙏🙏

AOTY▶️ https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/325405-bodhisattya-pal-astronomers-dilemma.php

SPOTIFY▶️ https://open.spotify.com/album/0DMLqhpaQ44jPQGOAkTEoF?si=vz1cnEAARuq_hRNLkxRkKA
Jan 11, 2021
Thank you very much my friend! Yes I noticed you were away, I hope this little break did you good!
Jan 4, 2021
Happy New Year my friend (:

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human, born in the booming years of the last century, playing music and listening to music for half a century. I listen to anything that touches me, still curious... I usually hate music as a tapestry satisfying my need to hear sounds that keep me safe due to cliches I already heard before.

Most of my ratings will be very good as I mostly rate things that I want to support due to their quality.

I will skip most of my dislikes as long as I´m not confronted by them on a daily basis (tx kids)

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