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((Not on label) Anscha Records, 2000, CD)

by Jerry Baiden, Published 2001-03-01

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This is a very good example of good “musical” ideas ruined by an out-of-control singer. “Musical,” here meaning instrumental ideas. The vocalizations of the singer, Andreas Hagen, simply overwhelm the listening experience with a cluttering confusion, killing off any hope for a substantive statement from this band. Hagen’s vocalizations are indecipherable gibberish, sometimes sounding like he’s singing while flapping his lips with his index finger. He actually never sings a recognizable word even in his native tongue of German. The instrumentalists, Robert Fechtig (bass, guitars), Andreas Ruf (keyboards), and Christian Donfeld (drums) are very good on their own. They have a jazz-fusion sound with nice ideas and chord changes throughout. Unfortunately, it’s the vocalist’s band, and for this reason, this CD of over 68 minutes makes for an incredibly tedious listen.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 2000 releases

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