Anscha — Anscha
((Not on label) Anscha Records, 2000, CD)
by Jerry Baiden, Published 2001-03-01
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.
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