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Magma — Attahk
(Tomato TOM-7021, 1978, LP)

by Rob Walker, Published 1995-11-01

Attahk Cover art

While Attahk continues in the same general musical direction set by Üdü Wüdü, the moods and emotions evoked on this album are decidedly more upbeat and positive. At times funky and at times jazzy, Vander's music on Attahk is thoroughly energetic and maintains a strong spiritual quality. A noticeable gospel influence has crept into the vocals, which are among the most acrobatic and dynamic on any Magma album. The seven pieces explore several stylistic variations on the Magma sound, all the while conveying a somewhat uncharacteristically hopeful and optimistic sentiment. Though the lyrics are still in Kobaïan, the pieces don't seem to directly relate to any of the previous elements of the Kobaïan concept. Attahk proves to be a very strong and engaging album, the last of Magma's studio efforts to fulfill the potential of Vander's musical vision.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1978 releases

Related artist(s): Magma, Christian Vander / Offering, Jean-Luc Chevalier

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