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Hmm.. I'm going into this one with a bit of trepidation given what I've heard of Neu!'s post-'75 material in the past and the incredibly acrimonious history of these tracks.. As far as I know this stuff was previously only available on the Neu! 4 bootleg which Michael Rother had always bitterly disowned and this is the first time it's come out with his say-so, newly remixed and reordered.. Qu ...

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NEU! ´86 by Neu!
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6/10 Brett Staff review, 12 August 2010

Hmm.. I'm going into this one with a bit of trepidation given what I've heard of Neu!'s post-'75 material in the past and the incredibly acrimonious history of these tracks.. As far as I know this stuff was previously only available on the Neu! 4 bootleg which Michael Rother had always bitterly disowned and this is the first time it's come out with his say-so, newly remixed and reordered.. Quite whether Klaus Dinger would've agreed with the resulting album is a matter for debate I guess. It's pretty well known that Dinger and Rother had pretty different ideas of where to take the band even early on but while that tension worked out perfectly on '75, creating classics like the proto-punk 'Hero', it's nothing like as successful on the majority of this record and the addition of New Wave influences with some VERY 80s sounds and production values don't help matters a great deal. It's not a total washout by any means, there are definitely moments to enjoy (if sometimes in a weird sort of way), just don't go into it expecting anything very comparable to their best early work (just officially reissued on vinyl for the first time in years). No shame in that in itself.. There ain't much out there anywhere that gets close to that stuff, for my money!




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