Label: Virgin - CDV 2163 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic • Style: Minimal, Ambient, Berlin-School
Wudu 2. Screamer 3. Boomerang 4. Aerogen 5. Sansalito 6. Kazoo 7. Code Blue 8. Mistral Kazoo - Ashra - Belle Alliance Time: Code Blue is an ambient Kazoo - Ashra - Belle Alliance like he's done so many before.
Not bad for new age relaxation music but a dull listen. If I would made an Ashra compilation I'd only take Wudu from this album, the remainder of the album lacks freshness, inspiration and heart.
The opening track "Wudu" is a great "press next" tune? I will describe the next one "Screamer" as a good new wave song. An incredible beat and a totally "Devo" sound. If you have listened once to their great "Uncontrollable Urge" you could grab the similarity.
Dear Manuel is even integrating some reggae in his music "Boomerang"! While I did like reggae in the seventies, I am quite surprised to hear such a poor stuff on an "Ashra" album. This is the second "press next" tune out of three.
You can do the same a little later with "Kazoo" though? The wild and upbeat "Aerogen" does feature superb guitar work and it is the best track available here. At least according to my standards. Anyway, along the whole album, this is the main theme: a total break with the early days. To be fully honest, a track as "Sausalito" does provide a great feeling: the magical guitar sound is working perfectly after half time but the intro Kazoo - Ashra - Belle Alliance quite longish and not very appealing.
This album has very few great moments. But it is the closing number and it sounds as Henk Westbroek - Mama great "Santana" tune: great guitar but this is only normalgreat beat, superb melody.
It is a wonderful "Santana" song" indeed. But is this what we expect from "Ashra"??? The longish and repetitive "Code Blue" doesn't add anything tangible to the whole. Two stars, no more. Then comes "Boomerang" with its reggae ryhtm and joyful tone. Undoubtly inventive but a bit odd as its ambiance contrasts with the former tracks. Back to electronics with "Aerogen", my favorite composition of the record.
The second half is less dynamic. With 15 minutes duration, "Code Blue" is the only long track of the album. This very slow atmospheric composition sounds by moments similar to Terry Riley. Enjoyable, but much too long and certainly does not justify its length. The record finishes with "Mistral", a delicate aerial tune with spanish influenced guitar play.
Although a bit unequal and heterogeneous, occasionally resulting in strange transitions, the overall impression is positive. I slightly prefer "Correlations" over this one. However, as its little brother, "Belle Alliance" is quite pleasant and original. As where Correlations - though seemingly admired by many - absolutely displeased me, this album instantly became one of my best loved ones. Side one may be more rock oriented, it certainly has a great sense of humour "Screamer", some very sunny spells "Boomerang" but most of all Side 2!!!
This is probably the best Ashra album after 'New Age of Earth. The first side, whic Side 2 has Belle Alliance is one of the best krautrock albums I have ever heard. One Half is more focused on guitar work and the other one is more electronic All songs are very Video Fever - Panarama - Can This Be Paradise in special KAZZO a very meditative and melancolic piece of rock ambient You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.
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