#284 Faust – Faust IV

Original line-up of the German krautrock group Faust released their last album Faust IV in 1973. They are not well known in the USA. What is Krautrock? According to Wikipedia it “is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in Germany in the late 1960s among bands drawing on diverse sources such as psychedelic rock, electronic music, the avant-garde, funk, minimalism, jazz improvisation, and world music styles.” I thought it would be good to finally define it since we have another band Can in this list, which is under this umbrella.

The first song “Krautrock” is almost twelve minutes of instrumental bliss. Where have you been all my life? This is the type of music I would listen to in the late 80s to relax.

Jennifer” was considered a sells-out song by the fans in 1973. It is one of the best songs on the album, even though it has vocals. Oddly, nobody in the band is listed for vocals in Wikipedia.

This album makes me want to hear their earlier work. It is a musical journey that I wish I could have taken a long time ago. Parts of the album are better in the context of the whole work of art. It is a pleasant album to listen to and belongs in the list. 9.7/10.

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