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Wurdah Itah

1 rating: 5.0
An album by Christian Vander and Magma
1 review about Wurdah Itah

ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I OWN.

  • Dec 6, 2007
Rating:
+5
Magma's "zeuhl" music is a tough sell -- merging minimalist composition, opera, jazz, 20th century classical, and rock music sounds fine enough, but when it's so otherworldly and indiosyncratic one might be suspicious. This attitude will only result in missing some of the greatest music! _Wurdah Itah_ remains my favorite Magma masterpiece. Rather than the intense orchestral backdrops of, say, _Mekanik Destruktiv Kommandoh_, composer Christan Vander's focus here is stripped-down, clear sound groups. Gone is the all the brass, and the group is down to rather percussive basics, with only Christian Vander (voice, electric & acoustic piano, drums), Jannick Top (bass), and other vocalists Klaus Blasquiz and Rene Garber. Every great band has an album that seems to capture them are their most "hard"-core. _Wurdah Itah_ is that album for Magma. So while perhaps not as big as some other wonderful Magma releases like _Kohntarkosz_ or _MDK_, it captures them are their most pure. The music is like unlike almost anything and still stands apart from later groups who followed closely in their footsteps. Main qualities are make-up language, a stravinskian modernism, irregular rhythms, intense crescendos and militaristic rumbles of piano and bass and elated vox, and drums that show Vander is really an unheralded master of his craft. There is an ostensibly simplicity - vocal melodies are often confined to just three or four notes, and rhythms seem repetitious in nature, but these threads are manipulated, inverted and juxtaposed powerfully. It can be dark intensity to this but it's mostly emotionally invigorating. There is no austerity in this music despite its strangeness - I find it is beautifully intelligible and pleasant. There are very few albums in my collection more enjoyed than this. And just a final note: Magma is not really mentioned on this album, it's technically a Christian Vander release, and I guess it was some kind of soundtrack. But it is absolute Magma, I promise.

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Release Date: October 31, 2006

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