Brian Eno

Begegnungen II

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More offerings from Eno, Moebius, Roedelius, Plank, and Neumeier, Begegnungen II is the equivalent of its predecessor. The tracks on the compilation (recorded in 1976-1983) are an appealing mix of artsy electronic ambiance and progressive Krautrock. Eno's mechanical "Broken Head" stands out as the only vocal track -- a dark, almost oppressive industrial tune not unlike early Gary Numan, but warmer. "Speed Display," originally recorded for Moebius, Plank, and Neumeier's Zero Set, is a fantastic showcase for Mani Neumeier's speed and endurance as a percussionist. He generates an incredible rhythmic groove, supplemented by sparkling synthesizer flourishes. Roedelius shines with two contributions to the set. His atmospheric "Mr. Livingstone," an Asian-influenced synth piece with complementary percussion, is pleasantly reminiscent of the opening to "The Colony of Slippermen" from Genesis' Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Along similar lines, the warm colors of "Langer Atem" may have been inspired by Eno's more melodic ambient work, perhaps Music for Films. Elsewhere on the record, Moebius and Plank's "Conditionierer" scores as upbeat, quirky synth rock. The well-crafted recordings on the Begegnungen albums are easily some of the most interesting compositions by all involved; the albums therefore serve as excellent introductions to the musicians' work.

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