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Faust IV

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Coming on the heels of the cut-and-paste sound-collage schizophrenia of The Faust Tapes, Faust IV seems relatively subdued and conventional, though it's still a far cry from what anyone outside the German avant-garde rock scene was doing. The album's disparate threads don't quite jell into something larger (as in the past), but there's still much to recommend it. The nearly 12-minute electro-acoustic opener "Krautrock" is sometimes viewed as a comment on Faust's droning, long-winded contemporaries, albeit one that would lose its point by following the same conventions. There are a couple of oddball pop numbers that capture the group's surreal sense of whimsy: one, "The Sad Skinhead," through its reggae-ish beat, and another, "It's a Bit of a Pain," by interrupting a pastoral acoustic guitar number with the most obnoxious synth noises the band can conjure. Aside from "Krautrock," there is a trend toward shorter track lengths and more vocals, but there are still some unpredictably sudden shifts in the instrumental pieces, even though it only occasionally feels like an idea is being interrupted at random (quite unlike The Faust Tapes). There are several beat-less, mostly electronic soundscapes full of fluttering, blooping synth effects, as well as plenty of the group's trademark Velvet Underground-inspired guitar primitivism, and even a Frank Zappa-esque jazz-rock passage. Overall, Faust IV comes off as more a series of not-always-related experiments, but there are more than enough intriguing moments to make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, it would be the last album the group recorded (at least in its first go-round).
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Krautrock (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:11:48

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

2
The Sad Skinhead (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:02:36

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Jennifer (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:07:12

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer - Michael Donaldson, Arranger, Work Arranger

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Just A Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic On A Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableaux (2006 - Remaster)
00:03:35

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Giggy Smile (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:07:46

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:08:08

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

7
It's A Bit Of A Pain (2006 Digital Remaster)
00:03:08

Faust, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer - Werner Diermaier, Composer - Guenther Wuesthoff, Composer - Jean Peron, Composer - Rudolf Sosna, Composer - Hans Irmler, Composer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

DISC 2

1
Jennifer
00:04:49

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Michael Donaldson, Arranger, Work Arranger

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

2
The Sad Skinhead
00:03:21

Faust, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Just A Second (Starts Like That!) (Extended Version)
00:10:32

Faust, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Piano Piece
00:05:58

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft
00:04:14

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Giggy Smile
00:05:55

Faust, Composer, MainArtist - Uwe Nettlebeck, Producer

(C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2006 Virgin Records Ltd

Album Description

Coming on the heels of the cut-and-paste sound-collage schizophrenia of The Faust Tapes, Faust IV seems relatively subdued and conventional, though it's still a far cry from what anyone outside the German avant-garde rock scene was doing. The album's disparate threads don't quite jell into something larger (as in the past), but there's still much to recommend it. The nearly 12-minute electro-acoustic opener "Krautrock" is sometimes viewed as a comment on Faust's droning, long-winded contemporaries, albeit one that would lose its point by following the same conventions. There are a couple of oddball pop numbers that capture the group's surreal sense of whimsy: one, "The Sad Skinhead," through its reggae-ish beat, and another, "It's a Bit of a Pain," by interrupting a pastoral acoustic guitar number with the most obnoxious synth noises the band can conjure. Aside from "Krautrock," there is a trend toward shorter track lengths and more vocals, but there are still some unpredictably sudden shifts in the instrumental pieces, even though it only occasionally feels like an idea is being interrupted at random (quite unlike The Faust Tapes). There are several beat-less, mostly electronic soundscapes full of fluttering, blooping synth effects, as well as plenty of the group's trademark Velvet Underground-inspired guitar primitivism, and even a Frank Zappa-esque jazz-rock passage. Overall, Faust IV comes off as more a series of not-always-related experiments, but there are more than enough intriguing moments to make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, it would be the last album the group recorded (at least in its first go-round).
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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