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Popol Vuh



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2 stars In den Gärten Pharaos is the second studio album from German experimental rock act Popol Vuh. It´s safe to say that I wasn´t very impressed with the debut album from Popol Vuh called Affenstunde (1970) and I wasn´t expecting too much from In den Gärten Pharaos. I´ve been pleasantly surprised though as I feel that In den Gärten Pharaos is a step forward for Popol Vuh.

Like the debut In den Gärten Pharaos consist mostly of ambient synth sounds and some percussion. The music is very repetitive and it´s unfortunately trying my patience more than once during the playing time. The album only consists of two side long tracks. The 17:37 minute long title track is the most interesting song for me while the 19:48 minute long Vuh overstays its welcome by at least 15 minutes IMO. The title track has some pretty great percussion parts but the song is so slow building that it has trouble keeping my attention. The same can be said about Vuh which is even more slow building and repetitive.

The musicianship is allright. The synth parts are not very challenging but this music is about atmosphere and not complex playing. The percussion parts are well played.

The production is pretty good and I enjoy certain parts of the album because of the good sound quality.

In den Gärten Pharaos is as I said a step forward from the debut but still doesn´t interest me much. Recommended to fans of very slow building and ambient music. I can´t give it more than 2 BIG stars as this doesn´t even come close to my personal taste. Groundbreaking it might have been back then but in the end reviews reflect personal opinions and taste. This album doesn´t hit mine.

UMUR | 2/5 |


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