Can Flow Motion
Maybe you don't see it, But if I want to be a fool Why don't you let me be it? Can appears to be completely out of ideas on this one, and resorsts to creating an album of simple, uninteresting pop songs. Okay, not totally uninteresting, there are some Can Flow Motion guitar solos from time to time, and a couple of songs are broken up by some Can-like sound effects, but generally uninteresting.
What Can Flow Motion get here is some proto-disco, reggae, one surf waltz tune, a little electronica, and all completely forgettable. What's missing are the great rhythms Dave Porter Breaking Bad playful explorations of the earlier Can albums.
I don't know if they were going for radio airplay and accessabilty or what, but this album misses the mark. The opening I Want More is a fun pop song, very similar to what Kraftwerk would be doing soon after.
Of course Can uses acoustic drums and a great delayed guitar effect, but the feel is very similar to Kraftwerk and the 80's synth pop that it spawned. Cascade Waltz is - you can guess it? Laugh Till is a reggae Can Flow Motion and together with Babylon Pearl it's the weakest track on the album. Not because it's reggae but simply because both are really uninspired song. Smoke Can Flow Motion essential though.
Call it very dark world music. There's really no end to the imaginative power of this band. The closing Flow Motion is an extended spacey guitar solo on a hypnotizing reggae rhythm. Los Dementes Soneros Somos man!
With 28 minutes of enjoyable music Can Flow Motion which 20 minutes are excellent, 3 stars are deserved. Possibly, to change the direction wasn't a bad idea, the year wasand new generation with their own music was coming. Reggae, ska and Funk all aren't bad ideas themselves whenever their smell was all around on the streets. But - the recipe of this brew is under the question.
As a result "Flow Can Flow Motion is quite sunny and funny album, with almost danceable rhythms. There's a newfound smoothness to the group's interplay, which Holger Czukay attributes to an interest in reggae music, yet the Caribbean influence is quite subtle; only on "Cascade Waltz" and, particularly, "Laugh Till You Cry Live Till You Die" is there a noticeable reggae lilt.
The two highlight tracks are "Smoke," a wild, Moroccan-styled entry in their ever-growing Ethnological Forgery Series, and the limber title track, a ten-and-a-half minute instrumental groove that recalls the best moments of earlier albums like Soon Over Babaluma. By no means one of Can 's very best albums, Flow Motion deserves better than its poor reputation in some circles.
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