Can
Soundtracks


3.5
great

Review

by USER (27 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2015 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unlike their critically acclaimed albums, Soundtracks plays it safe by taking no risks, but is still entertaining throughout.

During a period in which Can’s original vocalist, Malcolm Mooney, had left the band and newly hired vocalist, Damo Suzuki, had been just settling in, Can took a break from their studio session to instead focus on writing songs for various movie soundtracks. While doing so, they took two songs recorded with Mooney and five songs recorded with Suzuki and compiled them into what is widely considered to be their second studio album: Soundtracks.

While it isn’t technically a studio album since all seven songs were originally written and released with the intention of being in film, the album is so well organized that it’s difficult to even notice that it’s technically a compilation. Particularly, the shift from opener “Deadlock” to “Tango Whiskyman” is almost a segue in its seamless transition (though it could be argued that this is because they were originally recorded and used for the same movie.) Also, because the tracklist was set in favor of flow over chronological release, it’s noticeable that Can meant for Soundtracks to even be listened to as if it were a studio album.

Now what about the songs themselves" Sadly, even Suzuki’s best moments on the album fail to reach even half of brilliance of the high points on the critically-acclaimed Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, and Future Days. However, “Mother Sky” foreshadows what is to come on the longer songs of their critically-acclaimed period. Clocking in at about 14 and a half minutes, "Mother Sky" is three quarters as long as the rest of the album. Another interesting track,“Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone,” displays a unique example of angst not usually found in progressive rock as he demands for his solitude. Oddly enough though, it isn’t Suzuki’s epic who steals the show on Soundtracks.

“She Brings the Rain,” which is sang by Mooney, is easily the most memorable, emotional, and even commercial-sounding song on the entire album. Mooney refrains from using his typical aggressive and raspy chants, to a more sweet and endearing croon as he sings lyrics akin to vivid poetry. Not only does this tie the album together beautifully, but it also makes one wish that Mooney had provided at least one song similar on Can’s debut, Monster Movie, which was where Mooney had gotten his primary spotlight.

Instrumentally, most of the songs follow a similar style of late 60s/early 70s psychedelic progressive rock. Despite being considered part of the krautrock scene, (and having albums that follow more typical krautrock experimentation,) Can is far more humble on Soundtracks. Playful drums and strong lead guitar lines that still manage to be mellow and spacey dominate the first six tracks, but yet again, “She Brings the Rain” is stylistically different. Lead by a dominate bassline and accompanied by a floaty rhythm guitar and orchestral strings, the song barely even passes for rock, let alone progressive rock. What’s even more interesting is the complete lack of percussion on the song, when the rest of the of the album was filled with incredibly active drums. If anything, “She Brings the Rain” is best described as a lounge song trapped on a prog album.

Overall, Soundtracks, is hardly daring and could even be considered boring by some fans of their critically-acclaimed period since Can is typically an experimental band, but overall, it’s probably best to consider Soundtracks to be a charming mid-step between Mooney’s Can and Suzuki’s Can.

Highlights: “Tango Whiskeyman”, “Mother Sky”, “She Brings the Rain”



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ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

She Brings the Rain is top 10 Can, possibly even top 5 :P



Also thanks Manosg for the help.

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Fort23
September 23rd 2015


3017 Comments


Caaaan doooood

IHateRadiohead
September 23rd 2015


342 Comments


You just reminded me that I still haven't listened to Future Days.

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


Bad review

ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So you negged my review because some other assholes negged your review and kept call it bad? Try displacing your anger somewhere else please.

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


It's bad because you're a mediocre writing whose arrogance comes through in his writing.

ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"You're a mediocre writing"



If you're going to criticize my writing, at least write a proper sentence.

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


Deflect all you want, but while you're at it, try to actually improve your writing, because this is downright fucking lazy.

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


See, doesn't feel good does it? Practice what you preach.

Also I'm going to now say the review is well written so you won't whine so much to your boys

ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"See, doesn't feel good does it? Practice what you preach. "



I never negged your review. I never even read it. All I ever said to you was that you treat music objectively when it should be treated subjectively and that you overreact.

KrazyKris
September 23rd 2015


2749 Comments


Which I both second.

Pos'd by the way.

Tunaboy45
September 23rd 2015


16698 Comments


Pos'd because the review is well written

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Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


So, we're cool?

ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure dude.

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


8797 Comments LOL!! Sry I'm just noticing that now. Dude, do you ever go outside?

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


No offense

Ryus
September 23rd 2015


16870 Comments


lmfao

Ryus
September 23rd 2015


16870 Comments


solid review ars
ive only heard tago mago, its pretty good but not great

ArsMoriendi
September 23rd 2015


24720 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"8797 Comments LOL!! Sry I'm just noticing that now. Dude, do you ever go outside?"



I've been on this website for 3 years, so it's not actually that much.



Also Ryus, Tago Mago is like a 5/5 though :o

Marinatchae
September 23rd 2015


112 Comments


That's what, like 12 comments per day? Do the math. Regardless, that's a lot of time over such a long period...



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