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Panzerballett - Tank Goodness

Panzerballett - Tank Goodness

Label : Gentle Art Of Music | Archive under fusion / jazz

Release type: Full-length CD

Bart D. : Panzerballett are more than willing to jump on the freaky train. They even got Mattias IA Eklundh to add some grit and groove to their record on the track 'The IKEA Trauma'. The other fragment of their identity is jazz, which is complemented by a great adrenaline appearance of Randy Brecker. But these two fragments don't really seem to mix, despite the great saxophone and bass on every track. My bet: they are trying too hard. It's too clean, it's more mathematics than groove, especially on the part of the guitars and drums. And that's not jealousy speaking - it wouldn't make sense to deny the huge chops of these musicians.

The saxophone is a delight, and all clean parts are by far superior to the extremely heavy metal staccato parts. 'Zehrfunk' for instance develops into a great song after a hesitant start - it ends up just going with the groove, not trying too hard to add in all sort of forced jokes. But too often the start-stops on the album are of such a nature that the emphasis ends up on the stops - like watching a stop-motion animation that is more about the stops than about the originally intended motion.

There is still plenty of phat stuff around, even when the influences are out-loud. 'Mustafari Likes di Carnival' could partly be on a Freak Guitar record and on a hip jazz record. This experience of highly fragmented music is perhaps a very post-modern statement of the band, but it doesn't lead to a fluent listening experience. One most likely will be real picky about what parts to like and what parts to skip - ending in a nervous battle with the skip-and-rewind buttons. So, all in all, goodie bags for the effort of doing something off the hook, but as is the danger with ignoring the hook too much: it is not really catching on with the ears, brains and hear(t)beat in equal measures.

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