"Crazy, dead, betrayed", says Renate Knaup, who threw off her toad tail years ago, in the second song "Du kommst ins Heim". "Düülirium", a fine title for this quasi-comeback album by the Munich Krautrock institution, which will be playing here with the best line-up (Knaup is joined by her long-time comrades-in-arms Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid and Daniel Fichelscher). As song title he appeared as bonus track of the 2007-release of the album "Wolf City". It is not included on this CD. 2009 saw the last studio sign of life so far. You could download "Bee As Such" only via the website, it has never been officially released on a record. The band, which emerged in 1968 from the political artist community of Amon Düül, and of which just five early albums have been released in remastered versions on vinyl, has never lost its experimental character. And even if in contrast to many tracks of the early works "Düülirium" seems easy to consume, it still offers enough space for influences from the great musical cosmos. This is to be taken literally, because in recent years Amon Düül II have integrated more and more world music elements into their sound. In the first part of the twenty-six-minute "Back To The Rules/Walking In The Park" they skilfully mix them with jazzy atmospheric sounds. Knaup puts her voice over it like Yoko Ono once did. In the second part Weinzierl and Karrer first counter with their electric guitars. Small side paths open up again and again in the three other tracks. Even if a song like "Standing In The Shadow" is comparatively mainstream, Amon Düül II can't be determined. Knaup always improvises with her voice and the sometimes English, sometimes German lyrics. In other words, the herb is sprouting!
Top track: Standing In The Shadow