Neu!: Michael Rother (guitar, zither, piano, bass, percussion, electronics); Klaus Dinger (guitar, bandoneon, Farfisa piano, percussion, electronics).
Recorded in Germany in January 1973.
One of the most influential of the multitudes who flew the Krautrock banner in the early 1970s, Neu! defined their own subgenre, known as "motorik," whose urgent repetitions are reminiscent of traveling at high speeds down Germany's Autobahn highway. The minimalist structure and unrelenting intensity of their self-titled debut album (also known as NEU! 1) had a direct effect on everyone from the Fall to Stereolab; the Neu! influence in modern rock is so pervasive that it's often taken for granted. But hearing the intersection of the choppy, heavily processed guitars; the monomaniacal, locomotive rhythms; and the Velvet Underground-in-outer-space modal format of the mostly instrumental songs, one realizes that the subsequent decades of rock music would have sounded significantly different if this album had never existed.
Rolling Stone (7/5/01, p.145) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Bridges the gap between rock and art like no one before or since...When they ran out of money for this album midway through recording it, they simply filled up the rest with slowed-down and speeded-up versions of old songs!..."
Q (7/01, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...In addition to inventing the motorik beat...Neu! also invented the remix album....these are completed tracks combined with a strategic hand on the turntable..."
Alternative Press (7/01, pp.82-3) - "...The perfect sound forever."
Magnet (6-7/01, p.105) - "...The odd man out of [their] trilogy; half of it comprises abstract collisions of tapes being looped, repeated, mangled and played at incorrect speeds - the first rock remix, perhaps..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.122) - "...Brought their prankstersim to the fore..."
NME (Magazine) (6/2/01, p.39) - 7 out of 10 - "...beautiful and disturbing..."