|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

NEU! 2

Rate It! Avg: 4.0 (70 ratings)

We’re sorry. This album is unavailable for download in your country (United States) at this time.

NEU! 2 album cover
01
Fuer Immer (forever)
11:17  
02
Spitzenqualitaet
3:35  
03
Gedenkminute (fuer A+K)
2:06  
04
Lila Engel (lilac angel)
4:37  
05
Neuschnee 78
2:32  
06
Super 16
3:39  
07
Neuschnee
4:07  
08
Cassetto
1:48  
09
Super 78
1:36  
10
Hallo Excentrico!
3:44  
11
Super
3:11  
Album Information
EDITOR'S PICK

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:12

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Write a Review 7 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar

Neu 2 is great!

HerculesMulligan

This is a really good record. I like it so much.

user avatar

oh wow...

betriix

i just discovered this band, and they are so good it just kills me! not everyone will love them for sure, but you should be able to tell after listening to a few samples. it is different from anything else i've ever heard and completely refreshing. give it a listen. i also recommend neu! 75. anything you can get.

user avatar

by track

duggie

The first four tracks were Side A of the LP. They are all excellent. On Side B, "Neuschnee" and "Super" were released as a single before the album was released. The 16/78 tracks are those songs played at different speeds with some slight changes. "Cassetto" is "Fuer Immer" played on a broken cassette player. "Hallo Excentrico!" is "Neuschnee" played at different speeds with the band talking over it. You can do without these "remixes", but you'll miss out on some of the fun.

user avatar

Lila Engel done justice by James Plotkin

AgentA

It's the best track on the Homage to Neu! compilation: http://www.emusic.com/album/10600/10600184.html

user avatar

A must have for making mix tapes!

starpower

A must have for making mix tapes! (Oh, I date myself - I mean for filling a friend's mp3 player or making a CDR). Throw in some Stereolab, Kinsky and even some Prolapse if you dare! Sounds less dated than other Krautrock, like Guru Guru (tho' they have their moments too).

user avatar

seminal

Legree

Every track is priceless. Emusic pulled the first album! Neeeiiiinnnn!

eMusic Features

1

Who Is…Tycho

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

When Scott Hansen moved to San Francisco for college in 1995, he was a rock fan. "I was listening to Megadeth and the Doors and Led Zeppelin when I came out here," he says. Soon, he met some school chums who played him some electronic/dance staples: LTJ Bukem and Roni Size and DJ Shadow. When he finished school, he moved to Sacramento, where he got involved with a local IDM scene with ties to the… more »

1

Six Degrees of Loveless

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

1

Six Degrees of Loveless

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

0

The Noise of Neu!

By Philip Sherburne, Contributor

No history of electronic music would be complete without a chapter dedicated to Kraftwerk, the German quartet who introduced synthesizers and chugging, "motorik" rhythms to pop music - and in so doing laid the groundwork for techno (and left no small mark upon hip-hop as well, given that their "Trans-Europe Express" was heavily sampled for Afrika Baambaata's "Planet Rock"). Fewer genealogists of electronica remember to include the contributions of a group called NEU!, but the… more »

0

Behold the Shoes: A Brief History of Shoegaze

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

No, it's not a great name: "shoegazing." Very few artists who've actually played in that style like the term; Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai has called it "a dumb term made up by clueless... idiots... if someone called us shoegazers, I'd be pretty unhappy." The other leading candidate seems to be "dreampop," which is also not quite satisfactory. But we're stuck with those words, because it's undeniable that there's a certain tendency in rock music, especially British… more »

They Say All Music Guide

After the considerable success of their self-titled debut album, Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother set out ambitiously to record a follow-up. Virtually everything went wrong. The first of the artistic and personal differences that existed between them not only began to surface, but to flourish in the face of a nearly impossible studio deadline and overly tight budget. While the basic Neu! sound was not an issue, how to augment it was. As both a guitarist and a composer, Rother had already begun moving in the direction he would end up in with Moebius and Rodelius in Harmonia, and on his later solo recordings: a more unified, melodic, airy, and soaring sound that was full of light and yearning. Dinger, on the other hand, was looking for more anarchy, more chaos, and rock & roll dynamics. He wanted a music that was as dramatic and confrontational as he was. It’s amazing this album turned out as well as it did. On top of all this, Neu! ran out of money in the middle of the project. Their plight was met by total indifference from the record company, who wouldn’t advance them another mark. So they did what any normal self-respecting band would do: they simply re-edited and remixed two singles off the album and put them on side two to fill up the time. The end result is a perverse and controversial album, one that gives the middle finger to the label, and perhaps to the record-buying public as well. That said, the disc is a very worthy one as a whole; it’s a beautiful bridge between the start repetition of the debut and the lush melodic textures of 75. The disc opens with one of the band’s greatest tracks, the stunning “Forever.” Guitar, feedback, pulse, and distortion equals motorik, the brand name for Neu! music. Rother’s playing huge chords here, spun out of effects boxes and feedback squalls, and Dinger’s drumming adds a tom-tom to the metronome of snare and hi-hat. The chords are darker, minor key flourishes added to a one-note bass throb. From here it gets abstract; nocturnal ambient soundscapes with no discernable instrumentation except for a warped drum palette to keep the big swathes of white noise company (“Spitzenqualitat” & “Gedenkminute”) A guitar joins the sonic investigation on “Lilac Angel” as well as a pounded out drumbeat and a growled Dinger vocal. This must have been Neu!’s idea of a hard rock single. But side two is where things get strange. Having exhausted their budge they turned to re-releasing material in manipulated fashion. Needles dropping on records, playback roughs, backwards tape manipulation sped up or slowed down interminably, all with the unmistakable Neu! sound as a base. “Super” and “Neueschnee” are played back at various speeds. There is another track that concludes with a cassette tape being eaten by a player. This is one of the more out-there sides in the history of recorded music — the dark side of the optimism presented by Pink Floyd’s Meddle…without half the effort! Over time, this great big middle finger to the music biz has weathered the storm very well. In fact, it now sounds as if it were recorded this way based on aesthetics rather than anger. But at the time it merely showed a duo that had worn each other out and had been dissed by their record company. A fine and disturbing listen, it should be sought out by anyone possessing Neu! discs on either end of this one. This is essential Krautrock. – Thom Jurek

more »