My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Faust IV is the fourth album by German Krautrock band Faust. The album was recorded during June of 1973 in England and released in September of the same year.
What I think: This is an interesting album to describe a general feeling for. The thing is often weird, often very beautiful and sometimes quite annoying. It starts with the song “Krautrock”, which is an almost 12 minute instrumental that is very much the same throughout (drone not drones!). It sounds great, although it does get a bit long and repetitive. “The Sad Skinhead” is next and is sort of the single/ fast song on the album. Next, is probably the best song on the album in “Jennifer”, the lyrics are simple and beautiful and the music is in a great grove. It oddly enough really reminds me of the Mike Doughty song “27 Jennifers”. After that, we get into to annoying tracks, but Faust redeem themselves with the final track “It’s a Bit of a Pain”, which seems like it could be blueprint for Beck’s Sea Change and Morning Phase with its non-sequitar sound effects and soft amazing vocals. The familiarity makes it really odd album in how I had never heard that band or album before, but can compare it to other sounds that are just so comfortable.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree that this should be here, it really feels like an inspiration for so much of the indie rock that came in the forty years since it was released.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Faust IV Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (226/294)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%