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Freischwimmer: Five Years Kitty-Yo

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The German language isn't the the most pleasant to listen to when conveying emotion through song; every consonant and vowel is pronouced; it's OK for heavy metal's guttural vocals but the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston or Celine Dion wouldn't touch much of the records on offer here with a barge pole. But that's not a bad thing; this Kitty-Yo compilation containing only German artists is actually rather good in parts. Surrogat's shouted vocals and miserablist rock sounds as if it is going to explode into heavy metal at any moment (but thankfully doesn't) and gives the impression that the end of the world is imminent. The majority of the best material contains English lyrics; Raz Ohara's 'Gone To The Moon', Tarwater's 'Rome' and Gonzales's 'Gonna Get Off Rightaway' all benefit from cool, electronic effects and a unique style at the same time. Oddly, the second CD of new records sounds better than the supposed pick of the first four years but this at least means that Kitty-Yo records have a future even if their past isn't much to write home about.
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  CD1 Track Listing
01 Surrogat - Surrogat
02 Kerosin - Ten Miles
03 Wuhling - Du Bist So Weit Weg
04 Tarwater - Rome
05 To Rococo Rot - Süsse Küche
06 Go Plus - Scwerelos
07 Kante - California
08 Couch - Kopf Im Wetter
09 Laub - Erinner
10 Brüllen - Laufe Blau

Standout Track = Standout Track

  CD2 Track Listing
01 Couch - Heimweg
02 Surrogat - Rocker
03 Go Plus - Tagebau
04 Schwermut Forest - Guten Tag
05 Laub - Schlichtweg Schön
06 Tarwater - Subfusc
Standout Track Raz Ohara - Gone To The Moon
08 Stol - Sommer
09 Preed - Ballade
10 Gonzales - Gonna Get Off Rightaway

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Also Recommended:
Ohara, Raz - Realtime Voyeur
Tarwater - Animals, Suns & Atoms, Not The Wheel, Dwellers On The Threshold, The Needle Was Travelling
To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgen
To Rococo Rot And I-Sound - Music Is A Hungry Ghost
Various Artists - I Can Count Vol 1, I Can Count Vol 2
Various Artists - Team Kitty-Yo 1994-2004
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