Rodach: Himmel und Hölle - Heaven and Hell: Release Information
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Release Date: 16.03.2000
TT Catalogue No: 4434
Time for a change: Michael Rodach changes from his familiar element of water over to fire and air. At least that is the impression one gets reviewing the titles of his first solo-CD's "Musik für Fische - Music for Fish" and "Haus am Meer - Seaside Home".
" Heaven and Hell" sounds more organic, more playful. Here too, Rodach mirrors inner strife and reflects conflicts and contradictions. Quite differently however, from as on his earlier CDs, where the sound was more shaped by samples and cool abstraction - on his new album the guitar determines the tonal cosmos.
18 sound impressions whirl through the room - Rodach triumphs on his beloved
Stratocaster, coaxing from it a myriad of emotions: destructive, melancholic,
tender and full of fantasy. This time the tracks are not so much illustrated
by his rich fund of experience in dance-theater and radio plays, but open
up more to their own moods and various styles. Once again, the poetry of
the songs impresses, leading to beautiful little sceneries: such as the exhilaratingly
peaceful "Eskimo Fairy Tales" on the acoustic guitar, then a dilatory
No travesty, no romantic ivory tower - With "Heaven and Hell" Michael Rodach sets on the cathartic hot/cold showers of feelings.
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