Spin - 9/01, p.134
Included in Spin's "5 Essential Krautrock Records" - "...'Post-rock' starts right here....one tough, streamlined groove..."
Magnet - p.93
"[The band's] groove-centric art-rock masterpiece..."
The Wire - p.62
"[With] one of the most dazzling set-pieces in early 70s music."
Q (Magazine) - p.140
"[A] mind-expanding double-album...whose most jaw-dropping item is the 18-minute 'Halleluhwah'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1265 stars out of 5
- "TAGO MAGO displays Can's psych-free and disciplined sides at their most ritually balanced."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.153
"Punctuated by bursts of thunder and disturbing silences...it encapsulates the band's ability to demonstrate musical freedom within strict bounds."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.925 stars out of 5
-- "When Michael Karoli cuts loose with that stinging guitar solo near the end of 'Oh Yeah,' it's like setting the stone on archaeological perfection."
Can: Damo Suzuki (vocals); Michael Karoli (guitar); Irmin Schmidt (keyboards); Holger Czukay (bass instrument); Jaki Liebezeit (drums).
Personnel: Holger Czukay (bass guitar).
The influence of these seminal '70s Krautrockers on the alternative music of the '80s and '90s has been quiet but enormous. Blending the ethics of acid rock with a more forward-looking penchant for subtle sonic experimentation and atmospherics, Can dismantle traditional song structures to pursue lengthy explorations of pulsing polyrhythms, floating, associative guitar lines, keyboards, tape loops, hard, sometimes danceable grooves, and enigmatic, often indecipherable singing.
TAGO MAGO is one in a triumvirate of essential Can albums (also including EGE BAMYASI and FUTURE DAYS). The least "ambient" of the three, TAGO MAGO retains much of the group's early hard-edged, guitar-based sound while still creating tapestries of rhythm, space, and texture. Shimmering pieces such as "Bring Me Coffee Or Tea" alternate with full-fledged journeys into electronica ("Aumgn"), while the nearly 20-minute psych-groove opus that is "Halleluhwah" serves as the album's centerpiece. This disc is a crucial addition to any "alternative" record collection.