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Man and Machine
Released: 2002, Breaker
The 10th release by U.D.O.!! I’m a big fan and this CD did not disappoint! It kicks off with a robotic spoken word intro that ties in nicely with the title track. The first three tracks are a one-two-three knockout punch of typical fast (although not blazingly) Germanic metal. Udo can really write great classic metal songs and this album is no exception. The ballad “Dancing with an Angel” features a nice duet with Doro Pesch who trades verses with Mr. Dirkschneider. The punchy Network Nightmare revisits the Man and Machine concept and the CD closes with already one of my favorite Udo tracks. It is one of his typical, mid-tempo, crunchers that just speak volumes about his experiences around the globe. I’m reading between the lines on the song called “Unknown Traveller” because I’m fairly confident that Udo hasn’t toured Atlantis or the moon (yet!). The song exudes a world-weary charm and it has a sad charm to it, which is a nice way to close the disc.
The production is slightly thicker and warmer than on the last few, which to me while having great songs came across as a little sterile. It is an odd sound because in a CD called Man and Machine you think the sound would be more robotic, stiff and sterile.
The cover shot is a little lame and the book is nothing special, just several photos of the band in the studio. This is probably because of the budgetary restrictions of being on the small label Breaker, which I think (don’t quote me on this!) is owned/run by Udo. Who knows, it is what is inside that counts and these 11 tracks are rapidly becoming my favorite ones in Udo’s solo career part II.
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