Laibach ‎– The Sound Of Music

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1 The Sound Of Music
2 Climb Ev'ry Mountain
3 Do-Re-Mi
Engineer [Piano Recording] – Davor RoccoPiano [Guest] – Igor VicentićVocals [Guest] – Marina Mårtensson
4 Edelweiss
5 My Favorite Things
6 The Lonely Goatherd
7 Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Vocals [Guest] – Marina Mårtensson
8 So Long, Farewell
9 Maria/Korea
Vocals [Guest] – Marina Mårtensson
10 Arirang
Choir – Linda Uran, Lorena Krstić, Marija-Katarina Jukić, Mirta BorovacEngineer [Piano Recording] – Davor RoccoPiano [Guest] – Igor VicentićWritten-By – Traditional
11 The Sound Of Gayageum
Performer – Students Of Kum Song Music School, PyongyangWritten-By – Unknown Artist
12 Welcome Speech
Voice – Mr. RyuWritten-By – Democratic People's Republic Of Korea Committee For Cultural Relations

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Limited edition, presented in a 34-page hardcover book with special gold foil printing on the front and back. Shrinkwrapped pack features a round metallic-print sticker.

Printed in the EU.
Made in the EU.

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  • Label Code: LC27959
  • Rights Society: MCPS
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  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L578
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The_Strange_Boutique

June 16, 2020
Laibach make of "The Sound of Music" everything the Rogers & Hammerstein 1968 film is not - profoundly disturbing, industrial and postmodern. It's all so *wrong* - from the nucleus of the very idea, to the anarchistic documentary that followed the LP, following the band on a bizarre journey to promote album with live performances in North Korea. The novelty does wear thin in places, for sure - but to begin with at least, *what* novelty it is.

Doubtless, any record re-processed by Milan Fras' near-sub-sonic throat will end up sounding macabre. That Laibach take the torch to a songbook so widely-loved for its gaiety however, is the masterstroke. Adding in thick, analogue bass-synths, snippets of jolly childrens' choirs and sexual subtext and voila - the perfect Vantablack tonality with which to tar a feel-good family classic. In their subsequent redressing as uncomfortable brutalist anthems, these saccharine compositions are torn from their source text like screaming bloody foeti from the sanctuary of the womb.

The best renditions keep some of that charming lightness in the mix, illustrating the subversion of other, more total reimaginings ("Climb Ev'ry Mountain") by guiding the listener through contrasting sections ("The Lonely Goatherd"). The flip-flopping between gentle, piano outro and throbbing, post-industrial electronica is both poignant and hilarious; it is precisely by highlighting the negative space of the contrast that Laibach make proud their stance as militant perverts of sound. It's also a fitting gesture, being as the record's visuals have been designed, in conjunction with the aforementioned documentary, to reflect the Janus-faced DPKR; pageants for cameras and famine in reality.

Sometimes, Laibach stray into 'on-the-noseness' in their execution of this stark contrast. 'How do you solve a problem like Korea' is one such mis-step; as is - to some extent - the Humbert Humbert-like recasting of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"'s narrator (though this does have some amusing qualities, particularly given that its place in the film is a tune of fancy from an off-duty Nazi and, consequently, begging for Laibach to mess with it). Worse than lacking subtlety, "The Sound of Music" can also be plain 'bad.' "The Sound of Gayageum" is actually a recording of North Korean performers taken from the documentary film; elsewhere, the closing "Welcome Speech" whilst amusing is another non-music, non-Laibach departure from the music that - whilst well-placed in the film - detracts somewhat from the broader LP in its sequencing here as part of the audio experience.

Other times however - and for the duration of the album, in fact - the eclecticism is handled with an aural poetry that verges on the sublime. The opening, titular track is epic; enormous drums crash down on the rich electronic textures, summoning the image of Julie Andrews cavorting on the hills, but with sharper precipices and in inclement weather. "The Lonely Goatherd" is similarly successful, playfully deconstructing the buoyant silliness of the original and hijacking its bouncy rhythms with a coat of lead-paint that sends the once-dainty composition stomping down as a kind of marching-tune. Finally, - and most notably - "Arirang," the unofficial state anthem of the DPKR, is given an utterly glacial treatment in the album's latter third, with sweet soaring notes from Boris Benko and stirring, piano-led instrumentation that crescendos to beautiful, choral effect at the song's twinkling close.

All-in-all, "The Sound of Music" is a strange offering that subverts expectations and courts controversy in its borderline pornographic treatment of the source-text, levelling political belligerence at a country notorious for its lacking a sense of humour. Perhaps more consistent in the extent of their provocation than in the qualitative terms of their executing it, Laibach have produced a record that demands your attention and speaks to the devil on your left shoulder, all-too-bored with the sweet music of the angel on the right. They remain a baffling choice for the first Western act to be allowed to perform in North Korea, though I'm sure the band greatly enjoyed taking this militaristic interpretation of an explicitly anti-fascist Western musical to the epicentre of communist demagoguery. If only to raise your eyebrows - out of both concern and perplexity - I urge you to try it for yourself.

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"The Sound of Music" - ★★★★★
"Climb Ev'ry Mountain" - ★★★☆☆
"Do-Re-Mi" - ★★★☆☆
"Edelweiss" - ★★★☆☆
"My Favorite Things" - ★★★☆☆
"The Lonely Goatherd" - ★★★★★
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" - ★★★★☆
"So Long, Farewell" - ★★★☆☆
"Maria / Korea" - ★★☆☆☆
"Arirang" - ★★★★★
"The Sound of Gayageum" - ★☆☆☆☆
"Welcome Speech" - ★☆☆☆☆
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December 9, 2018
Anyone out there know where I can buy the CD with blu ray release version?