Qua (album)


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Qua
Cluster - Qua.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 21, 2009
RecordedNovember 2008
StudioSeventh Chance Studio, Maumee, Ohio, US
GenreKrautrock, electronic
Length54:40
LabelNepenthe
ProducerTim Story
Cluster chronology
Berlin 07
(2008)
Qua
(2009)

Qua is the eleventh and final album by German Krautrock band Cluster, released in May 2009 on Nepenthe Music. It is the band's twelfth studio album and first in fourteen years.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock7/10 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound(7/10)[3]

AllMusic's Wilson Neate wrote that Qua proves that Cluster still have something "relevant" and "credible" to contribute musically to, as the album "conjures imaginary cinematic sequences in both spartan monochrome and rich Technicolor, spanning diverse moods: from the austere, droning 'Xanesra' and the somber, hymnal 'Flutful' to the playful 'Albtrec Com' and 'So Ney'."[1] Nick Neyland of Drowned in Sound described the album as "another bend in the road for Cluster, another set of songs knotted up in dead ends, another tiny coterie of bewildering puzzles. It’s also another chance to hear them never quite get to where they’re going to, and that still feels like the perfect space for them to operate in."[3] Hannah Gregory of The Quietus said that throughout the album, "the meandering experimentation is scripted with Cluster's still flowing, indelible ambient ink."[4] Louis Pattison of Uncut complimented Cluster for "maintaining a commendable consistency" on an album that contains songs of such divergent styles.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Moebius/Roedelius.

  1. "Lerandis" – 1:46
  2. "So Ney" – 3:21
  3. "Flutful" – 2:36
  4. "Protrea" – 1:59
  5. "Zircusile" – 1:38
  6. "Xanesra" – 4:02
  7. "Na Ernel" – 3:48
  8. "Putoil" – 1:33
  9. "Malturi Sa" – 4:53
  10. "Diagon" – 1:22
  11. "Gissander" – 6:55
  12. "Ymstrob" – 1:39
  13. "Albtrec Com" – 4:05
  14. "Stenthin" – 3:48
  15. "Curvtum" – 1:00
  16. "Formalt" – 5:03
  17. "Imtrerion" – 5:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Qua adapted from AllMusic.[6]

  • Dieter Moebius – composer, concept, cover art
  • Hans-Joachim Roedelius – composer
  • Tim Story – concept, cover art, producer
  • Paula Ashley – art direction, design
  • Tim Fisher – art direction, design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Neate, Wilson. "Cluster - Qua Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  2. ^ Selzer, Jonathan (March 2010). "Cluster - Qua". Classic Rock. No. 142. p. 89.
  3. ^ a b Neyland, Nick (2010-02-15). "Cluster - Qua - Releases". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ Gregory, Hannah (2010-04-19). "Reviews - Cluster". The Quietus. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  5. ^ Pattison, Louis. "Album Review: Cluster - Qua". Uncut. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  6. ^ "Qua – Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-23.

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