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  • Summary: The Slovenian collective re-records the songs from The Sound of Music film as well as some North Korean songs (they performed in North Korea in 2015).
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  1. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    Truly an artifact of an artistically authentic, cold war-era radical sensibility which predates today's insipid art movements, the album is one of those which will make you think more than it'll make you dance. In this day and age, that's certainly something we could all use more of.
  2. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    Laibach has done little to diminish their brilliance on a loaded, thought-provoking, and immeasurably entertaining release.
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    Gloriously silly it may be, but this album is as bright as that favourite copper kettle.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    70
    TSOM's strange, taut, heroic beauty invariably transcends irony. [Dec 2018, p.89]
  5. Nov 21, 2018
    70
    Essentially, the album is business as usual for Laibach, which means that if you're in on their grand scheme, it's another exquisitely orchestrated laugh riot.
  6. Nov 26, 2018
    60
    Divorced from the context of the North Korea shows the purpose of these songs seems a little unclear, even factoring in the wordplay of “How do you solve a problem like Korea”, so the final few tracks are crucial to the album.
  7. The Wire
    Nov 21, 2018
    50
    This record has its moments, for instance the squarewave basslines and breakbeats of “Edelweiss” and the outro to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. However, as is often the case with Laibach, the pervasive air of calculated irony prevents the album from passing from the ridiculous to the sublime, even when it all gets so silly that on paper it sounds like it should. [Dec 2018, p.52]

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  1. Nov 23, 2018
    10
    Absolutely amazing. Songs that initially sound strange become genuinely well thought out catchy and downright brilliant. There’s this idea itAbsolutely amazing. Songs that initially sound strange become genuinely well thought out catchy and downright brilliant. There’s this idea it doesn’t matter what the words are but how they are said, that transforms all of these classic kids songs into something more. But that doesn’t matter because you look at the lyrics at a completely different angle and it works so well. Great band great album. Oddly powerful. Expand
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