Faust IV

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Faust IV
Studio album by Faust
Released September 21, 1973
Recorded The Manor, Oxfordshire,
England, June 1973
Genre Krautrock
Length 43:37
Label Virgin
Producer Uwe Nettelbeck
Faust chronology
Outside the Dream Syndicate
Faust IV
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (9.4/10)[2]
Spin 4/5 stars[3]

Faust IV is the fourth studio album by the German krautrock group Faust, released in 1973. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, where it is referred to as a "krautrock classic".[4] The band did not release another album for 20 years, and with a different lineup.[5]


The album was recorded at the Manor Studio in England. As the sessions took too long to complete, producer Uwe Nettelbeck opted to complete the album with material that was recorded at previous sessions in Wümme, Germany. These additions include "Krautrock" (previously aired on the John Peel show) and "It's a Bit of a Pain" (previously released as a single in Germany).[2]


The opener, "Krautrock", is a drone-based instrumental with drums appearing after seven minutes, while later tracks such as "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" employ more conventional songwriting techniques.[2] The closing track, "It's a Bit of a Pain", combines both styles, utilising noise during its chorus. At a point late in the song, following the chorus a woman's voice speaking in Swedish is heard. The track "Just A Second" had the notation "starts like that!" added to the title on the CD reissues. The track numbering on the original CD was incorrect and misleading.[6] The liner notes on the 2CD remaster contain many inaccuracies.

Track listing[edit]

1973 release:[7]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Krautrock" 11:47
2. "The Sad Skinhead" 2:43
3. "Jennifer" 7:11
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Just a Second / Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableau" 3:35
2. "Giggy Smile" 7:45
3. "Läuft...Heißt Das Es Läuft Oder Es Kommt Bald…Läuft ("Psalter" section)" 4:28
4. "Läuft...Heißt Das Es Läuft Oder Es Kommt Bald…Läuft" 3:40
5. "It's a Bit of a Pain" 3:08

The published track listing contains a number of errors. Track 5 is listed as "Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableux", which is in fact part of track 4. Track 6 is listed as "Giggy Smile", which is actually track 5. Track 6 is the first part of "Läuft...Heisst Das Es Läuft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Läuft", of which Track 7 is the second part.[6]


Sound and art work[edit]


Some, not all, fans of Faust's earlier work felt that it was a "sell-out" album, for suggested reasons including the album artwork, and the inclusion of oddities including The Sad Skinhead and Jennifer which are today praised as some of the band's best lyrical work.[2]


Faust IV was re-released on two CDs in February 2006 by EMI.[8]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Faust IV". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d Leone, Dominique (2007-10-03). "Faust IV". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (December 2007). "Reviews". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. 23 (12): 117. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. p. 297. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  5. ^ "AllMusic Review by Ted Mills". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Faust - Faust IV". Discogs. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Faust IV". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Faust IV [UK Bonus CD]". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 

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