The only previous Einsurzende album I'd heard was Tabula Rasa, which had some great tracks but overall I wasn't terribly pleased with. However, this is along a similar line but much much better. While there are elements of other bands I have never heard a band that sounds like this. This is by no means what you would expect to find under the term Industrial, it has many of the elements of what I love about bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mogwai, maybe even Pink Floyd, but a sound all of its own. The found-sounds are not always obvious but always used to the best effect to get the right texture. This album is very intelligent both musically and lyrically. I don't even speak German, but just by reading the translations you can marvel at how Blixa gets such fascinating subjects into a few lines of a song. Redukt, for example, has some of the most thoughtful lyrics I have ever read.
The second disc, Pelikanol, is not something I would listen to again. It's very repetitive and very long, it's an experiment which doesn't really work in my opinion. However, the first disc alone is a fairly long album by itself, and yet I always want more by the time it finishes. Brilliant, and a terrible shame this band isn't more well known.