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Still Smiling

Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Specula Records
  • ASIN: B00CFDP2I0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mi ScusiTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 3:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Come up and See MeBlixa Bargeld, Teho Teardo 4:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. AxolotlTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. BuntmetalldiebeTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 4:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Still SmilingTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 5:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. NocturnalieTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 4:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Alone with the MoonBlixa Bargeld, Teho Teardo 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What If ...?Teho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 5:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Konjunktiv IITeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 3:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nur Zur ErinnerungTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 3:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Quiet LifeTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 6:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. DefenestrazioniTeho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld 5:20£0.89  Buy MP3 

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Still Smiling is a unique collaboration and an unexpected one between Italian composer, Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seed. They first met during the realization of Ingiuria , a theatre piece, and afterwards collaborated on a song for a film soundtrack, entitled A Quite Life . It was this song which started the process of writing and producing an album together, where songs and experimental pieces could find a common ground. The original use of strings: cello, violin, guitars and a full string quartet diverts the traditional perception of those classic instruments when they deal with electronics. The result is emotionally moving. The album has been written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, and took nearly two years. Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and every silence. Blixa reveals a personal and intimate side to the listener. The lyrics are visionary and are sung in English, German and Italian. The result is 12 songs, including a new version of A Quiet Life and a cover of Alone With The Moon by The Tiger Lilies. Collaborators on the album include The Balanescu Quartet and cellist, Martina Bertoni. Teho and Blixa will be touring the UK later this year.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like Neubauten, only different ;-) 27 Jun 2014
By Josefov
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I've found out about this album through the EN website, so I came to it as an EN/Blixa fan. And as an EN/Blixa fan I was instantly delighted.

Of course, music is not the same. But then again, if you've been with the band throughout its career and enjoy the latest albums just as much as the old, noisy ones, you're probably the kind of person who's musical sensitivity runs quite parallel with what this duo has on offer. First, and foremost, it's Blixa's voice, of course. And while I thought that I've heard by now every possible thing that voice can do, there are still surprises here. No, not the shrieks, but the muted, singing voice, slightly different to the one I know so well from the Neubauten.
And then there's the music which seems to marry the temperaments of those two gentlemen (there are some examples of Mr. Teardo's solo projects on Spotify for example). A little bit electronic, a little bit experimental, a little bit avant-garde, with a hearty dose of strings (predominantly cello). In atmosphere it did make me think a little about some of the Michael Nyman's soundtracks, there might be a bit of Belanescu Quartet here as well.

The result is intriguing, sublime and sophisticated. Works well in the car, but even better when you just sit down and listen. We seem to have not enough time to do things like that these days, but Still Smiling is definitely an album worth that little bit of effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music 23 Sep 2013
By reusser
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One of the most creative team in the formatted musical world of 2013... daring, surprising, amazing, beautiful... and re-discovered with each new listening
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unashamedly European 7 Sep 2013
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Where do you place it?

Similar in tone to Mick Harvey's introspective pieces, this appears at the opposite polarity to "Kollaps." Back then the whole world was wobbling under the spectre of invasion, nuclear war linked to one day at a time - finger on the button oblivion. Echoes linked to extreme psychological states whirled around and fuelled by families, institutions and drugs a cry which becomes a primal yelp eventually rumbles into an ear shattering scream - or alternatively it becomes stifled and muffled with a cloth and doused in prozac.

Years later the vitriol has simmered into a broth of a life lived, as Blixa gazes into a caught reflection. Narcisism, for an artist, is a necessary quality to dredge themselves to eventually make a connection to others. Often artists are taken unaware by the inter human links they make, necessarily initially feeling they are the only one. Only by putting themselves on the edge to they make connections. As the confidence develops they become torn between their standard audience expectations; the safety of getting a pay cheque and forever taking those risks which inspired them in the first place (Decent artists that is not the off the peg mannequins).

Here, he has both taken risks and played safe only in the sense of operating within a structural form which no longer shouts but introspects. Still a million miles away from something off the peg aimed to soothe the brow. Blixa's voice is mellower, without ever being bland as he emits pathos rather than wrestling with an overwhelming internal angst - still the scream of the Tin Drum is emitted but in tune to the strings. Strings, bows and orchestration, in a left field arrangement play gently in the background as a counterpoint to the voice .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blixa returns with some obscure Italian? 27 Aug 2013
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This is a good record. Blixa Bargeld and Neubauten haven't released anything new since 2008. Teho Teardo provides an absorbing soundtrack to Blixa's musings on life in his native German, English and Italian. At times it feels like a Depeche Mode record without honking Dave. If you like Neubauten this is a must buy, if you don't, check it out anyway and expand your record collection if not your mind set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trans-Alpine alliance of the highest order 7 Oct 2013
By Frans
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I read the review of this cd on THE QUIETUS site. "A trans-Alpine alliance of the highest order, Still Smiling sees Blixa Bargeld join forces with Italian composer Teho Teardo for a bold, 13-track, hour-long album released on Italy's Specula label. Musically, Still Smiling is so absorbing and enduring a listen thanks to its range of melodic ideas and well-executed experimentation. Its sequencing and structure is no doubt so eloquent thanks to Teardo's history in film and theatre." This album is so wonderful, from the way it is recorded - absolute audio heaven - right through the songs and blixa's voice, not unlike leonard cohen's: pure and utterly beautiful!
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