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Strategies Against Architecture

Einsturzende Neubauten Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00004XNMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a fascinating band 14 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you have only heard of EN before then Strategies against Architecture is a great starting point. This is a compilation of very early tracks where the band made music out of constructed instruments formed out of the rubbish left by the Americans in Berlin after the Second World War.
So the sound of metal against metal reverberates through the tracks. These are raw and unforgiving tracks but you will be mesmerised - and horrified in equal measure - by the amazing primal quality of the music.
They have made 'better' albums in the sense that there are more accessible later discs (Haus der Luege for example) but I still remember the first time I heard this album. A tingle is running down my spine as I write this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VCR in my Car 23 Aug 2002
By J. Getka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first EN CD I ever owned and I think it was a very good introduction for me to the band. Most tracks are easily accessible without being too weird or noise-oriented for someone who hasn't heard the band before to get into. I like to listen to this album when I'm going to bed or walking around. It's like dancing in a war, and then getting drunk and falling asleep. I like the fact that I have no idea what any of the lyrics are. Then I can make up my own.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars focus 4 Mar 2003
By I X Key - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This music is just beautiful. It's very minimal -- too minimal even for the grit that characterized so much of their later music. Most of the songs make use of metal objects for the sounds, but there's also some softer, more watery music. At one point on this cd, they were literally making their music under a bridge, & a train went over. You can hear the train. In 20th century classical music, 2 antithetical compositional ideas were minimalism (which had some feeling of complete control) & aleatory,or just randomness. This cd's minimalism with the train that just happened to go by so they left it seems to me like it could be understood as a synthesis of those 2 views.
It's formative music for them, basic & pure, before their creativity demanded that they add more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not their best, but definitely not horrible 6 Mar 2000
By "leviticus85" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
there are some incredible tracks, but as a whole this is not very consistent...if you've never heard EN i would suggest "halber mensch" or "drawings of patient o.t."...if your looking for EN at their harshest and most primitive, this is the album you need though. honestly i would say this for dedicated fans only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Mayhem At Its Purest 12 Jan 2005
By Ernesto Catalan Valdez - Published on Amazon.com
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You have to listen to this compilation album with a grain of salt: it is one of the most intense and uncompromisingly brutal albums you'll ever hear in your life! No, it's not a grindcore or a black metal band, it's EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN's most extreme example of TRUE industrial music. The band memebers make "music" out of banging on metal plates, using pneumatic drills, making explotions, and using every possible tool to create pure mayhem. Just imagine this: the "bass drum's" skin is a sheet of metal!!! "Tanz Debil" opens this barrage of noise and the album never lets up. "Kalte Sterne" might sound like a very primitive THE CURE and it is by FAR the album's most "musical" song. No wonder some extreme metal bands took NEUBAUTEN to heart. Although this has NOTHING to do with Metal (maybe punk, in the sense that this IS musical ANARCHY!), the attitude and brutality are very much alike. "Stratigien gegen architechturen" is basically the "Kollaps" album with some few extra tracks, but it's a good thing that, if you like this, also get "Kollaps". For open minded folks only and for people into really weird stuff! Steh auf!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compliation from the most original band ever. 14 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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TO BE NO PART OF IT--that is their basic tenet. These guys play REAL industrial music-- conventional instruments are rarely used--and for the most part their sounds are sculpted from bizarre urban objects. They drill apart shopping carts, put microphones into fire, sample the hiss of hot steam, mumble strange things after staying awake for several days at a time, etcetera etcetera. If you enjoy experimental music, buy this album!
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