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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mute -- a.D.a. --
  • ASIN: B000003Z5Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Die Interimsliebenden
2. Zebulon
3. Blume
4. 12305(Te Nacht)
5. Sie
6. Wuste
7. Headcleaner: I. Zentrifuge/Stabs/Rotlichtachse/Propaganda/Aufmarsch/II. Einhorn/III. Marschlied
8. Headcleaner: Das Gleissen/Schlacht/IV. Lyrischer Ruckzug

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The album Neubauten explored rhythm through employing a softer tonality and an extra voice. Released at a time of industrial dance cross over. When the world of high art and base proto industrio punk life forms coagulated. Test Dept went for the free form extravaganza, Laibach off to deconstruct Macbeth whilst Neubauten grabbed hold of Hamlet.

Containing two softer moments undertaken with La La Human Steps a Canadian based contemporary dance performance group. It marks the change of differing timbres. Anita Lane, former partner of Nick Cave coos with gentle innocence a poem on the surface naming different flowers, then finally becoming detourned into a malediction, the calling down of a curse to procure evil. Meanwhile the lullaby drifts forever upward in soft purring tones.

Interim lovers explores how emotions last far beyond events in another soft musical moment.

The genius of Neubauten is not any form of pretension,individually arrogant as they are, this can be forgiven. Pretension entails someone on the same level being ostentatious and pretending to be beyond themselves. Genius has no true level, it only soars, then drops like a stone. The main measure is by its harsh self imposed standards, not the approbriations of the herd. Exploration means travelling beyond the mundane to find other expressive forms. Everyone who makes a journey to travel beyond is pretentious compared to the sterility of mass consumption. Mass desire is to pull everyone back to the medium. This is why there have been few followers in the Neubauten path. They unleashed an explosion of imagination not technique.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Murasaki53 on 27 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Neubauten fan and have never heard the English version of 'Interimsliebenden' (previously available only on a deleted 4CD Box Set) it is worth considering upgrading to this edition because it features on Disc 2. It may only be one song but it complements the original version superbly and its lyrical complexity can be more fully appreciated. If you are unfamiliar with the entire CD you are in for a treat: poetic, metaphysical, humorous, confrontational and genre busting (there's no way this can be classified simply as 'Industrial Music'), this is Neubauten at the height of their powers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E Parry on 28 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the first EN album I bought, I already reviewed the Vinyl, but my opinion has changed a bit since then. This is a good album, but it's the EN album I listen to the least, and it is definately not the place to start. I bought this first, and was disapointed. However, because the first song was so good, and the others showed potential, I bought more, and I'm very glad I did.
This album is possibly their most experimental, and their most pretentious (EN are often very pretentious, but you've gotta love em for it, and they are just as often extremely clever, see the essay in the liner notes of Hause Der Leuge and you'll see what I mean). I find it hard to take Blume seriously, it's a woman reading a poem out over the music, and it's very artsy, but still, the music is good, and it's still quite a good poem. Most of the time, I don't mind the German words, I think perhaps if they were in English they might be spoiled because he seems to be cramming a lot in there (the lyrics are frequently genius), but one song here, Sie, is very reliant on the lyrics, hence very boring if you don't speak German (it's essentially a short play in the form of a song). The rest of the music is of a high standard, a good purchase for EN fans, but not for those new to them. A good place to start would be Silence is Sexy, but remember that SIS is a more mellow album by EN, they can be very chaotic, as the 15 minute closer, Headcleaner, on this album shows.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E Parry on 1 Sept. 2001
Format: Vinyl
I've been looking for something by Einsturzende Nebauten for a while, having never heard anything they've done. I bought this after reading some good reviews. I liked the first track straight away, and the second track got very good at the end, but from then on up until the last track they all seemed quite pretentious and not what I'd hoped, also not that interesting if you don't speak german. The last track, although very long, is good though.
I'm sure this album will grow on me but it's not what I'd hoped for and it probably wasn't the best album to buy as a starting point to getting into the band. I will still look into other releases by this band though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Impressive and Superb 8 Jan. 2006
By S. Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This has got to be my favorite cd in my ever growing cd collection, and it has been my favorite ever since it came out. These guys bleed musical talent. This cd encompasses so much emotion, so much passion, and so much violence that its impossible to describe it. You have to listen to it in order to experience it.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By DAC Crowell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yep. That's the sound you're buying this CD for. Nothing as bracing as having Blixa Bargeld screeching this at you over something that sounds like the Berlin Philharmonic being savaged by rabid tigers in a cement pit. The problem, though, is that while that track fits the wonderfully ear-wrenching legacy of Einstuggy, as do a couple of others, there's also a couple of _songs_ on here. I mean...pop songs. Poppy. Not what you'd expect from EN. And this, to me, is a little annoying, as _I_ buy Einsturzende Neubauten discs for their ability to peel paint off of walls and incinerate your neighbors. And I don't think EN was totally into that direction either, as I saw the tour for this release, and the poppy material never made it to the stage. But by ghod, "Headcleaner" alone makes up for this. The group hasn't been this abrasive or harrowing since perhaps "Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T." Just keep in mind that there are tracks you will likely want to skip in the course of getting to this climactic aural cataclysm. Break out that pneumatic drill, boys!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
noise made pleasure 23 Jun. 2001
By D. M. MATALLIN - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tabula Rasa was the first album I ever had from this band. It is simply amazing: obviously it is not that much if you have listened to the rest of the cds, but I think that every Neubauten album is unique in their hyper-personal style. The process of controlling the noise and agressiveness continues here, but is that a bad thing? I suppose it depends on opinions. For me, Tabula Rasa is not the best Neubauten album, but it's closer to it: in fact, I think that the best way to taste what Einstürzende Neubauten implies in the history of music is to follow their evolution throughout all their cds, from the spontaneous agressiveness of 'Collapse' to the delightful game with silence and noise of 'Silence is Sexy', their last album up to date. Tabula Rasa begins with one of the best Neubauten songs, 'Die Interimsliebenden', a long mid-tempo song which could serve (if that's possibel) to sum up the music of this band: minimalistic rhythms, noise in battle with melody, and on top of that a voice full of nuances. 'Zebulon' introduces at first a very skeletical song, with a voice that recites more than sings, just to prepare us for the explosion of noise at the end of it. 'Blume' is sung by a female voice, very sweet and melifluous, introduced at the beginning of each stanza by bargeld's recitation of different species of flowers. A very beautiful song. The comes '12305te nacht', a more typical Neubauten song, which has really no bad connotations, since it's one of the best of them all. Noisy, similar to the first one but shorter and less megalomaniac. 'Sie' is a very disturbing song, combining Bargeld's voice with a talking voice. 'Wüste' lacks beat but is mysterious enough not to bore us. And finally 'Headcleaner' is the typical extra-long neubauten song full of varied passages to make us enjoy every single minute of it: it is by far the most agressive song in the album, which I imagine the fans of the old works will prefer. Tabula Rasa is a new masterful album by a band which, i think, deserves at last to stop being undervalued. (at least in my country, where they are completely ignored. The same as Skinny Puppy,...)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and poetic 31 May 2008
By The Pitiful Anonymous - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Always an intelligent, "thinking man's" industrial group, in 1993 Einsturzende Neubauten released "Tabula Rasa", the first hint of the quiet, more melodic direction that would dominate their music afterwards until the present. As a result, it's a perfect blend of their older, more aggressive style and this new approach. All of the lyrics are brilliant, and very visual and descriptive even after translation, which really says something about Blixa's skill in this area. It's also a very diverse, yet balanced album. Each track must be discussed individually.

"Die Interimsliebenden" is a groovy, bass guitar driven tune. Blixa's vocal performance makes the song with its infectious energy.

"Zebulon" is driven by melodic guitars and guitar noise. Layers of vocal overdub build until its triumphant rhythmic ending. Shows EN's ability to write a catchy melody that isn't annoying or cheesy.

"Blume" is a hypnotic, pretty song with no rhythm except what is created by the steady guitar harmonics that form the ambient cloud the song sits on. The guest female vocalist unfortunately has an accent that makes her hard to take seriously. The versions in alternate languages found on the "Malediction" EP are as a result better. However, this is still a beautiful song.

"12305(te Nacht)" is a little harsher, with its muffled electronic percussion. The song's topic, as someone else mentioned... a snapshot in time. This 12,305th night of Blixa's life. The song has a martial feel with some dramatic synth in its second half.

"Sie" is next, and a highlight. It's an anxious, percolating track with a ravey sort of atmosphere, yet very light rhythms. Two different processed voices weave in and out of the song, playing different characters in a vague but evocative story (read the translation, it's beautiful) elaborating on a romantic relationship, and metaphorical rambling about ruins, nighttime, and so many other things which could have political meanings, but are surely intensely multi-interpretable.

"Wuste" is beatless, consisting only of shimmering, ruffling noises and dark strings. It sounds just like waiting on a beach in the dark for a boat to return.

"Headcleaner": Part 1 is a well-placed, absolutely brutal finale. It's clear something is different from the opening metallic squall. The song picks up and introduces Blixa's catchy shout of "HEEEEEEAAADCLEANER" before breaking down into microtonal, minimal, avant garde chime melodies. The noise comes back for the end, where Blixa sings in English for the first time on the album is huge dramatic effect. Part 2 is much different, and is one of the subtlest pieces on the album.

"Tabula Rasa" is flawless, a masterpiece. One of many solid EN albums, yes, but the only one to so perfectly integrate the old with the new. Highly recommended.
A difficult album to take in, but worth the while to hear 6 Aug. 2010
By Said Head - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was my very first EN album (with the bonus tracks), and I think because of that, it was the only one in my collection for a long time.

To explain, this is the CD where EN begin to really open up and explore more of what they do less, and it's much more obvious. Earlier EN can be slow and ambient, quiet and almost peaceful at times, but done in such a way that it harmonizes perfectly with their grating noise and drones (listen to '5 On The Open-Ended Richterscale and it's really obvious) but with this album they tried maybe a little too hard to be either noisy or quiet, though on some tracks (like the best on the album, 'Zebulon' it works very well in heavy contrast). Honestly though, most of the tracks are just, well, a little dull, like the Headcleaner series, a clear nod to their earlier recordings and Sie, which for some reason I just don't care for much. But what does save the album are the great extras, like 'The Interimlovers' an english sung, more ambient version which I love, and Salamandrina, an excellent acapella track (simply to say, I like the supplementary disc more than the album).

But still, even as my least favorite EN album, I absolutely love it; this is one group of which I never tire, and while I clearly have grievences toward it, the few tracks I love really work it for me. I guess the best thing to say in closing would be: buy an edition with the bonus tracks (or, if you're a true completist, find Interim and Malediction, which were the original releases of the said tracks).
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