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5.0 out of 5 stars Two discs of aural pleasure..., 10 Oct 2001
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001 (Audio CD)
Here is the third volume of Neubauten's 'Strategies Against Architecture'- here in a wonderful two-disc set (replete with a great collage of photo's and notes on the tracks contained)...It takes in the years from 1991 to 2001- from EN's move from Some Bizarre to Mute, taking in line-up changes and a progression in songs & sound...The first I heard of Blixa Bargeld was his vocal/guitar noise on THe Birthday Party's 'Mutiny In Heaven', after that the sounds on 'From Her To Eternity'lead me to 'Haus der Luge'...Since the early-90's EN have changed, they don't (always) merely bash metallic objects and drill through floorboards...Three tracks from the 'Interim'-e.p. are found here: the electronic buzz of '12305te Nacht', the ambient-semi-acapella (with hints of metal)'Salamandrina' (which stemmed from 'Snake', also here) and the epic-'Die Interimsliebenden' (which sadly omits its 'Rausch'-intro). This set is worth purchasing for these tracks alone...To make this a worthy purchase for fans, EN have included rarities and alternate-versions where possible. Thus 'Sabrina' is captured in an earlier 'Rampe'-improvisation as 'I Wish This Would Be Your Colour'. There are some great live-takes: 'Redukt', 'Alles Was Irgendwie Nutzst', 'Ende Neu'. There are some songs in other languages other than German (some in nonsense). There are some ambient-forays which would please electronica-heads who like AFX, Autechre & Squarepusher (Rephlex & Warp then...)'Zentrifuge', 'Bili Rubin' and 'Architktur ist Geiselnahme' (from the soundtrack to 'Berlin Babylon') are all fine-examples of this...There are songs from their ballet-collaborations with La La La Human Steps (who also worked with Bowie): 'Wuste' being one-such. There are art-exhibition pieces ('The Empty Room') and experiments ('Installation # 1'). There is an extension on the brave new quiet- silence was sexy- of the new EN in 'The Garden', which continues the sound of 'Salamandrina'. There are also flashes of artistic-humour: the mobile-phone noises of 'Anrufe in Abwesenheit', the self-explanatory 'Montblanc' and 'Scampi Alla Carlina' (complete with recipe). There is a French version of 'Blume' with Diane Orlof, which takes a simple/sinister guitar coda and fills it with a Nico-like Chanteuse, as strings build...
This is a great compilation- though it would have been nice if both discs had been filled up to their 74 min capacity!...It is one fans will want and would also provide a great introduction to for those interested. EN are an important band- anyone interested in sound and ambience ought to hear this. I don't speak German, it does not matter- like Can and Neu! before them EN make complete sense. This is a great, eclectic collection and would add to any record collection. And did I forget to mention the beer-hall classic 'Was Ist Ist'? (which makes Rammstein seem very silly indeed!).GET!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars age shall not weary them, 7 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001 (Audio CD)
The 2 CDs in this set span three 'proper' albums: the opulent Tabula Rasa (1991), the somewhat patchy Ende Neu (1996) and the radiant Silence is Sexy (2000), plus soundtrack and theatrical work. Although there are a handful of previously released landmark tracks here, the 20 other pieces are new, obscure or different from the originals. The great clattering momentum that EN became so expert at conjuring in the 80s is still present on a few tracks (Redukt, Ende Neu), but the set is dominated by more delicate, quietly beautiful songs (The Garden, Blume, Silence is Sexy, an embryonic I Wish I Could be Your Colour). Whether it's ferocity or fragility that EN are exploring, they never seem to lose their inquisitiveness, their sense of humour or their genius for weaving chaos into breathtaking aural structures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating retrospective for EN fans, 5 Nov 2001
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KalteStern (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001 (Audio CD)
Let's face it, this is unlikely to be a purchase for anyone other than existing EN fans, and for them I would whole heartedly recommend it. It saves having to track down obscure EPs if you dont already have them , such as 'Interimsliebenden' and 'Malediction', and has some great examples of how some tracks developed, such as 'Snake' for 'Salamandrina','I wish this would be your colour' for 'Sabrina' and 'Alles'. It has some great trancey bits, 'Open Fire', and some abstractions, 'Centrifuge'.There are a couple of surprisingly tight live performances of 'Ende Neu' and 'Redukt', and if you like EN's more recent work you are bound to just love it. If you've never heard any of their stuff before, start with 'Silence is Sexy' instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recylcled from debris into luxury, 5 Dec 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001 (Audio CD)
A shimmering sparkle of an album composed primarily of out takes and rarieties. All part of an ongoing series of releases stretching over each epoch. Whilst readily aimed at people already immersed in the New Buildings culture these also manage to break free from the architectural restraints to bring the message to new converts.

In the mid period the volcanic anger has cooled, simmmering enough for new emotional shapes to emerge. Beaten in the post industrial forges then cooled in the waters of city rivers this is the works as the anger subsides withoug melting into formations of megacorp tack. Unfortunately this more direct route was chosen by many contemporaries to limited success. This however reveals an all out pouring of imaginary streams. The crux to Neubauten is the beauty of the artistic product of the collective minds.

The breadth and scope of the industrial connections traverse the delicate brush strokes of Blume sung in French to the Zentrifuge electrical sturm. 28 compositions with only 8 readily available you would have to be the true fantical to have captured all these on their original releases. Here you can sit back and listen to them unfold over 2 hours.

The music is grand smashes of planets breaking open their nucleui in Swiss laboratories contrasting with the delicate plucking of the
heart strings as a detuned slide brings forth Biblical locusts. A mixture of delicate relaxation and headrush charges into red brick sooted walls, all culled from 91 until 01.

The ringing sounds of Wotan and Donar transplanted into a 21st century Bauhaus apartment. Highlights of Germanic culture dancing in ice bound woods, praying to the trees, painted in lurid colours whilst an industrial rhythm sways the frenzy. The rhythms of plastic containers molded into tribal bangs.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strange, 30 Jan 2002
This review is from: Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001 (Audio CD)
I got this record on the fact that I found them to be interesting from what I heard of them and I have to say they are very good . It takes a bit of getting used to if new to the game ( like myself ) but in the end I was not disappointed . The sheer absurdity of it at times makes it all the more appealing . I shall definitely get more of their records if they sound as good as that
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