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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Splendid and Important Release, 16 Feb. 2004
No-one else would think of calling the very first song on their album 'I'm going now' and then conjure up images of perpetuity immediately afterwards. But then no one has ever made the first two songs of their album about a) a post-coital stain and b) a post-coital cigarette either (as Neubauten apparently did on their extraordinary and equally essential previous album 'Silence is Sexy'). And yet people think that the Libertines or the Darkness are where it's at. Well they're wrong. I'm still right at the beginning of enjoying this excellent album, but I can already safely predict that I will be listening to it years from now, long after those aforementioned over-hyped and over-rated groups have been forgotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Perpetuum Mobile', 9 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Perpetuum Mobile (Audio CD)
Air is the dominant theme of this album, as a partial scan of the list of instruments shows: car tire, plastic tubes, an air compressor, gas burner, electric fans, accordion, whistling, and a turntable-powered wind instrument.

On 'Paradiesseits' Blixa sings that "all images are the wind...", and in 'Boreas' ('North Wind') he asks when the wind will come "that billows our words' sails?" The latter is powered by the eerie sound of amplified steel wires, and features a haunting, fragile melody, like delicate crystals of ice, evoking a deep sense of yearning for the lost Hyperborea. The opening track 'Ich Gehe Jetzt', by contrast, feels contemplative. Bargeld sounds like he is thinking about setting out on a journey...taking his time, spinning a globe of the world in his study. Maybe he thinks the whole world should spin with him.

The title track is a true epic, an amazing evocation of constant motion that owes something to Kraftwerk's 'Trans Europa Express'. But although 'A Rare Bird' carries in its beak a new song ("das neue Lied"), we should never forget that the dead are ever present, as the haunting song 'Dead Friends' reminds us...

'Perpetuum Mobile' is a remarkable album, and (along with 'Silence is Sexy') represents Einstürzende Neubauten's finest work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Krautrock?, 13 July 2004
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I first heard the title track on BBC Radio 3's "Mixing it".
Very nice rhythyms in the Neu! style but much more modern of coure. I've lots of Krautrock but this is the first Einsturzende Neubauten record I've purchased. It won't be the last. Best track apart from the title track is is "You me you".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expansive, noisy beautiful, 27 Nov. 2007
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Brian Madden "b madden" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Perpetuum Mobile (Audio CD)
There was a time when listening to a Neubauten album was like been hit over the head with a bag of hammers. It hit you hard and made your ear drums burst, but Neubauten were always more than just mere noise and chaos,
and over their 20 plus years have refined their noise but lost none of their creative or experimental edge. In fact their sound has become more expansive.

Opening track "Ich gehe jetzt" has its own momentum that warmly sweeps you into the album, it gathers speed punctuated by hand claps, this is quickly followed by a 14 min title track that erupts noisily only to settle down and explode when you lest expect it, "Ein leichtes leises Säuseln" proves a breather, it is perhaps the gentle song the band have recorded, a lullaby whose percussion is dried leaves instead of the usual scraps of metal. Just incase the listener is getting subdue "Selbstportrait mit Kater" quickly knocks you off your feet with its pounding percussion courtesy of N.U Unruh. By the end of the song you will singing "life on other planets is beautiful."

The middle of the album is comprised of minimalist soundscape of Boreas that builds towards Ein seltener Vogel and ends with Ozean und Brandung,
Two of the poppest songs in the bands catalogue follow.
"Der Weg ins Freie" is a funky number, instantly catching with a great bass riff from Alexander Hacke.
"Dead Friends (Around the Corner)" is perhaps the most immediate song on the album.
"Grundstück" starts metallic percussion by all 5 members and builds steadily and gradually.

The band have managed to find a harmony in their sound, with instruments no longer warring with each other, and harmony and discord both used to great effect.

How many other bands can claim to still be creating classic albums over 20 yrs into their career?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 16 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Perpetuum Mobile (Audio CD)
CD is absolutely OK. I can say only good about this purchase.
EN has been my favourite band for really long time, I am glad with this gift I made to myself:)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than silence is sexy, 15 Jun. 2004
mostly in german
better than silence is sexy
gloomy, direct, excellent
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