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on 5 June 2002
I have all of Einstürzende Neubautens' releases in one form or another (except for their post 2000 releases, sadly). This one I have on LP and I invite anyone who cares to look at the LP next time you are in a record shop because it's cover is far more beautiful than the CD version. The LP has silhouetted images of the band in modern-dance poses, their fingers, legs and hair like a beautiful choreography by Isadora Duncan. I'm not sure why they changed the look for the CD, life is funny that way. Of all their wonderful albums, this and Haus der Luge are my absolute favorites. They come from a similar pinnacle of their long and varied career where they coaxed each piece of metal, every giant spring, bucket of sand, etc. into a musical tapestry of pulsating rhythm. Blixa Bargeld's voice has come a long way from Negativ Nein's frightening scream, and on this album he manages to sing in a whisper, a chant and of course, his trademark screech that sounds less like a voice than it does a drill boring it's way through a bell.
This album is more hypnotic and, at times, even cozy. Like sitting in the worlds most comfortable chair watching the fireplace blaze so fierce and brilliant that it burns down the entire room, but you are too comfortable and mesmerized to move.
Fuenf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala contains what I think is their third English song. It's a cover of Tim Rose's Morning Dew (more people should get into Tim Rose). Their version is definitely much different than Tim Rose would have ever dreamed, even in his less than lucid moments. Morning Dew is one of the several highlights of this album, though, Ich Bin is more widely praised. MONDIMIDOFRSASO (the days of the week, I love the acoustic bit at the end), Zerstoerte Zelle and Kein Bestandteil Sein are my favorites.
Anyone reading this probably has been drawn to Einstürzende Neubauten for one reason or another. They are still one of the most important industrial acts out there, as well as one of the genres godfathers. Blixa's work with Nick Cave has been mutually rewarding. Fans of either should cross reference. Whatever the reason you came this far is, start with this album (or Haus Der Luge) and then move on to their three volumes of Strategies Against Architecture. This is a fantastic album.
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