Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Emerging from Berlin at the dawn of the '80s, Einstürzende Neubauten crafted a distinctive postpunk, proto-industrial sound that the group is still expanding on 18 years later. Typically, a Neubauten track combines abrasiv... more »
Emerging from Berlin at the dawn of the '80s, Einstürzende Neubauten crafted a distinctive postpunk, proto-industrial sound that the group is still expanding on 18 years later. Typically, a Neubauten track combines abrasive machine sounds and the simplest of musical elements--spare bass lines, aggressive chants, thudding beats--to produce surprisingly atmospheric music. Ende Neu's "Was Ist Ist" embodies the band's punk-plus-machine attack, while "Installation No. 1" throbs with the pulse that spawned a thousand industrial groups. But the CD's most striking tracks recall the work of dramatic artists like Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg more than raging power tools. Not a surprise when you consider that singer-guitarist Blixa Bargeld has played with cabaret rockers the Bad Seeds and that Neubauten members have scored numerous films and theater works. A highlight of the album is the exquisite "Stella Maris"--a lovely duet sung by Bargeld and actress Meret Becker, accompanied by strings! --Fred Cisterna
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A decent album between two masterpieces
D. M. MATALLIN | Valencia, Spain | 04/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Ende Neu' is not one of the best Neubauten's works even if that doesn't mean it's bad of course, since this band has been making a good album after another for more than 20 years. When i first listened to this album I realised it sounded poorer than the previous cd, 'Tabula Rasa'; however, there're some marvellous songs and the rest are decent so I couldn't get disappointed. The first track, 'Was Ist Ist' is a very quick-tempo song which sounds rather spontaneous if not poorly made; the sound is not much elaborated, and Blixa sings as if he had no idea of what to say. 'Stella Maris' is a marvellous ballad with two voices, male and female; every time i hear it I fet imbued with an inefable sense of frailty; it's one of their less typical but nevertheless one of their best songs ever; the emotion is emanating from every single pore of this song. 'die explosion im festpielhaus' is a more typical neubauten song which could have appeared in almost every neubauten album; this implies that is a good song, especially the second part, sung by female chorus, which get my senses back to the atmosphere of Stella Maris. Blixa adds a new 'musical instrument': the pen. Then there comes 'Installation nº1', an almost instrumental song which is decent but sounds like a filler; 'NNNAAAMMM' is a 11 minute track, very electronic and with industrial rhythms which reminds me of Kraftwerk. It's another example of how minimalism and repetitiveness may not be necessarily boring. 'Ende Neu' is a typical Neubauten song but good anyway; the voice sounds quite low, well-mixed with the noise; 'The Garden' is another example of repetition: a unique sentence is repeated almost on every second of the song, till it reaches the climax with the strings and very little noise; I think it's one of the best neubauten songs ever (one of the 15 or 20 best anyway, which is something); the album ends with 'Der schaft von Babel', a brief piece with a very industrial beat; it's quite ok. The cd contains all the lyrics to the songs in german and English... some lyrics (especially 'Stella Maris') are simply good poetry. In my opinion, 'Ende Neu' is poorly made or at least more modest than the previous and the following albums, but it sounds good anyway. I suppose many other bands would die for making such a work anyway."
Interesting music, for an interesting band name
Eduardo Alba Echandi | 03/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i had no clue what to expect from this album. i didnt know weather to expect just some random noise, or good music. theyve been called industrial, but its really like no other, and they dont hide behind that "well its art" curtain either. its really good, and has a soul. they use some weird items to make music, but youd just think its a sampler, or some random noise already created, but they record all the sounds themselves, which is interesting. this is an excellent release, and i plan to indulge in more of their albums. very melodic, and interesting music. catchy, and flows. i was quite suprised by this record, cause its excellent. if you want a good record, thats sung in 90% german, here it is."
Mark Levesque | Philadelphia, PA | 08/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having listened to Neubauten since the 80's, I was a bit put off at first with the change in direction undertaken by the band with this recording. Listening to it now, years later, it's incredibly refreshing and wonderful.
Neubauten's new direction was like changing to a new and unfamiliar wine. The taste is different, yet the delicacy and artistry, the level of experimentation coupled with learned craft are retained. It's a different range of flavors.
I've seen descriptions the likes of "this is not their best work," which is total rubbish. For the non-experienced Neubauten fan, you will hear sounds like you've never heard before - some orchestral, some industrial, technological and harmonial. For the experienced fan, empty your cups, folks."