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Einsturzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen (2007) Retail CD
An absolutely astonishing album! How often do you find a band reaching the peak of their creativity 27 years into their career?
In his pamphlet "Music, Violence, Truth", Ben Watson questioned how a band whose name means "collapsing new buildings" and who achieved notoriety by drilling into a stress-bearing beam at the ICA could continue being relevant after the 11th September 2001, now that such artistic gestures pale into insignificance when compared to the new "real world".
Neubauten have effortlessly brushed aside these doubts in their post-2001 output, turning towards a peculiarly Europeanmore… lyricism that draws on centuries of European philosophical thought allied to the rigorous but anti-academic sound research of the holy minimalist and spectralist movements in modern classical music. More astonishingly, at the core of all the shimmering and chiming sonic lattices lie profoundly simple songs that could, in an alternative universe, belong to such masters of understated conciseness as Lee Hazlewood, Serge Gainsbourg or Johnny Cash.
The results presented here on "Alles Wieder Offen" suggest the great album that Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds could have made if only they were willing to detach themselves from their luddite traditionalism and plunge recklessly into the 21st Century. Less sprawling than 2004's fine "Perpetuum Mobile", "Alles Wieder Offen" is a completely accessible whilst still being uncompromisingly experimental in a manner that has probably not been achieved since the first Velvet Underground album. Although this is only the second major album by the group since that fateful September, they have certainly not been idle, honing ideas on a series of subscriber-only releases of experiments and works in progress. Listening to this album, I can only marvel at the extent to which those experiments have paid off.
|1||Die Wellen [The Waves]|
|4||Ich Hatte ein Wort [I Had a Word]|
|5||Von Wegen [Of Ways]|
|6||Let's Do It a Dada|
|7||Alles Wieder Offen [All Open Again]|
|10||Ich Warte [I'm Waiting]|
- Einsturzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen (2007) Retail CD
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