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Editors’ Notes

German industrialists Einsturzende Neubauten first came to fame on the sounds of power drills, oil cans, and sheets of metal grafted against the German language's most guttural accents. Their deliberate crudeness evolved into music that could never be described as conventional, but it has come to incorporate rhythms and tonal clusters much closer to those usually experienced by the human ear. Alles Wieder Offen (All Open Again) was recorded over a span of 200 days in the band's own studio and was privately funded by "subscribers" who took part in online discussions to decide the album's development. The end result is an album that's surprisingly more subdued than one might expect. "Nagorny Karabach" sounds nearly pop, while "Unvollstandigkeit" travels down an experimental stream-of-consciousness path and "Weil Weil Weil" turns into a hypnotic weave. "Die Wellen" recalls the band's earlier days when rage was their natural starting point.

Customer Reviews

A very great accomplishment

This is the first time I ever gave five stars. EN is one of those few groups that been around forever but keeps getting better with every recording. This is an improvement over their last album (one of my favorites) and I think they were more deliberate about editing in this instance because there is not a single point in this recording where it becomes boring or I ask myself "What the hell am I listening to?" It's beautifuly orchestrated and highly... futuristic?? You will love this if you are open to their idea.


Ich leibe ihr musik. Das ist ein gut kaufen!

Not as brilliant as silence is sexy, but.....

it's still fantastic. I may not love every song here but they all are deserving of praise. my favorites- Nagorny karabach(This reminds me of Bjork's "Hidden Place" lyrically) Ich hatte ein wort (Very Uplifting, yet fully articulated, and courtly) Alles Wieder Offen(A somewhat traditional EN song, bringing out all of the old mainstay sounds and lyrical play yet still new enough in the right places to beat away stagnation.) Susej(This one reminds me of "Total Eclipse of the sun" Yearning,Elegant,and Sinister.) And of course, How could I not love "Ich warte" it sounds to me like "folk EN" I Hope their entire next album sounds like this! (Of course, with a little klaviermusik and ambient thrown in)


Formed: April 1, 1980 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, Germany's Einstürzende Neubauten ("collapsing new buildings") helped pioneer industrial music with an avant-garde mix of white-noise guitar drones, vocals verging on the unlistenable at times, and a clanging, rhythmic din produced by a percussion section consisting of construction materials, power tools, and various metal objects. Einstürzende Neubauten were founded by vocalist/guitarist Blixa Bargeld and percussionist/American expatriate N.U. Unruh...
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