Einstürzende Neubauten
"Alles Wieder Offen"

(Potomak 2007)Einstürzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen

It seems that Blixa Bargeld's exit a few years ago from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds has proven fruitful for Einstürzende Neubauten. Likely it is the prolific band's supporter project that has kept them almost continuously in the music making mode. Over the band's 27 year history, things have changed but Neubauten's newest album, "Alles Wieder Offen," offers glances back over their shoulder. Getting away from the more melodic songs that trick your ear into forgetting this is, in fact, industrial rock, "Alles Wieder Offen" continues the band's tradition of being heavy on rhythm and chanting.

The delicate "Ich Hatte Ein Wort" patters gently and offers a reflective moment while, similarly, the sharp pizzicato and smooth bowed cries of strings bleed into clanging percussion on "Von Wegen." The lightly choppy melody of "Nagorny Karabach" sails seamlessly by as "Susei" creeps along with its low thumping. The band work silence like never before as a soft melody and subtle bass riff accompanies Bargeld for "Ich Warte." Neubauten offer a Devo-esque new wave sound on the infectious "Let's Do It A Dada" while "Weil Weil Weil" takes a more traditional approach with the song's title chanted endlessly.

"Alles Wieder Offen" seems to be a test in restraint for Neubauten. How many songs can the German band last before unleashing on listeners their trademark aural assault of organized chaos? The answer might surprise you as the album remains evenhanded throughout. What is more, the album establishes itself quite differently than "Silence Is Sexy." "Alles Wieder Offen" is a refreshing break in Neubauten's discography.


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