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Vinyl, Import, 25 November 2014
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- Product Dimensions : 31.5 x 31.19 x 0.99 cm; 572.09 Grams
- Manufacturer : BMG RIGHTS
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Label : BMG RIGHTS
- ASIN : B00NOB06F6
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 87,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Einstrzende Neubauten are back with a new exceptional composition. The band has produced a musical work on the outbreak of World War I 100 years ago, which will make its premiere performance in Diksmuide, Belgium on November 8, 2014. In this work the band will link their techniques, which are explicitly bound to the traditions of the avant-garde, with this first global event that shook the entire world.
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Es un disco recomendable 100% a quien conozca bien la trayectoria del grupo, pero no es el ideal para comenzar a escucharlo.
And it works. Oh, boy: does it work.
Kriegsmaschinerie sets the scene for the album as it sets the scene for war - war that never ends, but moves. Here is the sound of a continent gearing itself up for what 1914 was about to bring it... and then it's juxtaposed with a witty take on what was then the national anthem of the UK and Empire, and of Germany - sung, naturally, in both languages. There's similar wit in the setting of the telegrams sent between the cousins in Berlin and St Petersburg.
Emotional heft is lent by In de Loopgraf, a bare and minimal dance with Bargeld's vocals accompanied by Unruh's barbed-wire harp-cum-dulcimer, and by How Did I Die, which is rich and loud and altogether breathtaking (and which also echoes A Quiet Life from Bargeld and Teardo's "Still Smiling").
But the standout piece is the tri-partite title track, which blends found recordings with the abstract vocals and burst of noise of tracks like Vox Populi ("Grundstueck"). It's subtle, restrained and ultimately heartbreaking.
The one weak point is perhaps Der Beginn des Weltkriegs - a borrowing that perhaps ought to have remained unborrowed - but this does not detract significantly from the album as a whole. A long time in the making, it displays an amazing complexity and artistic vision, and - like so much of Neubauten's work - gets more rewarding with repeated listening. After the disappointment that was "Alles Wieder Offen", it bodes very well for future releases.