ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 9, 2004 (UK), FEBRUARY 10, 2004 REVIEW: JANUARY 21,
walk giants among us. And they are called Einstürzende Neubauten.
In the beginning, these giants demolished new built houses in Berlin with
their sonic assaults. Nowadays they gently rebuild them in new shapes,
whispering "Silence Is Sexy".
It is staggering the way Blixa Bargeld and his cohorts manage to re-invent
themselves, year after year. And to be honest, I would have been satisfied
if "Perpetuum Mobile" had been half as good as the previous
proper album "Silence Is Sexy".
It is almost better.
low-key sound structures are still eminent; utilising silences, small
noises, whispering vocals and piano. But this time around, rhythm instruments
are used more in all their shapes and forms, giving the songs another
drive and momentum. The song writing is also a bit better (and it has
never been anything less than brilliant) giving me instant favourites:
the dark and foreboding "Ich gehe jetzt", melancholic and forceful
"Dead Friends around the Corner" and strangely compelling "Selbstportrait
mit Kater". At the same time the record gets a thematic scope.
don’t know what has caused all this. Maybe it's the fans that paid
to be part of the recording process via the web, maybe it's a sign of
a band totally in tune with their own maturation process or maybe it's
just that Blixa and the boys are so god damned talented. "Perpetuum
Mobile" is not just a record; it's work of great importance, which
grows, with every listening.
one thing preventing "Perpetuum Mobile" to strike through the
roof, reaching the rare ten as grade, is the fact that that would mean
Einstürzende Neubauten had reached their creative peak and I think
they haven‘t. They have many years more of good records, redefining
music as we know it, in them. Making gigantic leaps of imagination for
the rest of us.
I said – there walk giants among us. I am very happy if I can rest
in the sound scapes that are their footsteps from time to time.