Einsturzende Neubauten, Alles Wieder Offen

Rob Young

By Rob Young

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Amid all the fuss over Radiohead's self-released In Rainbows, it was conveniently forgotten that German veterans Einstürzende Neubauten have been nurturing a two-way relationship with their fans via web subscriptions for years. Alles Wieder Offen, their first "proper" album since 2004's Perpetuum Mobile is a brilliant sequence of prophetic chants, electronically processed scrapyard percussion and ferocious rhythms that fall with the practised urgency of a butcher's cleaver.

German industrial vets get wholesome. Sort of.

There's a theme here: “Die Wellen” (“The Waves”) opens by describing voices swelling out of a raging sea; the finale, “Ich Warte,” builds to a triumphant call to the heavens to open. Instead of the urban "kollaps" of former days, Neubauten are now soliciting a more cleansing and wholesome kind of deluge. “Don't take the advice of those who have long since frittered away their winter fat of opportunities,” growls Bargeld over the aluminum whiplash of “Weilweilweil” — there's enough gristle on this outfit to outlast many cold snaps to come.