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Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Review - Silence Is Sexy

Artist: Einstürzende Neubauten

Posted on Tue, Aug 15, 2000 at 4:00 AM

Einstürzende Neubauten ("collapsing buildings" in German), part of the first wave of avant-garde industrial music, originated in Berlin. Utilizing real sounds (metal, pistons, air pumps) rather than the digital sampler, Neubauten is dedicated to the exploration of sound. "Silence Is Sexy," a two-disc set, is an hour-and-a-half journey into the psyche of self, of politics, into real sonic territory -- operating through subtlety and ambience.

Most of Blixa Bargeld's lyrics are in German, but fear not -- English translations are provided. Songs are often extended dirges, as sounds come and go: vocals, complex and almost tribal rhythms played on metal drum kits, guitars, falling objects, drills and other machinery. The record's apex is "Pelikanol," the sole cut on the second CD. Chant-like vocals, whispers, static -- it's dark, frightening and, like the rest of "Silence Is Sexy," somehow incredibly seductive.

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