Sunday, December 16, 2007
Einstürzende Neubauten - Perpetuum Mobile (2004)
There was a time when Blixa Bargeld and his band were the spree killers rampaging through malls on busy Saturdays, all searing anger, deafening noise and violent flash. The visceral power of their first decade of work is undeniable-- they had christened themselves Einsturzende Neubauten (German for "collapsing new buildings") and they made music to match the moniker, employing scrap metal and dental equipment to give it the necessary sturm-und-drang. After releasing a series of lackluster albums in 1990s which lost the immediacy of their prime work, the band made an impressive rebound with 2000's Silence Is Sexy, and they've all but perfected the more restrained approach begun on that album with Perpetuum Mobile: Where once they embodied bursts of malevolent violence, they're now something more akin to a different kind of murderer: the long-term, reclusive serial killer, whose neighbors find to be the quietest, most polite person on the block, but who has secretly buried 48 bodies in the woods behind his house.
Lyrics in German and English: