Einsturzende Neubauten
Tabula Rasa


4.0
excellent

Review

by tomwaits4noman USER (10 Reviews)
December 11th, 2007 | 14 replies | 5,764 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Neuabuten Mark 1 collapses in style

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Latin for clean slate, its an apt title it would be the last album with Mark Chung and Muffi. The album opens with Die Interimsliebenden, with a funky bass by Alexander Hacke. Immediately you are struck by the lack of metallic noise and how melody is beginning to move to the fore.

Zebulon is spare and gentle melody and vocal harmonies devoid of any percussion until it explodes in the last minute or so. Still the release is lacks the abrasion of previous works.
Fans may at this point begin to feel that neubauten have softened and they may be right but then they are missing the point.

Neubauten have began to expand their sound, use noise more sparingly and effective. Blume is a haunting melody, lead by female vocals with Bargelds whispers under pinning it, at times dreamy and other times filled with sadness.

12305 (Te Nacht) is electronic beeps and metal scrapings and droning, not the strongest track but by no means filler.

Sie sees the band swap metal pipes for plastic tubing, a technique that they will reuse throughout later albums, at least until the end of the track where it comes in sparingly. While not as harsh as their more metallic songs, it still has the same intensity.

Wuste is a stand out track, using strings for the first time in a Neubauten album, as well as sand and burning oil. It starts off largely instrumental sounding like a Philip Glass composition, before
Blixa's whispered vocals creep in, at times they are barely audible over weird sounds and strings. Then the song abruptly ends.

Headcleaner builds from a low to hum over 1.03 mins punctuated by metallic percussion then dies down only start up again, and does this over its 15 mins.
Every time explodes the band throw themselves full long into sound smashing metal against metal recalling the glorious collapse of their debut kollapse.

Hearing it now the tension of the track it sounds like percussionist Muffi trying to drown out Bargeld and the rest of the band, it becomes easy to use the song as a metaphor for the inner tensions of the band and how they would never record another song as chaotic or tense as this track.



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Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007



15774 Comments


Hell yes... this is a band that is worth writing about... welcome to the site.

Edit: Where's the album cover?This Message Edited On 12.11.07

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Shattered_Future
December 11th 2007



1539 Comments


So what the hell does this band sound like?

botb
December 11th 2007



9280 Comments


I love german words. they're so long and pointless. XD

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Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2007



15774 Comments


So what the hell does this band sound like?
ha ha, I didn't even notice if the review was any good or not because I didn't read it... track-by-tracks lose my interest faster then a fat chick the morning after...

Essence
December 12th 2007



3556 Comments


Yea what the hell is this album about?


Willie
Moderator
December 12th 2007



15774 Comments


These guys are cool... they're one of the original industrial bands, back when they used to actually use various objects to create the sounds for the album, such as various metals clanging together and things of that nature.
This review doesn't give any background on the band or their methods, and doesn't even really describe the songs... it's a bummer too, cause it's not a bad album.

tomwaits4noman
December 12th 2007



91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

heh its my first review here... ok points noted,

I did make an attempt to describe the sound of the songs

eg: "Zebulon is spare and gentle melody and vocal harmonies devoid of any percussion until it explodes in the last minute or so. Still the release is lacks the abrasion of previous works."

I don't want to send 3 paragraphs describing every second on the song.

Shattered_Future: They change sound with every album, people make lazy comparisons to NIN or Rammestien.
They are industrial, using metal, air compressors, power tools for percussion instead of drums, they have guitar and bass
but use chords for texture so no solos and sonic youth distortion.

Jacktiger7x: Whats the album about?

As in themes, etc... I don't speak German...

ok googled lyrics english translation
"in their communal mouth
lives a hummingbird
with each humming beat of its wings
too swift for the eye to see
cultures flourish and perish
whole continents vanish
here are no harmless words
all by far too large
an example most simple explodes
in 10^14 for
the interimlovers"


Recording methods,

The band record songs from what you might call jam sessions,
THey have two percussionists, but band members often change instruments or even create or build instruments from found objects.
Certain song credits contain instruments as diverse as air turbines and motor engines.

Imagine the junk yard sound of Tom Waits meets Nick Cave's blues and Cabaret married with Depeche Modes darkest moments.....

If that is not clear enough then http://www.neubauten.org/

ValiumMan
December 12th 2007



493 Comments


back when they used to actually use various objects to create the sounds for the album, such as various metals clanging together and things of that nature.

They still do. They're just using a lot more conventional instruments on top of it now.
I think what sets EN apart from a lot of other industrial bands is that they're great songwriters. Even their early, noisy stuff is cleverly arranged, without sounding too "planned out". In short, great band.
As for the review, it wasn't that great, mainly for the reasons other people mentioned already. When you're writing about not-extremely-popular bands, it's important that you give some background info as well as some general description of their sound.


deroeckj
February 6th 2008



69 Comments



I don't agree with that 'backgrond info for non-popular bands'.
If you want background info go search the band's home page or google/wikipedia for that info. I don't want to read the same thing over again.

Also, popular at 1 place is often not to extrapolate. Rush ex. is not known by most mainland-European people, despite their massive success in Northern-America. Does that mean you have to describe the band/background for all their 14 golden discs ? no

rasputin
February 6th 2008



14504 Comments


I love german words. they're so long and pointless. XD

german long words aren't even that long, check out turkish or hungarian.

Spare
August 24th 2008



5223 Comments


ZEIG HEIL EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN.

Mendigo
August 24th 2008



2299 Comments


wtf?
however, I still need to get this album, but I do really like the band (I've recently got "Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.", very, very frightening). one of my favourite german bands right now, and quite possibly my favourite outside of the Krautrock movement. and they're one of the few german bands that doe enjoy some fame outside of Germany, whose lyrics are actually good. (unlike the amazingly shitty ones by Rammstein or, more recently, the ludicrous stuff Equilibrium believes to be mystical.

GiaNXGX
December 27th 2012



4867 Comments


mediocre and arvo rhymes the same

GiaNXGX
December 27th 2012



4867 Comments







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