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Silence Is Sexy
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Album: Silence Is Sexy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sabrina
2)    Silence is Sexy
3)    In Circles
4)    Newtons Gravit„tlichkeit
5)    Zampano
6)    Heaven is of Honey
7)    Beauty
8)    Die Befindlichkeit Des Landes
9)    Musentango
10)    Alles
1)    Sonnenbarke
2)    Redukt
3)    Dingsaller
4)    Anrufe In Abwesenheit
5)    Pelikanol
 
Album: Silence Is Sexy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sabrina
2)    Silence is Sexy
3)    In Circles
4)    Newtons Gravit„tlichkeit
5)    Zampano
6)    Heaven is of Honey
7)    Beauty
8)    Die Befindlichkeit Des Landes
9)    Musentango
10)    Alles
1)    Sonnenbarke
2)    Redukt
3)    Dingsaller
4)    Anrufe In Abwesenheit
5)    Pelikanol
 
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Performer Notes
  • Einsturzende Neubaten: Blixa Bargeld (vocals, electric slide guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavichord, Hammond organ); Alexander Hacke (electric guitar, E-bow, viraphone, synthesizer, bass, percussion, loops, background vocals); Jochen Arbeit (guitar, background vocals); AC (Hammond organ, drums, maracas, percussion, background vocals); Rudi Moser (drums, percussion, bells); N.U. Unruh.
  • Additional personnel includes: Sebastian Reimann, Alexandra Kratsch, Ruth-Maria Kosow, Natalia Domagala (violin); Magnus Dohler, Christoph Rabbels, Manuel Klein (viola); Florian Dohler, Jan Schade (cello); Julia Regehr, Ingo Krauss, Marc Weis (background vocals).
  • Producers: Einsturzende Neubaten, Boris Wilsdorf.
  • Recorded at Hansa and Trixx Studios, Berlin, Germany between April 1998 & January 2000.
  • SILENCE IS SEXY continues Einsturzende Neubauten's explorations of individual sounds and anti-sounds. On the title track, several passages of silence are broken only by the sound of singer Blixa Bargeld inhaling on a cigarette; but, given that this is an Einstnrzende Neubauten record, that sound is amplified enough for you to be able to taste his brand.
  • While the majority of the cuts uncoil slowly, sinister affairs constructed around Bargeld's debauched, lounge-crawling, after-hours aristocrat-on-hard-times vocals, there are a couple of danceable tracks. "Newtons Gravitatlichkeit" and "Zampano" both featuring pulsating bass lines and frenetic percussion; though both also have several time-signature changes that might prove hazardous on the dance floor. Collectors should note that initial copies of the CD included a second disc featuring the slithering 18 and-a-half minute "Pelikanol."
Professional Reviews
Q (5/00, p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[It has] unnerving grace. Using everything from string quartets to jet turbines, metal sheets and electric guitar, it moves from being severely irritating to moments of great beauty..."

Magnet (8-9/00, p.75) - "...Brilliant....[it] is concerned with creativity, with the nature of art, science and even German identity....[they] remain without peer."

The Wire (1/01, p.34) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year" [2000].

The Wire (4/00, p.51) - "...Animated by [an] eerie inmost light....Musically, the album is all the more disturbing for being so restrained, with minimal percussive backing shadowing [Blixa] Bargeld's whispers....[it] is speckled with sparkling shafts of light..."

CMJ (7/00, p.50) - "...The sound of the prototypical pre-Reznor industrial group adjusting to the rhythms of the digital age. The more tuneful...moments find the factory-floor clamor clicking along at a ones-and-zeroes pace..."

Melody Maker (7/18/00, p.56) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...From Berlin and rightly venerated as noise insurrectionaires 'par excellence'."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It references every aspect of their extreme sonic smorgasbord...the distended title track an exercise in skin-tingling, pin-drop dynamics."
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