Alles wieder offen
German industrialists Einsturzende Neubauten first came to fame on the sounds of power drills, oil cans, and sheets of metal grafted against the German language's most guttural accents. Their deliberate crudeness evolved into music that could never be described as conventional, but it has come to incorporate rhythms and tonal clusters much closer to those usually experienced by the human ear. Alles Wieder Offen (All Open Again) was recorded over a span of 200 days in the band's own studio and was privately funded by "subscribers" who took part in online discussions to decide the album's development. The end result is an album that's surprisingly more subdued than one might expect. "Nagorny Karabach" sounds nearly pop, while "Unvollstandigkeit" travels down an experimental stream-of-consciousness path and "Weil Weil Weil" turns into a hypnotic weave. "Die Wellen" recalls the band's earlier days when rage was their natural starting point.