Einstuerzende Neubauten "Haus der Luege" (Rough Trade). This German band, whose name translates as "Collapsing New Buildings," attracted some attention-even a mention by Ann Landers-with its original choice of instruments, which included anvils, jackhammers and other power tools. The opening track of EN's new "Haus der Luege" ("House of Lies"), "Prolog," alternates spoken narration with bursts of cacophony, but much of the album is uncharacteristically low-key. The pounding of "Fuerio!," a hymn to flame that attempts to console the scapegoat of the Reichstag fire, yields to "Ein Stuhl der Hoelle" ("A Chair in Hell"), a folk tune sung to pianissimo percussion. Side two is even quieter: Such tracks as "Fiat Lux" and "The Kiss" are intensely rhythmic, but in a moodier, more serene mode than the band's most notorious work.
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