Tabula Rasa (1993) This German band's name means "collapsing new buildings," and for the past 12 years Einsturzende Neubauten has ripped pop apart by using stuff like a… Einsturzende Neubauten
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Tabula Rasa (1993)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Einsturzende Neubauten

This German band's name means ''collapsing new buildings,'' and for the past 12 years Einsturzende Neubauten has ripped pop apart by using stuff like a shopping cart, cable cords, and burning oil to create beat, texture, and — dare I say — melody. Now, with Tabula Rasa, they're starting to rebuild, with haunting songs about relationships (the grindingly rhythmic ''Die Interimsliebenden (Interim Lovers)''), women (the ethereal ''Blume''), and Germany's neo-Nazi movement (the bone-chilling ''Headcleaner''). A-

Originally posted Feb 19, 1993 Published in issue #158 Feb 19, 1993 Order article reprints