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  • Summary: The German noisemakers return with a somewhat quieter affair, marking their first studio recording in four years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mojo
    Evern more so than on Silence Is Sexy... a few telling elements are deployed to dramatic effect here. [Feb 2004, p.98]
  2. Perpetuum Mobile offers a more moving and engaging experience than you would expect from an album whose primary instrumentation involves an air compressor and a car tyre.
  3. On the whole, this is the quietest Neubauten album to date, frequently lowering to a mere whisper, but don't let this fool you-- no album this band has made in the past has bristled with so much latent violence or been haunted by a more palpable sense of unseen menace.
  4. As the album wears on, however, it becomes clear that Einstürzende Neubauten has spent more time cultivating their bristling sonic elements than exploring compositional variety or subtlety.
  5. The Wire
    Rather than fetishing these sound sources, Neubaten vacuum-pack the lot inside a hermetic and constricting production that is immensely disturbing. [#241, p.57]
  6. It is difficult to say which is more tedious and painful to listen to, the lyrics or the orchestration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. urhok
    Mar 3, 2004
    May be their best work yet. unbeliveable.
  2. BrunoP
    Jan 18, 2006
    This is amazing album. After one year of listening to it, I can say its one of their best albums, much better then silence is sexy.