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Lament (Einstürzende Neubauten album)

Lament is a studio album by German band Einstürzende Neubauten, released on 7 November 2014.[1][2][3][4] The album is a studio reconstruction[1] of a performance piece commissioned by the Belgian town of Diksmuide to commemorate the outbreak of World War I.[5] Among the album's pieces are an opening track featuring lyrics that are not sung, but intended to be read by the audience.[1]

Lament
Studio album by
Released7 November 2014
RecordedDecember 2013 - September 2014
GenreExperimental
Length72:48
LanguageEnglish, German, Flemish
LabelMute Records
ProducerBoris Wilsdorf, Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten chronology
Strategies Against Architecture IV
(2010)
Lament
(2014)

The track "The Willy - Nicky Telegrams" is a duet between Alexander Hacke, playing Russian Tsar Nicholas II, and Blixa Bargeld, as Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, discussing the diplomatic manoeuvring that lead to war via telegram exchange.[5] The two royals, first cousins by marriage, referred to one another as "Willy" and "Nicky".

The performance also includes two songs written by James Reese Europe, musical director of the United States' 369th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriterLength
1."Kriegsmaschinerie"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Bargeld
5:30
2."Hymnen"Arrangement: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Bargeld, based on various hymns
2:49
3."The Willy - Nicky Telegrams"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Bargeld, based on the telegraphic correspondence between Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Nicholas II of Russia
6:24
4."In De Loopgraaf"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke
L: Paul van den Broeck (1916)
4:15
5."Der 1. Weltkrieg (Percussion Version)"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke
L: Bargeld
13:14
6."On Patrol In No Man's Land"Arr.: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: James Reese Europe, Bargeld
3:10
7."Achterland"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Paul van den Broeck (1916)
3:17
8."Lament: 1. Lament"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Bargeld
6:24
9."Lament: 2. Abwärtsspirale"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: Bargeld
2:29
10."Lament: 3. Pater Peccavi"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: based on "The Prodigal Son" by Jacob Clemens non Papa
5:34
11."How Did I Die?"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke
L: Bargeld
7:13
12."Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind"M: Peter Seeger
L: Max Colpet
3:39
13."Der Beginn des Weltkrieges 1914 (Dargestellt unter Zuhilfenahme eines Tierstimmenimitators)"M: Bargeld, Chudy, Hacke, Arbeit, Moser
L: de:Joseph Plaut (1926)
5:47
14."All Of No Man's Land Is Ours"Arr.: Bargeld
L: James Reese Europe
2:54

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Lament". Neubauten.org. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Einsturzende Neubauten Lament: Details". The Quietus. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Einstürzende Neubauten Unveil WW1 Inspired Project". Clash Music. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Einstürzende Neubauten: neues Album 'Lament' am 7. November". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Remembering the Trenches: Einstürzende Neubauten's 'Lament'". Wonderingsound.com. Retrieved 15 April 2015.