Einstürzende Neubauten – Yu-Gung (1985)

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Halber Mensch (or ½ Mensch; English: Half Man) is the third studio album by German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. It was released on 2 September 1985, through record label Some Bizzare Records. Halber Mensch shows a wider artistic range for the group, incorporating elements of electronic dance music in “Yü-Gung (Fütter mein Ego)” and performing the title track (nearly) a cappella. The group also expands their dynamic range: Blixa Bargeld’s voice in “Seele Brennt” suddenly switches from a barely audible whisper to a high-pitched scream, while quiet bass guitar overtones float over relatively restrained percussion in “Letztes Biest (am Himmel)”.

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