Alexander Hacke CD review by Howard Wuelfing

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Alexander Hacke CD review by Howard Wuelfing
Jun 18, 2007, 07:06

Alexander Hacke - Sanctuary


Sanctuary is the formal solo debut from Einsturzende Neubauten's instrumental jack-of-all-trades Alexander Hacke. Rather than making a focused statement of his personal artistic vision, he's chosen to collect a series of collaborative pieces. He solicited contributions from Foetus, Larry Mullins, Caspar Brotzmann and a long list of other notable avant-guardians from around the globe and used those as raw material for constructing a variety of disparate, engaging sound-worlds.

In just about all cases the end result winds up being a logical extension of the collaborator's respective canon: bracing heavy rock from Unsane's Vince Signiorelli; a grandiose post-Industrial symphony from Foetus and so on. In all cases, Hacke displays good taste, great expertise, subtlety and powerful imagination in his turning the basic materials at hand into red-blooded, fully-realized creations, and making them unmistakably his own.

His addition of sprung acoustic textures subverts and adds greatly to the Unsane über-rock oeuvre.  The contrary melodic themes he's inserted into the groove Foetus handed over takes that track places Jim's never gotten 'round to visiting himself. Alex likewise acquits himself nobly with ingeniously kitted-out hip and trip hop, knitting glowering atmospherics to support spouted poesy, nervy recitation and so on.

Sanctuary functions as a canny compilation of sundry recent and more “traditional” underground aesthetic modes. [Koolarrow]

-Howard Wuelfing


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