Halber Mensch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Halber Mensch
Studio album by
Released2 September 1985
GenreIndustrial, experimental
LabelSome Bizarre
ProducerGareth Jones, Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten chronology
Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.
Halber Mensch
Fünf Auf der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala

Halber Mensch (or 1/2 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)".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Einstürzende Neubauten, except as noted.

Side A
1."Halber Mensch" ("Half Man")Blixa BargeldAlexander Hacke, Bargeld, F.M. Einheit, Mark Chung, N.U. Unruh, Nikkolai Weidemann4:13
2."Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego)" ("Yü-Gung (Feed My Ego)")  7:14
3."Trinklied" ("Drinking Song")  1:15
4."Z.N.S." ("C.N.S.")  5:40
Side B
1."Seele Brennt" ("Soul Is Burning")4:05
2."Sehnsucht (Zitternd)" ("Desire (Trembling)")2:55
3."Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy" ("Death Is a Dandy")6:41
4."Letztes Biest (Am Himmel)" ("Last Beast (In the Sky)")3:28

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press described Halber Mensch as "[Einstürzende Neubauten's] strongest record" and "truly remarkable".[2] AllMusic called it "an excellent feat of industrial music".[1]


In 2003, after a continuous conflict with Some Bizzare Records,[citation needed] the band released a remastered reissue of this album with another version of the cover.



  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Halber Mensch – Einstürzende Neubauten : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. ^ Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Einstürzende Neubauten". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013.

External links[edit]