Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Subjects for Further Research [1980s]: Collapsing New Buildings, who in case you didn't guess are German, invented industrial, which by decade's end was an important strain of dance music, although they themselves were never disco-friendly. The rock-concrète experiments on 80-83 Strategies Against Architecture, replete with banging radiators and other new-metal timbres, are certainly worth hearing once. The oft-praised 1/2 Mensch intersperses arresting moments with seemly din. And though they never developed a pulse or a sense of humor, by the first side of 1989's Haus der Lüge they had achieved a symphonic grandeur that wasn't stupid or irrelevant, which in a rock context is always news.