M5G 24213 Belief
Produced by Flood
Released on 1988
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M5G 24213 cover  

A n early arrival to the industrial revolution, and early arrivals are always a little awkward. Belief wants to be a brutal record but lacks the muscle. It’s the skinny kid with the nunchucks, comical and yet dangerous too. The original cover conveyed the importance of “white” space on this album (the cassette version is design-challenged), but “white” space was erased when the real revolution got started. Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and yes even Nitzer Ebb were soon painting everything with black, heavy brushes that covered the landscape in eternal midnight. But Belief still carries the candle of club music as if Nitzer Ebb were afraid to be the first to go into the dark woods alone. It still has some deliciously dark moments-“Hearts and Minds,” “Control Im Here,” “Blood Money”-but in wanting this to be the equal of Showtime I end up covering my eyes lest the light fall too harshly on its faults. And the fault of Belief is that, for a scary record, it’s not scary enough. “T.W.A.” and “Shame” should have been chilling rather than merely cool. I admire the fact that this music is groundbreaking, if even only mildly so, and see in it the same seeds of revolution that are evident on an album like Spreading the Disease. But I always felt the band should have gone back and done this right. With a fuller, darker brush, Nitzer Ebb could have captured the blackness of Belief so much better. As it stands now, this is Nitzer Ebb knocking on the door of the revolution and hearing some of the bolts give way. Required listening for revolutionary historians, I suppose, but if you want to see the door come crashing down wait for Showtime, Psalm 69 and so on. There’s also a review of this at All Music Guide.

M5G 24213 inner sleeve
M5G 24213 inner sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HEARTS AND MINDS
  2. FOR FUN
  3. CONTROL IM HERE
  4. CAPTIVATE
  5. T.W.A.
  6. BLOOD MONEY
  7. SHAME
  8. DRIVE
  9. WITHOUT BELIEF

    UK CD bonus tracks
  10. K.I.A. (PK MIX)
  11. CONTROL IM HERE (S.D.I. MIX)
  12. WITHOUT BELIEF (INSTRUMENTAL)

CREDITS

Flood -- engineer
Paul Kendall -- engineer
Nitzer Ebb Produkt -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1988 Mute LP/CD/CS STUMM/CDSTUMM 61 picture sleeve, CD w. bonus tracks
US 1988 Geffen LP/CD/CS GHS/M5G 24213  
BEL 1988 Mute LP STUMM-46061 picture sleeve
CAN 1988 Geffen LP XGHS 24213  

 

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