Do With Me What You Want
Writing reviews can sometimes be a very difficult process. I know, I know, it sounds easy, and hey, you get a chance to hear the new music before anyone else. I admit, that is a very good part of it. The difficulty comes in if you just take a moment to stop and think about what a review is. It’s more than just a glowing review of a new album, and it’s more than just “free press” for an upcoming release. Difficulty comes in when you go into writing a review with pre-conceived notions of what the artist will be like. Hence my issue when I received the new Artoffact Records album “Do With Me What You Want” by En Esch and Mona Mur.
Most people that read this article will have their own preconceptions of what the album will be like. When you hear En Esch, I am sure your mind goes automatically back to the time he spent with KMFDM. For me, I started with that, and also started to remember an album En Esch did solo a few years back called Cheesy. That changes all connotations about his time with KMFDM. To be honest, even though I respect En Esch as a musician, Cheesy was not an album I would say to hold on to, or even purchase for that matter. So I admit, I was truly a bit skewed when I was first presented with the new album by En Esch and Mona Mur. Aye, there’s the caveat. I neglected to remember Mona Mur and the time she has spent on her craft.
Mona Mur has a very impressive resume going all the way back to time spent collaborating with Einstürzende Neubauten. That is what makes this album something to be excited about. After listening to it, I was, and I am very excited by it.
Do With Me What You Want is quite frankly one of the best collaborations I have had the pleasure to hear. There is grit, there is passion, there is motivation, and yes, there is even a little bit of what the hell was that?
- Silly Romance
- Eiskalt (In Der Liebe Und Im Krieg)
- Flesh & Blood
- Easy Living
- My Life
- Do With Me What You Want
- Le Weltanschauung (Les Jeux Sont Faits)
- New Order
- Part Again
- Do Widzenia
Every song on this album is enjoyable, but beyond the Title Track, I would like to draw your attention to Guilty and to My Life. Each of these songs speaks very deeply to the soul, and has a danceable track to go along with it. Mona Mur is incredible in her own right, and En Esch has spent most of MY Lifetime building a steady following of fans. Now, with the two collaborating, it’s amazing how different it is, while still retaining the integrity of both individual artists. I am sure that once this album hits shelves, people will pick it up, enjoy it, and tell others about it. Gone are the times of “he used to be with KMFDM and released a Cheesy album.” Yes, pun fully intended there.