Regular readers will note that I have all four of the Bureau B reissues of German pop genius Andreas Dorau as purchased over the last two years. I just got notice that Dorau has just served up his latest offering of ebullient pop and will be keeping an eye peeled for purchase of this latest album, his first since 2011. Dorau celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday and had his latest album released on Friday to synergize his celebration. “Aus Der Bibliothèque” [“From The Library”] is his first album to be recorded with a full band since 1988’s jaw-dropping “Demokratie.” While his self-recorded albums of in-studio wunderkind pop are excellent, I do think that when he has the energies of others to play off of, his compositions really take flight; moving from excellence to astonishment. So it could be that this album may sit on the very high shelf that “Demokratie” currently sits on in my pantheon of Dorau albums.
“Aus Der Bibliothèque” was so named, because Dorau spends a lot of time there, eventually realizing that his song ideas might be at his very fingertips. Open to the possibilities, the songs began flowing with the investigations of various books, CDs, and DVDs. On the lure of libraries, Andreas proclaims “…why should I spend money on books, music or DVDs when they will just gather dust at home?” A man after my own heart, except for where music is concerned! My take is that money is better spent on music than books or DVDs which are only enjoyed occasionally. Music, in contrast, is a perpetual enjoyment in the Monk’s world!
Andreas Dorau: Aus Der Bibliothéque GER CD 
- Der Monat
- Reden Wir Von Mir
- Stählerner Adler
- Sabelle Fliegt
- Faul Und Bequem
- Bienen Am Fenster
- Für Immer
The preview clips paint an irresistible portrait of the album that continues Dorau’s affinity for quirky, idiosyncratic lyrics mated with fulsome pop melodies that offer pleasure unabashedly. Andreas’ love of pop music was also spurred by his library. His modus operandi in writing these songs was to check out a random selection of CDs at the library; scouring each one for harmonic ideas, however small, to use as the seeds of his own compositions. Much cheaper than a sampling clearance as well! And more endearingly old school. Speaking of endearing, you also have to love his choice of books for the cover shot!
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