Opus Dei album cover
Opus Dei



Laibach made the jump to wider Anglophonic attention with 1987’s Opus Dei, released on Mute in the UK and Wax Trax! in the US, wrapping up an astounding multimedia critique and parody of fascism, totalitarianism, arena rock and more into a compellingly listenable album that pulled no punches. In particular, their transformations of Queen’s “One Vision” (as “Geburt Einer Nation”) and Opus’s “Love Is Life” (twice, in both English and German) into grandiose roughly sung party-rally hymns proved to be an anchor approach for much of their work to come.

Ned Raggett

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