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Rammstein Rosenrot Product Type Compact Disc Heavy Metal Rock Pop

Track Title. 1 Benzin. 2 Mann Gegen Mann. 3 Rosenrot. 4 Spring. 5 Wo Bist Du. 6 Stirb Nicht Vor Mir / Don’t Die Before I Do. 7 Zerstoren. 8 Hilf Mir. 9 Te Quiero Puta. 10 Felier Und Wasser. 11 Ein Lied. To date, Rammstein haven’t been able to equal the excitement and power of their breakthrough 1998 album, Sehnsucht, and while Rosenrot suffers that fate, there’s an EP’s worth of brilliance and one track that towers above them all. Just as exciting as their massive hit “Du Hast,” “Te Quiero Puta!” is a glorious blend of the group’s usual Teutonic crunch and mariachi music that earns the exclamation point in its title. It’s loco to hear Rammstein with bright horns and Latin vocalists and just about as odd to hear them with Sharleen Spiteri — lead singer for the classy pop act Texas — whose sweet and somber vocals make “Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don’t Die Before I Do)” sound very dreamy, very Nightwish. The out of control “Zerst ren” and “Benzin,” with its biting social commentary on the world’s addiction to oil, are the final two tracks for the hypothetical four-star EP, since the rest of Rosenrot sounds a bit too formulaic. Most everything is tense during the verses, then blows up during the choruses, but if there’s one area the band has made giant steps, it’s with the lyrics. Greed, irresponsible hedonism, and modern-day interpretations of Goethe are touched upon through wordplay and metaphor, all of it lost on the non-Deutsch speaking set. It still doesn’t make up for the stale turns the music takes on a good portion of the album, but there are signs that Sehnsucht’s worthy follow-up is more possible than ever. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi. Product Type: Compact Disc.

Rammstein Mutter Product Type Compact Disc Heavy Metal Rock Pop

Track Title. 1 Mein Herz Brennt. 2 Links 234. 3 Sonne. 4 Ich Will. 5 Feuer Frei. 6 Mutter. 7 Spieluhr. 8 Zwitter. 9 Rein Raus. 10 Adios. 11 Nebel. With the first Rammstein album you hear, it’s hard not to be slightly amazed by the sheer chutzpah of it all. The German lyrics, the prog rock tendencies, the classic metal guitars, and the ridiculous basso profundo vocals — you either fall for it, spurn it, or are utterly bemused by the extremeness of it all. Unless you’re a fanatic, it wears a little thin the second time around. And for most listeners, Mutter, the group’s third album and sequel to their inexplicable commercial breakthrough Sehnsucht, will be the second time around since it’s their first release since becoming a high profile act. Thing is, if you’ve heard that record, you’ve pretty much heard Mutter, since all the trademarks are in place, without much noticeable variation. Yes, there are slight differences, chief of which is the cleaner production, which streamlines everything so the guitars don’t seem as heavy, the songs not as epic, and the whole enterprise not as ridiculous. That’s not the same thing as stripping the group to the basics, however; it’s more like wrapping up the music in nice, shiny paper and putting a ribbon on it. That’s not really good for a group like Rammstein, but it doesn’t dilute their impact, either, because they are what they are and no amount of polish will make them mainstream (nor will it make it possible to take them seriously). So, that does mean that Mutter isn’t as good as Sehnsucht, but it isn’t a stumble either — and if you liked the first, you’ll like this (not the same thing as being amused by the first — in that case, this will try your patience). That still doesn’t answer the question whether anybody outside of diehards needs more than one Rammstein album, but that’s just a question of personal taste. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.