ALBUM HALL OF SERMON RELEASE: JUNE 7, 1999 REVIEW: JUNE 21, 1999
The, especially in Germany, very popular band Lacrimosa is back with a pompous, exaggerated and very emotional piece of work. The album took 14 months to record and a total of 187 musicians participated during the recordings. Among those, The London Symphony Orchestra. Part of the recording was performed in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. That's pretty impressive facts, and so is the result.
The album is described as a rock opera in three acts. It is very much about love and in the first act things go well. Song titles like "Alleine zu zweit" (alone at last) speak for themselves, but the relation deteriorates. So the first act ends with "The Turning Point".
The fifth song "Ich verlasse heut dein Herz" (today I lost your heart) begins the second act. The first three and a half minutes of this song are fabulous and among the best Lacrimosa has ever made. Another song worth mentioning is the last one: "Am Ende stehen wir zwei" which is a song about hope. Tilo Wolff sings about "einer zweite Chance für uns zwei" (a second chance for the two of us).
The brilliant Tilo Wolff has written, composed and produced the entire album, except for one song, which is co-produced with the female vocalist Anne Nurmi. I wonder if Tilo is able to beat this in the future?