MOTOR, UNIVERSAL RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 29, 2004 REVIEW:
OCTOBER 4, 2004
Some say you either love or hate Rammstein.
That there is no in-between. That’s
course their aggressive sing-along
industrial heavy metal inspire hatred
and dislike from the same people that
think Wagner is too pompous and then
buy albums with The Kings of Convenience.
Quiet is the new loud, like. And of
course there is a small correlation
between some people who love Rammstein
and have an unhealthy tendency to
dismiss everything that you can’t
bang your head to.
course there is also a wide grey scale
in-between love and hate. And "Reise
Reise" makes it even easier to
slide in to that scale and realise
that you don’t have to buy everything
about these German boys, but that
their music is kinda cool.
Reise" is by far the most diverse
album Rammstein has put out. In some
ways it is a step backwards to the
but at the same time three steps forward.
Last album "Mutter" lacks
in almost every comparison. The most
die hard fans (the ones who think
you should be able to get whiplash
from good music) will not like the
latino guitar-driven "Los"
and might yawn their way through heavy
and sort-of-sensitive ballad "Ohne
for the more broadminded fans of Rammstein,
this is a Reise (trip) of pure delight,
from epic numbers like opening "Reise
Reise" to the closing slow and
brooding "Amour". The first
single "Mein Teil" with
its homo erotic and cannibalistic
lyrics isn’t all that it’s
cranked up to be. The second single,
the almost Pet Shop Boys-ish heavy
pop track "Amerika" with
its critique of USA and lines in English
(!), is much better. "Moscau"
– with female vocals in Russian
– is also an asskicking song
in grand style.
Reise" might actually be an album
that gives Rammstein some new fans
– it is that diverse –
but it might also be an album that
makes them lose some old. It's not
a question of love or hate –
feel free just to like it.