One thing that constantly happens in this modern world of wonder and spectacular music is that we hear music from a band we like, so we buy their album and we love it, we cherish it and then we simply just can’t get enough. We need more! The only thing to do with a band you like when you have their latest album is to travel backwards across their music evolution and get their earlier cd’s. This is always a gamble because the further back you go the rawer the sound and music gets. Thank god that Rammstein was perfect from the start and only got better (how they improved upon perfection is beyond me, I just know that they did). The first album I had of this band was “Sehnsucht”- which is great- and so I got “Mutter”- which is better- and so then I had little choice but to get their first album for more. I was blown away by it- what a debut!
1: Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flamen Sehen (Do You Want to See the Bed in Flames?): This is a great opening song for a marvelous cd. I put on this cd thinking the opening track could make or break the the album. It starts off with this catchy distorted guitar rythem and then just gets harder and catchier as it goes. A relief to me.
2: Der Meister (The Master): This song is actually really pretty during the chorus. Till does a great job singing here- but this isn’t the prettiest song on the album. Actually this cd contains the prettiest song they’ve ever made (I think) but it’s not this one. This on is super addictive and has smashing bass on it. Gotta love bass….
3: Weisses Fleish (White Flesh): Ooooh the song about… well it’s either raping a girl or something along the lines of forcing himself upon her. It’s so hard and has this clever warpy guitar solo that leads into a clever drum solo. Very addictive as well.
4: Asche Zu Asche (Ashes to Ashes): Looooove this song. It’s so freaking brilliant. It’s driving rhythm and clever words. My favorite part is where in the verse Till repeats himself as a whisper in the background, sounding more and more gruff and angsty. Angsty- that’s exactly the word for this song. “Ich komm wieder!”
5: Seemann (Seaman): Okay, THIS is the prettiest song on the cd. One reason I wasn’t too scared about getting this album is because I own “Lichtspielhaus” and saw the videos to this song and the next one after this. They were both really good and so I wanted the album for these to songs alone. I was just pleasantly surprised at how I much I love the whole album. This song is so sad and even more driving than track four- in a more earnest way instead of an angsty way. Till sound so pleasant here when he sings. Not a spoken word in this song- sung from start to end! Great guitar and bass duet too.
6: Du Riechst So Gut (You Smell so Good): This song is the most techno on the cd I think. Not that that’s bad at all- infact it has one of my favorite guitar duet/solo’s in it. Yes, it sounds like one guitar playing it but let me assure because I play guitar: there are TWO playing that damn thing! It drives me crazy- oh. Sorry, getting off subject. Um, this was I think their most popular single from this album, and if not the albums pics and theme is from it’s video. This song was re-released in ‘98 and has a GREAT music video for that version too.
7: Das Alte Leid (The Old Sorrow) My favorite line in this song is where Till screams out “Ich will F******!” Which is German for the F word and together means “I want to F***!”. It repeats and goes up higher and higher and higher until fades away.(Eeya! Thanks to Svesteli pointing out that in the background they sing “Nie mehr” so it does mean “I want to **** no more” or it can go with the last line “Nie mehr, Das Alte Leid” or “Never again, the old sorrow”) It’s really addictive as well- man if this album was an illegal drug we’d all be in trouble, wouldn’t we? It’s chorus is a brilliant mixture of being half sung prettily and half spoken (gruffly of course). It’s very good.
8: Heirate Mich (Marry Me): Oooooh! LOVE- THIS- SONG. When I saw the live performance of it on my affore mentioned DVD it soon became one of my ultimate favorite songs. This song is about odd grave robbery of a loved one. Marry me? I most thoroughly enjoy the filter on Till’s voice during the opening and ending.
9: Herzeleid (Heartache): This is my favorite song on this cd… I don’t know why, I mean, it’s not the best, but whenever I put this song on I just feel complete. The slowly spoken verses are drilling and the part where he screams out “Herzeleid” is beautiful to me for some odd reason. Like he really is in pain…
10: Laichzeit (Spawning Time): Ah, the song of raging hormones (I suppose -_-) The lyrics are both disturbing and amusing to this one. Any song that proclaims “He loves his dog” deserves special note for being different >.>
11. Rammstein: This is a song about an actual accident at the Ramstein (with one “m”) airbase. Lovingly commenting about how brightly the sun shines over the utter chaos. This song is actually very catchy when I stopped and really listened to it. It’s the PERFECT finish of this album.
So, there you have it. I’ll leave you all with a warning: Get this version here with them all shirtless and with the flower in the background. I unfortunately own a version that has wonderful pictures of their heads on a white background, but inside two of the songs lyrics (“Das Alte Leid” and “Herzeleid”) are written down in french. I saw this and was like “What the heck?!” I mean, I’m not french- they don’t sing in french- why are these two tracks lyrics in french?! There are lots of sites online with both the german lyrics and the english trans. if your like me and want to get the real GERMAN words. Honestly! So beware the white covered version (onless you don’t care).