“Liebe ist fur alle Da” is just as surprising as the early critics said it would be. Rammstein comes back with more talented drumming and vocals than I ever expected. The guitars are still simple and straight-forward, but that doesn’t mean the music isn’t full of personality.
The music is the most mature and professional that Rammstein has played so far. Till goes out there briefly with short death growls in a couple tracks and in intervals throughout the album he showcases very melodic singing even better than in “Mutter”. The rest of the vocals are all “Herzeleid” and “Reise, Reise”-style shouting.
The production on this album is the greatest thing. The music is the clearest and cleanest that I’ve heard from an industrial band. The bass guitar is clearly audible, the snare and bass drums have that authoritative, sensual pounding again and Till’s vocals, while occasionally swallowed by the guitars, fit perfectly with the music.
It’s impossible for me to compare it with other music because… it’s Rammstein. They don’t really fit in with other bands. But within Rammstein’s own discography, if this album isn’t their best it’s a tie with the best.
The catchiest songs with the most replay value are “Ich tu Dir Weh”, [...], “Weidmanns Heil”, “Wiener Blut”, “Frueling in Paris” and “Mehr”. [...] is silly and obnoxious, but when it’s stuffed in with the rest of the album, it becomes fun, and the sense of humor shows. The way you felt about the songs “Reise, Reise” and “Ein Lied” is probably the way you’re going to feel about “Rammlied” and “Roter Sand” respectively.
“Rammlied” deserves a fair chance to be considered as a creative and brooding, updated themesong for the band. The bits of choir and Gregorian-esque delivery of the opening lyrics are very stylish and add atmosphere to the opening track.
“Frueling in Paris” has a great, heart-warming melody, and while it may not be Beethoven, coming from Rammstein it’s a special song.
“Fuehr Mich” and”Donaukinder” on the second CD are very melodic and moving (and hey, there’s even a slow solo on the latter), and “Halt” is a good song to round the second cd out with.
Every song on this album is classy, and dark, in spite of the strangely bright and vibrant choruses. Again, the production is beautiful.
I recommend spending the extra dollar (I mean seriously…) on the 2 disc version versus simply buying the regular package… The re-hashes of “Roter Sand” weren’t that interesting to me but “Fuehr Mich” and “Donaukinder” are gorgeous and indispensible songs that I loved after one play-through.
Summary: Buy the album. It sounds great, but expect changes in the band toward a more “melodic” aggressiveness… and the 2-Disc edition is definitely worth the extra buck. Oh, and play this on a nice sound system if you can, you’re robbing the music otherwise. Youtube sounds nothing like this. =P