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  • Garnering some national attention after their song “Heirate Mich” appeared on the soundtrack for David Lynch’s “Lost Highway”, the German outfit Rammstein has sold well in the States, despite the lyrics being exclusively in German. The intense guitar riffs of songs like “Buck Dich” and “Engel” served to be popular, and the video for “Du Hast” even got some MTV airplay. Rammstein seemed poised to break into the American market big time.And with their latest album, Mutter, they have done everything right. Containing their powerful, trademark guitar as well as more diverse music and lyrics, this is Rammstein’s best album by far. A few songs contain a string orchestra, and Till Lindeman does more singing than his previous gutteral growls. Fans of their previous albums (Herzeleid and Sehnsucht) will feel right at home with “Mein Herz Brennt”, the single “Sonne”, and “Feuer Frei!” — these licks are as exhilirating as anything they’ve done. However, the songs are not reliant on the guitars, as the orchestral arrangements and further use of electronics contribute more mood to the songs. This musical experimentation is a rousing success — another step that’s not too ambitious, but just right.Lyrically, Mutter is incredible. A great album just based on the music, when the songs’ meanings are discovered, it becomes one of the best albums of the year. Rammstein fans should do themselves a favor and get a German/English dictionary — you’ll gain new respect for these guys. The lyrics are just as diverse as the music: the creeping evil of “Mein Herz Brennt” (one of Rammstein’s best songs ever), the Apocalyptic imagery of “Sonne”, the eerie and haunting “Spieluhr” and “Nebel.” And in case you were wondering, yes, the sexually deviant content is here as well: the hilarious “Zwitter” (“Hermaphrodite” — trust me, it’s a riot) and “Rein Raus”.Rammstein’s Mutter deserves to be a huge hit. Perhaps a song in English would have been welcome to further their exposure, and an album with such fantastic music just cries out for an instrumental track or two, but despite this, Mutter is by far the most accomplished, diverse, and powerful album by Rammstein to date.

    Posted on December 24, 2009