It was my first Laibach album. A friend at school lent it to me but I had to visit another friend in order to be able to have a listen (CD players were still a bit of a luxury). I will never forget her face when Leben heisst Leben marched out of the speakers. Well, at least one of us became Laibach fan for life...
Musically it's the most essential of Laibach's albums, presenting the pinnacle of the style that elevated them to the position they occupy since (there are, of course, other artistic and political aspects of their activities, but let's just stick to the music here). Of course, it's not for everybody. The martial industrial, as it's been described, is highly uncompromising and sits quite comfortably on the same shelf as early Swans and let's not forget that Laibach is quoted as the strongest influence by members of Rammstein.
But the thing I love about it most, I think is that it's all so funny. The moment I recognised Life is Life and One Vision I genuinely laughed and they still amuse me today, some twenty years later.
If you've just about heard about Laibach and want to give it a try, this is a great album to start, but I would highly recommend a streaming service before purchasing.