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10 people found this helpful
on 10 January 2006
I am a big fan of all past Rammstein albums, but in my opinion this one is just not as coherent as the others - you might be reaching for the 'skip forward' button before the end of some tracks. I do not think that this is the 'user-friendly' introduction to Rammstein - if anything, Herzeleid shows off their range pretty well! Nobody who does not like metal can be made to like Rammstein, but the 'melodic' songs (Stirb Nicht... and Te Quiero Puta) are just not good enough to pluck at your very heart either. They are OK, but a long way from impressing like some Tool or Theatre of Tragedy masterpieces, or even their own 'Seemann'.
I have to say that my opinion of the album improved as I listened to it several times, but I stand by what I said about the above two tracks. Listening to Ein Leid, Spring and Hilf Mir is like drowning in depressing treacle. For me, Rammstein is all about solid, driving, relentless songs with some lyrical breaks where the metal stops and the synthesiser ticks over - but you're just waiting for the guitars to kick back in! I tend not to like their 'ballad' efforts. I hope this is not a new direction for them, at least we know that these are the leftovers of Reise, Reise.
Still, just under half of the songs are 'old school' Rammstein songs which I enjoyed very much: Mann Gegen Mann, Rosenrot, Wo Bist Du, Zerstoren, Feuer Und Wasser. I'm not decided about Benzin - the musical style is fast and heavy, but the lyrics are repetitive (and I don't even speak German!) to the point of being annoying. I guess I am being above average picky because overall I was disappointed by the album.
If I was given all Rammstein albums to listen to, without previous exposure, and asked to rank them by release date, I'd put this as the earliest/weakest one. In short, I'd be careful about buying this album, you might find your finger just slipping past it every time you want to play some 'proper' Rammstein. Go listen to it in a music shop - I bought all previous Rammstein albums after listening to about 15 seconds of each track, but this one just does not grab you as easily, and even after giving half the songs a good chance to make me like them, I still don't. (I previewed this album online in full instead of buying, and heard half of Reise, Reise in a live gig)