Rammstein in the new album told the whole truth about Germany
“The art of a professional musician is to give smart answers to stupid questions. And we specialize in giving stupid answers to clever questions, ”said Paul Landers, the guitarist of this German band, once said. It looks like coquetry. In reality, if you analyze her work, the composition team in the baggage, which makes the listener think about many important topics, provokes reflection. After a pause of 10 years (the previous album “Liebe ist fur alle da da” was released in 2009), the band released the album “Rammstein”. Usually, the artists give the name of the team to their debut works, but the “frames”, as Russian fans call them, are not among those who follow the beaten track. For many years they have surprised their listeners with songs, clips, and eccentric shows. “MK” tried to figure out what kind of “nonsense” singing musicians in the new opus.
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There are 11 songs in the disc, 3 of which were videotaped. Fans can hear in them other Rammstein, not similar to the previous ones. They actualized their music, while managing not to lose their style and flavor. Perhaps, the album will disappoint those who expected to hear the usual heavy sounding, but, undoubtedly, will please fans, for whom the content of the lyrics and the conceptual nature of industrial-metal music videos are more important.
The crown of the entire album, as well as the first track, was the song “Deutschland”, the video for which scored several million views on the Internet and made a lot of noise. After his release, even those who had never been interested in her work paid attention to the group. It resembles a story with a scandal that happened back in 1998, when the video for the song “Stripped” appeared. It showed footage from the documentary “Olympia” directed by Leni Riefenstahl, who was recognized as one of the most prominent examples of the propaganda of national socialism in Germany at that time. After the team members were accused of sympathizing with the ideas of national socialism.
Returning to the song “Deutschland”, in her Rammstien show their real attitude to the history of Germany, to its past, future and present, their experiences and internal contradictions. On the one hand, they love their homeland, on the other – they are disgusted with it and even hate it. A vivid illustration – lines from the composition: “Germany! My heart is burning, I want to love you and condemn you. ” The main idea of the composition is that the history is cyclical, only the scenery, the weapons and the uniform of the soldiers change, but the task of the modern person is to prevent the repetition of the terrible past, which will be embarrassing for descendants. There is another opus on the disc with socio-political overtones – “Sex”, in which modern German society is already criticized.
The material turned out diverse. The song “Radio” tells of the love for music of people from East Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall, when they were limited by numerous bans and were subjected to pressure from the authorities. The sound of this track returns the listener back to the “good old” Rammstein, and the most tough, although elegantly decorated with choral singing, was the composition “Zeig Dich” on the album, which criticizes the institution of the church and those who transform the idea of faith in business. The “Auslander” track is experimental, so some fans have been wary of it. This is a story about a traveler who loves spinning novels in other countries. In a bright and atmospheric clip images of European colonists and African Aborigines appear.
Most of all listeners liked the gloomy, psychologically expressive composition “Puppe”, which was based on the poem “Wenn Mutti spät zur Arbeit geht” by Till Lindemann’s group, which translates as “When Mom Leaves for Night Work”. In the song, mother is replaced by a sister prostitute, who is watched by her brother, a little boy. The overall picture is completed by the philosophical song “Was Ich Liebe”, raising the problem of understatement, deep inner fear that somehow lives inside everyone, lyrical “Diamant” about unshared love, traditional sound of Rammstein “Tattoo”, dreamy “Weit Weg” and – again sharply social – “Hallomann”. Her artists put a fat point in the new album, raising the emotional degree as much as possible. Despite the controversial reviews about the disc, it can not be denied courage and depth of expression. 10 years of waiting for many fans were worth it.