Rammstein - Reise, Reise

The best way to describe Rammstein's 'Reise Reise' is a sort of musical 'cut up'; a form of literature best exemplified by William Burroughs' Naked Lunch. It's premise is simple, cut up and rearrange a piece of text and though the word order might change, the original meaning is still there, and other, subconscious elements come into play taking the text into new areas. What this often means in practice is that you can start reading something like 'Naked Lunch' anywhere you like and it won’t make any difference to your 'enjoyment' of the work. ‘Reise Reise’ works in a similar way, in that you can start the album from anywhere you like and it all sort of sounds the same. You're enjoyment will not be compromised.

That's not to say that this is a bad album, far from it. If you're a fan of Rammstein's widescreen, epic sounding hard rock opera approach, this album is fifty minutes of heaven. It sounds absolutely huge, pounding riffs balanced against drums that sound fifty foot in diameter and beaten by King Kong. There's very little that stands out, though, and it does sound sort of similar even after a few listens. There are some highlights, the wonderful 'Amerika' sounds oppressive and dark with it's chorus 'We all live in America/Amerika ist Wunderbar' sounding like a sort of 'Yellow Submarine with balls'. Huge, hairy metal balls, that is. 'Reise, Reise', the title track and opener, is also epic enough to stand out from the rest, as is the excellent single, 'Mein Teil'. Sadly, the album contains no trace of the Pet Shop Boys remix that graced the single as a b-side, and would have provided another high point on a rather average record.

It's not quite as hard sounding as some of their previous work, though; there's an intensity that's missing and, on tracks like 'Los' with it's acoustic undertow, this is a pity. 'Rammstein' are capable of better than this and, whilst it will no doubt please hardcore fans of the band, there's little here to attract the newcomer. An album that’s occasionally great, but more often average.


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Overall

7

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:40:35

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