If ‘Herzeleid’ was where Rammstein developed their ‘sound’ then Sehnsuch was where they exploited it to it’s fullest potential. Whilst it’s not dissimilar to it’s predecessor, the general feeling is that each song is that much stronger and more musically advance, with each band member playing more competently than before. The ‘sexual’ nature of Rammstein’s music is also more obvious – songs such as ‘Bestrafte Mich’ (‘Punish Me’) and ‘Bück Dich’ (‘Bend Over’) mean exactly what you think they mean, whilst ‘Spiel Mit Mir’ and ‘Küss mich (Fellfrosch)’ refer to incest and oral sex respectively.
The real hit to emerge from this album was ‘Du Hast’ – by Rammstein standards it’s a relatively simple song (though even this number has a cleverly-disguised dual meaning), but the catchy refrain and razor-sharp execution ensured it would become an industrial metal standard. Despite the success of this song, however, the favourite amongst many fans (including myself) was ‘Engel’ – the heavenly chorus (sung by female singer Bobolina) and angelic subject manner thrown into sharp contrast by the song’s fierce tanzmetal base. It’s the crowning moment one of the most consistently strong industrial/metal albums I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire.