There was a substantial gap between ‘Mutter’ and ‘Reise Reise’, approximately three and a half years. It didn’t come as a surprise, therefore, to find a number of changes to Rammstein’s sound in the process. The lead single ‘Mein Teil’ was ironically the most ‘typical’ of the songs on offer, a thinly-veiled reference to the Armin Meiwes ‘cannibal’ affair. This and the slightly weaker ‘Keine Lust’ are probably as close as this album get to ‘classic’ Rammstein – the remainder offer a number of interesting variations on the traditional tanzmetal template.
‘Amerika’, featuring the bands first English vocals outside of cover versions, is a tell-it-like-it-is statement on modern coca-culture, whilst ‘Moskau’ is an ingenious combination of Rammstein and Russian girlie pop (you have to hear it to believe it). ‘Los’ is a bluesy, acoustic track, which really shouldn’t work, but it does. Also noteworthy are ‘Dalai Lama’ (a modernised take on an old Goethe poem) and ‘Morgenstern’, two of the more musically advanced ‘Stein tracks (though they aren’t as anthemic as some). This plus the slightly turgid ‘Stein Um Stein’ and the overly mellow lead out track ‘Amour’ (which would have worked better if it didn’t take so long to get going) mean this album doesn’t quite rank alongside ‘Sehnsucht’ and ‘Mutter’ in the EOL-Rankings, but the reality was that the band still had to move on, and did so.