A slightly curious Rammstein release – appearing little more than a year after ‘Reise Reise’, it comprises of six tracks that didn’t make it onto their 2004 album, plus five new songs. As a complete album, it thus comes over as being rather ‘bitty’, perhaps their least consistent release to date. There are few moments where we hear a ‘classic’ Rammstein sound, most notably of the pyromaniacal lead single ‘Benzin’ (‘Mann Gegen Mann’ and ‘Zerstoren’ are the other dead-cert rockers), but a great proportion of the album is given over to more atypical variants of the band’s signature sound.
The most obvious standout track is the track ‘Te Quiero Puta!’ (I Love You, Whore), featuring heavy use of trumpet and vocals in Spanish (no, barring the title, I have no idea what they mean), yet the song is oddly catchy in it’s own way. The English/German ‘pop ballad’ ‘Stirb Nicht Vor Mir’ (Don’t Die Before I Do) and the percussion-free closing track ‘Ein Lied’ will annoy many but I personally found they ranked amongst the albums highlights. I did find the remainder of the albums tracks somewhat so-so, however. The likes of ‘Feuer Und Wasser’ and ‘Hilf Mir’ come over as fairly common-or-garden tanzmetal bluster, whilst the other songs, whilst not exactly ‘bad’, really didn’t equal what had came before. This album will therefore remain an oddity in Rammstein’s discography, but there’s just enough material of interest here for me to recommend purchase regardless.