word Reise means “journey” in German, and this is exactly
what "Reise, Reise" is; a journey into a post-industrial
world that offers both beauty, hardness, mental deprivation and human
ugliness and a chaos of musical styles and tastes.
Rammstein’s last studio album, "Mutter", came out in 2001,
it offered something new compared to its predecessors Herzelied (1995)
and Sehnsucht (1997), and, honestly, I thought that the German combo
had exploited their niche to the full, and that they couldn’t add
time around, Rammstein seem…I don’t know…less German
thematically. Jawohl, there is the song “Mein Teil” (“My
Part”) about the German cannibal Meives (the song taking the
perspective of Bernd-Jurgen Brandes, Meives’ victim) and the
explorations into sadistic relationships (“Stein um Stein” –
“Brick by Brick”), but there are also the tunes “Moskau” with
a Russian female voice contributing to the soundscape as well as the
potential hit song “Amerika”, a mocking comment to the people who
embrace the American way of life to the point where they forget their
own culture. And then there is “Amour”, a pastiche of Serge
Gainsbourg – priceless, no less!
characteristic heaviness we know from their previous albums is always
present on "Reise, Reise", even in the tune “Los”
although it fundamentally is an acoustic rhythm’n’blues song!
tracks: “Reise, Reise”, “Mein Teil”, “America”,