Rammstein
"Liebe Ist Für Alle Da"

(Vagrant Records/Universal Music Germany 2009)Rammstein - Liebe Ist Für Alle Da

If you're not German and Rammstein aren't on your radar, you obviously weren't paying attention in the late 1990s when "Du hast" was making the rounds on TV and radio. The band has been plenty busy since then even if they've only popped up in English-speaking press from time to time. Their sixth studio album, "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da," is more of the heavy metal with a mainstream appeal that you'd expect from the band.

Turn your stereo way up because the hammering, pounding riffs that saturate the album, like on "B********" and "Ich Tu Dir Weh," should be heard no other way. The band do go soft though -- so soft that it's like a completely different band with the finger-picking acoustic guitar led ballad "Frühling in Paris" that opens into a powerful chorus that wouldn't sound amiss on a Coldplay or U2 track. But perhaps the whole album is worth listening to just to get to track eight, "Pussy." "You've got a Pussy/I have a Dick ah/So what's the problem let's do it quick," singer Till Lindemann proclaims sternly on the track that seems far better suited for Turbonegro with its overly ridiculous tongue-in-cheek lyrics like "Steck Bratwurst in dein Sauerkraut." (And if you don't speak German, that means exactly what you think it does.)

While there's nothing earth shattering on "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da," that's not a complaint. Rammstein are consistent with well executed instrumentation that's heavy and aggressive enough to intrigue the metal fans but with anthem choruses and a few softer power tunes in the mix to genuinely entertain everyone else. Rammstein are so rigidly serious it is easy to see the humor that's there - but only if you want to see it.

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