Rammstein - Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Coming off of the generally lackluster effort that was Rosenrot, it seemed a fair bet that Rammstein would have trouble tapping into the vein of their comparatively righteous earlier material. Many felt, including myself, that perhaps the juices of the creative well had dried up. Perhaps there just wasn't anything left to be said. It was with that sense of lowered expectation that I dove into Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, and eventually, on the other end, realized I had been worried for no reason whatsoever.
If the anthemic, raging chorus of "RAMM...STEIN!" from intro "Rammleid" didn't immediately pull me back to reality, the insanely catchy "Ich Tu Dir Weh" certainly did. The uptempo drive of "Waidmanns Heil" is a big dose of the fundamental essense of Rammstein. "Haifisch" has the honor of being both one of the more enjoyable songs on the album, and being made into one of the band's finest music videos. The same can be said for the dance club feel and immature lyrics of the extremely popular "Pussy". The album's title track shows Rammstein with an energy they'd been missing since the days of Herzeleid, and, like every great R+ album, "Fruhling In Paris" provides a bit of (mostly) quiet, reflective balladry that few metal bands will ever do as consistently well. The same goes for the sweeping orchestral epicness of closer "Roter Sand".
Although there are a couple of so-so tracks, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da is a true return to form for Rammstein, and more than anything is impressive considering how long the band has been going through their motions. To continue to find inspiration for impacting, high-energy material after so many years together is a feat unto itself. Now, a few years afterwards, the question on everyone's mind is: what's next?
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