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Rammstein - Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da

The Germans get good. Again.

Released 28 Dec 2009 // By Phill May // Rating: 4/5
Rammstein - Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da

Following the damp squib that was 'Rosenrot', and talk of internal problems all over the music press, Rammstein were going to have to pull something special out if the bag, especially if it ran the chance of being their swansong. On the strength of this sixth release, we dearly hope this isn't the end. 'Liebe Ist Für Alle Da' is a return to form that puts it on a par with 'Mutter'; strong songs delivered with the urgency and frustration you could only expect from internal conflicts. But more predictably, this is an album of controversy.

This is an album of the darker places in life; songs of lust, obsession and perversion. Not that Rammstein have ever been anything else, but here they go further across the line and further afield for musical and lyrical influence: hence why they splice lines from Edith Piaf's 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien' into 'Freüling In Paris' – a tale possibly about a carnal encounter in France, and a truly unsettling tale of a man driven to rape in the title track. But if you're talking controversy on LIFAD, look no further than 'Wiener Blut' (Viennese Blood), THAT song about Joseph Fritzl. "Are you ready?" Lindemann asks in a sinister voice. "Welcome to the darkness". Indeed, with talk of lovenests, paradise, young skin and a skin-crawling sample of a child’s laughter, this is an uncomfortable listen and not for the easily offended.

It’s not all darkness, though. Being Rammstein, everything is presented with tongue firmly (forcibly?) In cheek, the highlight being single 'Pussy', a fun swipe at sex tourists, and while we in the press all contemplate the band's demise, we should do some translating and listen to defiant opener 'Rammleid', where they sound themselves out as a band for the lonely, and 'Halfisch' (shark), the sound of a band fighting the odds to stick together.

It’s no real departure, but the music is harder and harsher, taking things further than before just like the lyrics. And from the sweet or comical keyboards used across 'LIFAD', their cynical, ironic sense of humour is bleeding further into the music, too. It’s been a rough few years for Germany’s best band, but if they do decide to go their separate ways, they've left the music world with a commendable legacy and a sterling final effort.