Rating:
5.0
Rammstein - Rosenrot
31 October 2005


01. Benzin
02. Mann Gegen Mann
03. Rosenrot
04. Spring
05. Wo Bist Du
06. Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do) [feat. Sharleen Spiteri & Christiane "Bobo" Herbold]
07. Zerstören
08. Hilf Mir
09. Te Quiero Puta! [Feat. Carmen Zapata]
10. Feuer Und Wasser
11. Ein Lied


Rammstein's decline into drab musical obscurity mimics that of Marylin Manson. Both bands relied heavily on gimmicks to get recognition, both had a very unoriginal sound that they attempted to market as their own, both managed to release one or two truly phenomenal records regardless of their unoriginality and finally, both ended up making albums made almost entirely out of generic, mid-tempo alt-metal riffs.

This is not to say that "Rosenrot" is entirely unlistenable. On the contrary, it is quite pleasant and would be good elevator music. While listening to it during writing this review, I found it more than easy to zone out and forget entirely that it was there in the background. This would not be a bad trait for a chillout or muzak band but Rammstein is still somehow recognized as one of the most relevant metal bands in Europe, a label that neither "Rosenrot" nor "Reise Reise" justify getting. Rammstein seem to go out of their way to go in a direction that sounds epic, pompous and elegant; however, they end up sounding plastic and generic. They try to counter this overpolished aesthetic by including various silly brass sounds, squeeky guitar solos or Spanish vocals; however, instead of the experimental vibe that these elements were likely to provide, the music on "Rosenrot" sounds ridiculous.

A band should be able to live up to their legacy and Rammstein is totally unable to do this on "Rosenrot". Instead, it seems like they are trying to pretend that they are indeed still this superbly original and unique band from Germany that is ready to take on the whole world. Sadly, they really aren't relevant at all anymore (although their videos are still pretty cool and their songs are likely to appear on MTV and in the radio again). They are no longer making any statement about keeping a national identity in the world of commercial music and more importantly, they no longer make diverse albums made up of well written songs. This would be a really sad thing if only the music on this album wasn't so uninspired that I forgot about it already…


Band profile: Rammstein
Album: Rosenrot


 



Written on 22.11.2005 by
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iaberis - 11.07.2006 at 22:29  
I totally disagree with this review... form the begining till the end. I'm not refering to the rate because it's your opinion and every man can judge an album as he wants.

I disagree that this album doesn't worth any place in your collection.
Firstly you didn't say anything about this extaordinary cover, that it's one of the best I've seen.

Now about the unoriginality you mentioned, I don't think that Rammstein copies anything. Yes there are some obvious influences by many bands, but never copied anyone. It's just that this album doesn't offer anything new in the sound and it's in the same line with the other albums of them.

In my opinion it's obvious that you're not a fan of Rammstein and Industrial generally. There aren't any stupid riffs or ridiculous songs. The songs are better than you think... although some are not that good....

Ending this, I believe that you were just assigned to do this review and did it without much thinking...

In the future, if you don't like an album, DON'T listen to it!!! But don't write such things...

Friendy,
iaberis.
Damnated - 12.07.2006 at 11:49  
I disagree with this review, as much as possible. I mean even if Rammstein never was a big thing in metal, they had good albums under their belt (Sehnsucht, Mutter). The album iss bad, and it's even worse, if you place it next to the other Rammstein alnums, so in this case, I agree with the review.
GT - 12.07.2006 at 17:58  
I, like iaberis and Damnated, disagree with you on this one. I find Rosenrot to be a very good album that really shows that Rammstein evolves which is a good thing
RazorOfTheLight - 23.07.2006 at 22:16  
I used to be a Rammstein fan yay-many years ago, and well... I would have to suffice that this CD isn't their best. In fact, some songs seem completely unneeded and even cheesy (Te quiero puta). Although I do quite enjoy some songs on here so I must add that this release is better than the last. A few highlight songs to my recollection must be Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do), Spring, and Hilf Mir. Therefore, if you still like Rammstein I would recommend this CD.
ThunderAxe1989 - 24.07.2006 at 00:11  
i bought this album days ago, taking a chance.....i just listened to it....as an album, i don't really like it. I find it lacks feeling.
iaberis - 30.08.2006 at 22:25  
Yeah, as I said, I agree that it's not from their best. Did you know that this album was made by songs that were left behind by the album "Reise, Reise". They decided to make them a new album, than just some b-sides to a single...
Masai - 01.09.2006 at 12:48  
Rammstein for me has brought some fresh air to the metal. They are one of the only bands playing strong enough music that it does not matter that I'm not fluent with German. Every album they've made have been better than the last, except for "Reise, Reise", that was so darn good, that it is difficult to better. Rosenrot is almost as good, and definitively good enough to keep my hopes up for their next one.
Talvi - 17.11.2006 at 02:10  
@iaberis: If you don't like the review, write one yourself. I don't know why there can't be bad reviews...
Lokomotiv - 18.11.2006 at 21:35  
if "Reise Reise" was already a step back, this is just totally unworthy... every song is weak, and if I ever heard a track worse thanTe Quiero Puta, I don't remember it...
matthioso - 09.01.2007 at 17:05  
Written by Lokomotiv on 18.11.2006 at 21:35

if "Reise Reise" was already a step back, this is just totally unworthy... every song is weak, and if I ever heard a track worse thanTe Quiero Puta, I don't remember it...

I agree with you. The only songs I like are 'Benzin' and 'Mann Gegen Mann'. The rest just sucks. too bad
Carrion - 10.02.2007 at 14:30  
Not a too bad album, though it sounds somewhat boring next to the elder records. Rammstein is a live-band anyway, so they could make these songs sound and look good on stage..
Bitch Boy - 12.02.2007 at 05:39  
Written by iaberis on 11.07.2006 at 22:29

In the future, if you don't like an album, DON'T listen to it!!! But don't write such things...


By this, you mean that all reviews should be like "this album is great" or "XX's best album so far"?? With ratings no bellow than 8.0??
iaberis - 12.02.2007 at 11:20  
Written by Bitch Boy on 12.02.2007 at 05:39

Written by iaberis on 11.07.2006 at 22:29

In the future, if you don't like an album, DON'T listen to it!!! But don't write such things...


By this, you mean that all reviews should be like "this album is great" or "XX's best album so far"?? With ratings no bellow than 8.0??

You totally misjudged what I said... I'm not in a mood to argue right now... I'd just give the album a 7, not a 5. And did you actually read the review or how I commended it in the first place? Where did I say it's the best album??? Where did I say that it's a masterpiece???
Bitch Boy - 12.02.2007 at 19:10  
I read the review and I read your whole post, I know you didn't say it was the best or a masterpiece, but by the line I quoted first, I understood that you didn't like the review and/or the rating, and that's why I asked if you would like all the reviews to have excellent comments about albums.
Grey_Dandelion - 02.06.2007 at 11:21  
well i think its an excellent album..probably not the best!and the cover art is very nice(thats important for me because is that you see all the time and the first touch with the album)i would rate it with 3 more points than the review...or maybe 4???well 4 it is!feuer und wasser is perfect!!!i was singing that for weeks even in the streets
Passenger - 25.09.2007 at 14:47  
"The Quiero Puta" is genius, and if you fail to see that you fail at life.

Seriously, that song is hilarious. The others I've heard were pretty good too, I can't really see what you're all complaining about, even if I agree that this isn't their best album, it still seems to be a good one...
Doc Godin - 18.11.2007 at 08:16  
I agree with all of this review, such a boring album. Though I did enjoy Zerstoren, and I did enjoy "Reise Reise", other than that, you took the words out of my mouth.
ioannisk - 06.03.2008 at 11:14  
I think that Rammstein are a band that uses the motto less is more: minimalistic riffs, smart use of german language, great and recognizable vocals and majestic orchestration. This album is great and its songs are small masterpieces. The material is very original and it sticks into your head for a long time. Personal favorite: Hilf Mir
Mr. Doctor - 15.04.2008 at 14:41  
I will give it a 7,5
It's not that bad [Music for a elevator?... bullsh*t...]
yeah, it's not that original that the others ones.. and some songs are bad like Wo Bist Du, Te Quiero Puta!, Stirb Nicht Vor Mir and Ein Lied.
But the rest is very good and catchy.. and some lyrics are just perfect
I don't see any comment about the lyrics... C'mon´man, read the lyrics of Spring,Hilf Mir and Feuer und Wasser

They are poems!!!

I totally disgree with the review... it's the worst album by Rammstein.. that's true, but I don't see it as a "crappy" album.
bayern - 12.03.2009 at 17:05  
Yes, it's their worst album but it doesn't deserve 5. This guy don't like industrial metal thats why he gave a 5.
GT - 13.03.2009 at 18:30  
Written by bayern on 12.03.2009 at 17:05

Yes, it's their worst album but it doesn't deserve 5. This guy don't like industrial metal thats why he gave a 5.

are you serious? You don't think jupitreas like industrial music?

Anyway I still disagree with the review. I like the album, but yes it's absolutely not Rammstein's best work. My rate would probably be 7
Uirapuru - 09.06.2009 at 13:48  
Don't think it's that bad Feuer und Wasser is an excellent song, and Stirb Nicht Vor Mir is beautiful.
Benzin and Rosenrot are really really bad, but the rest is pretty good.

Maybe a 6,5 or 7 fits better to me after all.
DamianGrosse - 11.08.2009 at 05:37  
Pure BS dude... This is a GREAT ALBUM. First 4 tunes are excellent, pure genius. My 2nd fav after Mutter.
Solstafir! - 16.10.2009 at 14:02  
Ok, I really like the punkish sound of Mann Gegen Mann, and the ballad Stirb Nicht Vor Mir wasn't too bad to listen to either, but I really, really was getting frustated with Rammstein after this release, the track which annoyed me the most was the title track itself, which sounded like a revamped version of Stein Um Stein from their previous album...
INÆRIS - 03.11.2009 at 07:10  
Written by Lokomotiv on 18.11.2006 at 21:35

if "Reise Reise" was already a step back, this is just totally unworthy... every song is weak, and if I ever heard a track worse thanTe Quiero Puta, I don't remember it...



Have a sense of humor, man. I think Rammstein just wanted to do something silly and fun and apparently in Spanish, so that's what they did. I think it's pretty entertaining.
Grey_Dandelion - 08.11.2009 at 14:04  
All the songs are great except probably te quiero puta....one song mediocre 10 songs good to great...well 9 it is...sorry guys...

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