anybody else never able to find any queen vinyls at record stores, antique shops, etc where they live?? I mean, I do live in a pretty small area, but I still find tons of Zepoelin albums, Aerosmith, etc. but never any Queen. To date, I’ve only found one Queen album (The Game btw) and the sleeve was in the worst condition possible- like half of it is coffee stained ☕ And come to think of it, I don’t ever find any Bowie albums, either
Warning: You are allowed to disagree with me. That’s totally okay and I’d love to hear why I’m wrong about certain songs.
Best: The intense, aggressive, raw vocals and the hard-hitting guitar riffs, which are probably the best and most memorable guitar sounds of all the albums. It also helps that Weisses Fleisch, Heirate Mich, and Asche zu Asche are all in my top 5 R+ songs. There’s also only one song I dislike on it (Der Meister), the rest are all classics.
Worst: The backing vocals are too emotionless and monotone for me, but this may be due to me being used to the LAB and other live versions of the songs which either have the crowd or Richard singing those parts. The studio versions of DRSG, AZA, and Heirate Mich are ruined for me because of the backing vocals. It may sound kind of petty of me to dislike these versions just based on this, but Richard’s live vocals have always been my favorite parts of those songs, so when the studio versions lack that intensity, I can’t enjoy the song.
Best: There’s not a single song I hate on it. Even the songs like Du Hast, Kuss Mich, and Eifersucht (which are my least favorites, but I still like them a lot) have good aspects: Du Hast is undeniably catchy and fun, easy to sing along to, great live, and has a hard hitting intro. Kuss Mich is bit dumb and the cartoony sound effect makes it impossible to take seriously, but I’ll admit that I listen to it quite a bit and if it comes up on shuffle, I rarely skip it. Eifersucht took me a while to like because the chorus is just so repetitive, but I love the lyrics and the melody of the verses. All the rest of the songs on the album are perfection, which makes it my favorite album of theirs.
Worst: While I like Kuss Mich and Eifersucht, they weren’t the best choices to end the album with. Such a great album deserves a better ending than this. A better closing song would be either Klavier or Alter Mann.
Best: The first half is just singles, which means a lot of consecutive songs that are all really good. After the only three “meh” songs, the album also manages to save its ending with Nebel, which is a beautiful song that perfectly closes out the album.
Worst: Like mentioned in the part above, the album takes a dip in quality with Zwitter, Rein Raus, and Adios. These songs just don’t fit with the rest and are much less deep. Zwitter is way too repetitive, Rein Raus is okay but could have been much better and is overly sexual, unlike the rest of the album, and Adios’ chorus is so bad I was actually stunned the first time I heard it because it sounds so incredibly un-Rammstein-y. It sounds like a bad song I’d hear on the 90s radio and is super conventional and dull. The only reason Adios is still on my iPod is for the amazingly catchy and fun guitar solo.
Best: This albums feels the most cohesive while still exploring lots of different ideas and sounds. It has intense riffs, great drums and keyboard, acoustic guitar, harmonica, violins, beautiful emotional vocals, and of course cannibalism. It also has a really strong start with Reise, Reise and Mein Teil and strong ending with Stein Um Stein, Ohne Dich, and Amour.
Worst: I find a handful of its songs to be good but not great. I don’t hate any songs on it, but many songs could have been pushed a bit. For example, the studio version of Los becomes a bit boring, whereas the Volkerball and full band versions are so much better. Morgenstern has a great riff in the verses, but I don’t care for the chorus. This last example is probably the most specific to just my opinion, but I like the beta version of Ohne Dich better than the studio version. Like a million times better. When the first “ohne dich” lyric hits, it’s with the full force of the band and that keyboard riff is so catchy and good and the studio version doesn’t have that.
Best: It shows a different direction of the band, one that’s softer and more emotional. And since it’s made up of previously unused songs, the album takes risks.
Worst: With that said, the tone is all over the place. Songs like Spring and Rosenrot make me want to cry and songs like Stirb Nicht Vor Mir and Te Quiero Puta make me cringe and/or laugh.
Best: Till’s vocals are beautiful. I love Till’s aggressive Herzeleid vocals, but this album shows another side of his voice on Fruhling in Paris, Haifisch, and the chorus of ITDW.
Worst: This may be controversial, but it seems to have more forgettable songs and lacks strong, memorable riffs. I find myself often forgetting songs like Waidmanns Heil, Mehr, Pussy, Roter Sand, and LIFAD. Those songs just don’t stick in my brain, if that makes sense. The other albums I can easily name all the songs off each off the top of my head, but with LIFAD, I have to think on it more, which says to me that it’s not as strong of an album.
Conclusion: I’m a sucker for the early stuff, obviously.