Year 4, Day 31: Farin Urlaub – Am Ende der Sonne
- Noch einmal (hidden track heard by rewinding to 4:42. Hidden in the pregap of Mehr
- Unter Wasser
- Wie ich den Marilyn-Manson-Ähnlichkeitswettbewerb verlor
- Apocalypse wann anders
- Schon wieder
- Immer noch
- Alle dasselbe
- Kein Zurück
About the Album
Am Ende der Sonne (lit. At Sun’s End) is the second (solo) studio album from German rocker, Farin Urlaub. The album was released on March 29th 2005 through Völker hört die Tonträger Records.
Thoughts on the album
Ah… another German language album, to which you must be saying “Damn it Brian! Pick albums that are in English!” To which I’ll say, welp. I like good music regardless of the language that it’s sung in. Anyway, today’s album Am Ende der Sonne is from the guitarist and frontman for Die Ärzte, Farin Urlaub.
First off, Farin Urlaub is an amazing and awesome musician who can blend different styles of music together with ease. Am Ende der Sonne is an eclectic mix of punk, ska, and rock. The album’s first track is technically, Mehr, but there is a hidden track titled Noch einmal which plays during the pregap of Mehr. Noch einmal is one of my favorite tracks from this album. It has a funk rock groove to it but fused with punk rock guitar riffs. There is even a mini-handclap bridge/breakdown about halfway through the track. It also has a ska punk/ska rock feel to it with the horns and bouncing bass groove.
Another one of my favorites is Sonne, the second track and lead single. It follows Mehr with a bouncing bass riff with some power chords. This builds up into a huge soaring chorus. Urlaubs vocals are sharp, his guitar chords and riffs drive the song. There is a breakdown section that is soft, but crescendos louder into a wicked guitar solo, which is the real hidden gem of the album.
One of the more humorous tracks is titled, Wie ich den Marilyn-Manson-Ähnlichkeitswettbewerb verlor or when translated, How I Lost the Marilyn Mason Lookalike Contest. (The CD text has it titled Wie ich den Farin-Urlaub-Ähnlichkeitswettbewerb gewann or How I Lost the Farin Urlaub Lookalike Contest.) Urlaub sings about how when he was in the United States (in Las Vegas specifically) and he was mistaken for Marilyn Mason. He is mistaken for someone “evil”, but he explains…
Ich habe blond gefärbtes Haar, weil’s in den 80ern Mode war
I have my hair dyed blond, ’cause that was fashionable in the 80’s
If you’ve seen Urlaub before, he’d make for an awesome Bond villain. The track is humorous. It contains a ska like guitar riff backed by driving drums and bass groove that is bouncy. The female backing vocals are an excellent touch that highlight’s Urlaub’s voice on the track.
Farin Urlaub is almost German punk rock royalty at this point. He’s been another the scene almost as long as German punk rock contemporaries Die Toten Hosen. Am Ende der Sonne is an excellent solo effort from Urlaub. The album highlights his skills as a musician as he is credited with playing guitar, bass, and drums (as well as vocals) on the album. The beautiful thing about music is, that it can and does transcend language barriers. If you like an eclectic mix of ska punk, ska rock, punk, and good old-fashioned rock and roll, this album’s for you.