Year 5, Day 24: Beatsteaks’ “.limbo messiah”

Year 5, Day 24: Beatsteaks – .limbo messiah

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Track List

  1. As I Please
  2. Jane Became Insane
  3. Sharp, Cool & Collected
  4. Meantime
  5. Demons Galore
  6. Cut Off The Top
  7. Bad Brain
  8. She Was Great
  9. Soljanka
  10. Hail to the Freaks
  11. E-G-O

About the Album

.limbo messiah is the fifth studio album from German punk rock/alternative rock band, Beatsteaks. The album was released on April 2nd 2007 through Warner Music Group. The album released the European Top 100 Albums chart and peaked number 58 on the German Music Charts.

Thoughts on the Album

The Beatsteaks are one of the biggest names in German rock around. Hell, they are one of the biggest rock bands in Europe. A famous German rocker by the name of Farin Urlaub once asked, “How can you just sit down quietly with the Beatsteaks?” (rough English translation). The Beatsteaks may just be one of Germany’s and Europe’s best kept secrets. The album was released in 2007 throughout Europe, but took three years to reach our shores. But as a testament to just how great this album is, it sounds like a contemporary album.

I’ll admit that jumped around when it came to Beatsteaks albums. First starting off with Smack Smash, then going into Boombox, and finally arriving at .limbo messiah. Right from the get-go, the album opener As I Please, raises your eyebrows and makes you ask yourself, 1) “What the hell did I just listen to? and B) What have I been missing? It’sa track that cranks it up to 200 on the tempo. It’s a track that sets the bar high for the rest of the album, which is a great thing for an album opener to do. A great hard rock number that transitions into the second track…

Jane Became Insane. A cross-genre stomping track that has excellent vocals from frontman Arim Teutoburg-Weiss. Insanely catchy with a Schizophrenic guitar riff and a pre-chorus that sounds like it’s from a Rancid song. The drumming is what gives this song excellent flair. You can hear The Hives and some Queens of the Stone Age influences in this song, however light influences they are. Meantime is a track that could have been a massive smash hit if in the hands of someone like Dave Grohl and a massive music television friendly music video. Definitely a summer type song that is incredibly melodic. You can hear some Britpop mixed with some reggae and then punched out with easily accessible three-chord punk that permeates throughout the track. Meantime is a track that shines through melody, not force.

She Was Great, was a surprising find on this album for me. Given all the cross-genre splicing that the songs around this one do, this track is a revelation. With a simple and incredibly sexy bass line, some incredibly infectious falsetto vocals, and a great hook, it sounds like it could have been written in a post-Paul WellerThe Jam. The timeless hooks are what keeps this song with me at all times, enough when it came from out of nowhere.

Conclusion

“Wie kann man bei den Beatsteaks ruhig sitzen bleiben?!” Farin Urlaub sings on Die Ärzte‘s Unrockbar. The rough translation into English comes out to, “How can you just sit around quietly with the Beatsteaks?” And I have to agree with him. .limbo messiah is a hiding gem amidst a crowded sex of alternative rock and punk rock. An even more aggressive follow up to Smack Smash, this album had it’s home on the music app on my iPhone and probably won’t be evicted anytime soon. It’s an incredibly multifaceted album that crosses genres, but doesn’t lose any of it’s steam, heart, or feeling.

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Year 5, Day 21: The Donots Stop the Clocks with “Coma Chameleon”

Year 5, Day 21: Donots – Coma Chameleon

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Track List

  1. There’s A Tunnel at the End of the Light
  2. Break My Stride
  3. Pick Up the Pieces
  4. Headphones
  5. New Hope for the Dead
  6. Anything
  7. To Hell With Love
  8. Stop the Clocks
  9. The Right Kind of Wrong
  10. This Is Not a Drill
  11. Killing Time
  12. Somewhere, Someday

About the Album

Coma Chameleon is the seventh studio album from German punk band, the Donots. The album was released on March 28th 2008 throughout Europe through Solitary Man Records.

Thoughts on the Album

Veterans of the German punk scene, the Donots are no strangers to producing good punk albums. But with 2008’s Coma Chameleon, it marked a departure from the high flying, blistering, loud, and in-your-face punk rock to a more melancholic alternative rock. The album is a much more darker sound than that of their previous six albums. For those that enjoyed their previous six albums, this one may sound jarring, but that’s alright. The sound is much more mature and “grown up”. At some point a band needs to experiment with different sounds and styles to find out what works.

The album isn’t as much pop-punk as it is an evolution into alternative rock. While the catchy sing-along choruses aren’t as prevalent, they are still found on the album, especially with the singles Stop the Clocks and The Right Kind of Wrong. But from the lead single, Break My Stride, you develop a floating stream of consciousness that climaxes with Stop the Clocks. Break My Stride is a fast paced rocking track that channels the band’s previous work. Stop the Clocks, however is a more of an arena rocker and traverses into ballad territory. From there you have the punk rocker, Pick Up the Pieces and the hip hop influenced Headphones. The latter of which has a strong electric bass beat.

Conclusion

Overall, Coma Chameleon is a heck of a transitional album. While it moves on from the loud and proud punk of Got the Noise and eventually improves into the anthemic The Long Way HomeComa Chameleon holds it’s own. It’s not a bad album, but it’s not great. It’s good. It has it’s flaws and turn some hardcore punk rockers off, but it does have appeal to it. It’s an album whose lyrics are nearly “universal” to the point in which everyone can understand and will relate to them. Coma Chameleon is the definition of a DIY, do-it-yourself effort. Definitely worthy of the effort.

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Year 5, Day 18: Here Comes Alex, the German “A Clockwork Orange” concept album

Year 5, Day 18: Die Toten Hosen – Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau

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Track List

  1. Hier kommt Alex
  2. 1000 gute Gründe
  3. Ein Schritt zuviel
  4. Keine Ahnung
  5. Die Farbe Grau
  6. 180 Grad
  7. Mehr Davon
  8. Zahltag
  9. 35 Jahre
  10. Musterbeispiel
  11. Testbild
  12. Bye, bye Alex

About the Album

Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau is the six album from German punk rock band, Die Toten Hosen. The album was recorded in 1988 and released the same year through Totenkopf Records (Virgin Records). The album is considered to be one of the best Die Toten Hosen albums to date. The album peaked at number seven on the German albums charts in 1988.

Thoughts on the Album

Die Toten Hosen is considered to be the godfathers of German punk. They are stalwart veterans who continue to produce records and hits in Europe into this decade and century. In 1988, they released Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau, a concept album based off of the dystopian novel, A Clockwork Orange and the Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name. Every song from the album is linked together by snippets/bits and pieces of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Though not all of the songs are related to A Clockwork Orange.

Die Toten Hosen has created something that has not released been seen (or heard) before. A combination of pathos, catchy riffs, and other raw emotions such as anger, despair, and angst. And in typical DTH fashion used a formula of catchy riffs and hooks, great melodies, huge choruses, and quiet, yet vulernable moments to make a complete and coherent effect. The album a unique and striking atmosphere around it that manages to capture the listener today, the same way it did almost 30 years ago.

The album marked a maturation for the band. The sound had matured. Their songwriting matured and improved; it was worlds more complex than the songwriting on earlier releases. While the songwriting improved and matured, the songs are still relatively simple… I mean the closing track Bye, bye Alex is musically (and structurally) the same as the opening track, Hier kommt Alex.

Again, I have to mention the song writing. The album was creatively written and the lyrics are imaginative. While some of the tracks are so-so and nothing to write home about, the album itself is something that needs to be listened to while reading the book… or if you have seen the Kubrick movie. And while an understanding of German is recommended, I still would say you don’t need to understand the language to like the album. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you’d understand the music.

Conclusion

If you like an album that tells a story, this one is for you. It is the German version of Pink Floyd‘s The Wall. It’s album that fuses classical music with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and punk. It’s Die Toten Hosen‘s magnum opus and their interpretation of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The music paints you an aural picture of Alex DeLarge’s struggle with his violent past and the “cure” that makes him sick at thought of sex and violence. The message is heard loud and clear. It is Die Toten Hosen‘s best work to date and an excellent album.

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My Top 10 Albums Listened To From 2016

This is something new I wanted to try starting this year. I wanted to do three top ten lists that outline my favorite items (songs, albums, artists) listened to from the past year.

This list, will be my favorite albums that I listened to this year. Each album listed will have a short explanation as to why it was my favorite. If the album was previously featured on here, I’ll link out to the review.

So let me get it started with…

Number 10: ¡Carajo! – Donots (2016)

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(Click here for the album review!)

It was a really good year for me when it came to my favorite bands releasing new albums. Number ten on the list is ¡Carajo! by German punk band, Donots. The album was an English language release of their tenth studio album,

From the album review:

Versatility, diversity, and rock… those are three words that you never expect to hear in the same sentence. But the Donots have created an album that is both versatile and diverse, but manages to keep a classic  punk rock sound.

I Will Deny is a giant arena rocker. If you happen to see their performance at Rock am Ring last year, they played a version of Ich mach nicht mehr mit with two other drummers … this song is meant to be played live in front of thousands of people.

No Part of It, is a track that was written about the current refugee crisis throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. Much like Die Ärzte‘s Schrei nach Liebe, it is an anti-fascist/anti-Nazi anthem… It’s got this dance-punk vibe to it only with heavy and roaring guitars and a soaring. I found myself shouting along to the message of the song.

Number Nine: We Were Here – BOY (2015)

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(Click here for the album review!)

As I’ve said in multiple album reviews on here before, I love diversity in my music. I love contrast. I love versatility. More so contrast. This is why I love BOY’s We Were Here. The album provides much needed change of pace and contrast in my playlists that I listen to. I also have a thing for female singers, and Valeska Steiner’s voice is both breathtaking and stunning. Her vocal range is every bit impressive. Compared to the band’s first album, Mutual Friends, the album is more subdued, but is every bit as good as it. The first track grips you and doesn’t let go, giving you a sense of the journey that the duo BOY have been through.

From the album review:

We Were Here is an excellent sophomore album and perfect follow up to their debut Mutual FriendsWe Were Here is an ambitious and charming album that finds it impossible and unnecessary to follow in it’s predecessor’s path.

Number Eight: This Could be a Possibility – Valencia (2005)

(Click here for the album review!)

Loud and local. That’s how I roll sometimes. Valencia was one the bands I listened to so much in high school. So much so I wore out the first CD I ever bought… a copy of Valencia‘s 2005, This Could Be a Possibility. It as my favorite song from the band: Tenth Street. The band was pop punk at it’s finest, and man did I love this album. Each song has that catchy and melodic, yet edgy pop-punk feel to it without it going into too much of mainstream pop-rock.

From the album review:

It’s every easy to dismiss Valencia as just another pop-punk, pop-rock, or emo band. But This Could Be A Possibility is a slick and well-crafted debut. The album is full of soaring choruses, crunchy guitar riffs which harmonize when needed, as well as filled with poppy hooks….

At roughly 33 minutes long, it could be the most fun you’ve ever listen to from a local band.

Number Seven: Music @ Work – The Tragically Hip (2000)

As a friend once told me, “Brian, when it comes to Canadian bands, you need two separate iPods for your Rush and your The Tragically Hip albums…” Well he wasn’t wrong. I listened the hell out of The Tragically Hip‘s Music @ Work. The eponymous track, Music at Work, is the ultimate disgruntled worker’s anthem. The lyrics of the tracks on here are odd and cryptic, yet give a view into the human condition. The album is a work of consistency and the old adage, “less is more”.

Number Six: From Caplan to Belsize – Muncie Girls (2016)

Once again, I struck gold within Spotify’s “suggested songs”. And man does From Caplan to Belsize from Muncie Girls hit a home run. The album is filled with smart lyrics and catchy indie-punk tracks. The album has excellent songwriting, excellent dynamics, and overall catchy quips within the songs. It’s a solid debut album. The album is full of variety while remaining consistent with the sound the band has made from previous smaller releases.

Number Five: Get Lost, Find Yourself – Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! (2015)

Another one of the rare finds from within the “suggestions” that Spotify offers. One listen to the third track,  The Other Line, from French pop-punk band, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!‘s Get Lost, Find Yourself, and I was instantly hooked. Tracks like Playing DeadSet it Straight, as well as The Other Line remind us just how fun pop-punk can be. It’s just one of awesome albums to rock out to.

Number Four: Boombox – Beatsteaks (2011)

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(Click here for the album review!)

Once again, another German punk band sneak their way into my most listened to albums for the year. The Beatsteaks, much like the Donots, are veterans of German punk rock. Though Beatsteaks, to me, have always been closer to alternative rock. But I digress. One of my favorite songs from their album Boombox, is Milk & Honey. It’s one of my favorite songs ever.

From the album review:

Milk & Honey. Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß’s vocals on the track are perfect […] Maybe it’s because the song […] is a slightly more gentler side of the band. It’s guitar riffs are solid, the vocals are sharp and crisp, the bass bounces nicely, and piano riffs are excellent.

While their old punk intensity may or may not be fully present on this album, the catchy choruses and riffs are bountiful. This album is a straightforward rocker, that’s no-nonsense. It’s a delightfully dirty, raw, rowdy, and gripping album.

Number Three: Ein Kleines Bisschen Horrorshau – Die Toten Hosen (1988)

Third German punk band on here… and this time it is the “godfathers” of German punk. Ein Kleines Bisschen Horrorshau by Die Toten Hosen, is one of the quintessential German punk albums. It’s also the quintessential Die Toten Hosen album. This album was creatively written and the lyrics are imaginative.

The opening and closing songs are excellent Hier kommt Alex (Here comes Alex), starts off with snippet of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. BEETHOVEN. This album is a concept album based on the film A Clockwork Orange. I mean seriously, how many bands can even pull off something like this? The ending track, Bye, Bye Alex is pretty much structurally and musically similar to the opening track, Hier kommt Alex. Overall it is a excellent album, especially if you have read and seen A Clockwork Orange.  It’s even better if you understand German.

Number two: Afraid of Heights – Billy Talent (2016)

I awaited this album for awhile. Canadian punk band Billy Talent, never disappoints. Their fifth album picks up where Dead Silence left off. Their fifth album, Afraid of Heights captures the essence of previous Billy Talent releases… from the catchy anthems of Billy Talent III, and III to the gravity and headiness of Dead Silence The centerpiece of the album besides the tracks, February Winds, Horses & Chariots, and This is Our War is the two part Afraid of Heights. Part one, the single version and the second track of the album hits home on conquering fears and taking a step into the unknown. The second part of Afraid of Heights, the reprise (and final track), is punctuated by an extremely uplifting guitar solo and closes out the album beautifully.

Number One: Morning Report – Arkells (2016)

Here we are, we’ve arrived at our final destination… number one. This was a no-brainer. I’ve worn out my CD copy of Arkells‘ 2016 release, Morning Report. It’s got so many different feelings and sounds to it, it might actually hurt the album. But it doesn’t. These different sounds and styles add layers of versatility; there is no one set, specific tone to any of the tracks. For me, some of the defining moments on the album are: Private School, Making Due, and My Heart’s Always Yours. Max Kerman, frontman for the band, has a voice that’s like a shape-shifter. Going from an almost gospel rock on Drake’s Dad to the jam that is Private School. While its a bit of a departure from previous work, I couldn’t say enough about this album… but I’ll save that for a later date.

Conclusion

There you have it my top 10 albums that I listened to from the past year. I would love to hear about your top 10 albums that you listened to in the past year. Here’s to an excellent 2017!

Year 4, Day 31: Farin Urlaub – Am Ende der Sonne

Farin Urlaub’s second solo effort mixes genres of rock and punk with precision and with great effect.

Year 4, Day 31: Farin Urlaub – Am Ende der Sonne

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Track List

  1. Mehr
    1. Noch einmal (hidden track heard by rewinding to 4:42. Hidden in the pregap of Mehr
  2. Sonne
  3. Augenblick
  4. Porzellan
  5. Unter Wasser
  6. Wie ich den Marilyn-Manson-Ähnlichkeitswettbewerb verlor
  7. Unsichtbar
  8. Apocalypse wann anders
  9. Schon wieder
  10. Immer noch
  11. Alle dasselbe
  12. Kein Zurück
  13. Dermitder
  14. Dusche

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 ÄrzteFarin 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 MehrNoch 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.

Conclusion

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 HosenAm 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.

Year 4. Day 30: Madsen – Goodbye Logik

German rockers Madsen bring a style of passion and socially minded rock and roll that transcends any language barrier.

Year 4, Day 30: Madsen – Goodbye Logik

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Track List

  1. Du schreibst Geschichte
  2. Ein Sturm
  3. Piraten
  4. Goodbye Logik
  5. Ich rette die Welt
  6. Unzerbrechlich
  7. Ich komme nicht mit
  8. Der Moment
  9. Happy End
  10. Ein Produkt
  11. Euphorie

About the Album

Goodbye Logik is the second studio album from German rock band, Madsen. The was recorded in 2006 and was released on August 11th 2006 through Universal/Vertigo Records.

Thoughts on the Album

Music is one of those things that transcends any kind of barrier, especially with language. That said, it’s one of the reasons why I love bands like Sportfreunde StillerDie Toten HosenDie Ärzte, and today’s band… Madsen. I may not be able to speak German or understand the literal translations, but it’s the music that transcends languages and borders. Today’s album is the second studio album from German rock band MadsenGoodbye Logik.

The album opens with the bombastic Du schreibst Geschichte. I couldn’t think of a better way to open this album up with. The vocals are sharp and crisp, the guitar work drives the song, and at no point does the track sag or get bogged down. Du schreibst Geschichte, which translates into “You Write History”, is followed up by Ein StrumEin Strum opens with some clean guitar riffs before the drums kick in and the vocals follow in soon after that. It’s a good alternative rock track. Ein Strum translates to “A storm”. One of the best tracks on the album is the tender and heartfelt, Der Moment. It’s a heartfelt and at the same time, heartbreaking track.

Conclusion

Short and sweet today. When Goodbye Logik was released it helped to propel the band into the German rock scene. It popularized the band’s style of positive, passionate, and social-minded rock and roll. The album has an incredible youthful energy about it, considering it’s ten years old. It’s simple rock and roll with infectious hooks and riffs. The tracks have never failed to lift up my mood. The lyrics found on Goodbye Logik are unpologetically sweet, irresistibly witty, and charming.

Year 4, Day 21: Donots – ¡Carajo!/¡Karacho!

Veteran German punk rockers, DONOTS, inject life into their classic punk sound with anthemic punk tracks

Year 4, Day 21: Donots – ¡Carajo!/¡Karacho!

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Track List

  • English version (¡Carajo!)
  1. I Will Deny
  2. No Part of It
  3. All the Weight of the World
  4. Problem What Problem
  5. You an Never Be Alright
  6. Damage
  7. Faster
  8. Head Up High
  9. I’m on My Back
  10. Stray Dog
  11. The End of the World Was Yesterday
  12. Better Than That
  13. No Matter What
  14. Camden Station, 1 AM
  • German version (¡Karacho!)
  1. Ich mach nicht mehr mit
  2. Dann ohne mich
  3. Junger Mann zum Mitleiden gesucht
  4. Problem kein Problem
  5. Du darfst niemals glücklich sein
  6. Kaputt
  7. Wetter
  8. Kopf bleibt oben
  9. Hier also weg
  10. Straßenköter
  11. Das Ende der Welt ist längst vorbei
  12. Besser als das
  13. Immer noch
  14. Hansaring, 2:10 Uhr

About the Album

¡Carajo! is the tenth studio album from veteran German punk rockers, Donots. In the band’s native Germany, they released the same album only titled ¡Karacho! and sung entirely in their native language, German. The German version was February 20th 2015, while the English version was originally released on May 27th 2015 in Japan only, but was released through OK!Good Records in the United States on March 4th 2016. The original German version hit number five on the German charts.

Thoughts on the Album

The Donots, a punk rock outfit from Ibbenbüren, Germany, are one of the best known punk bands in their native country and probably throughout Europe. Their style of punk and music is in the same vein as fellow veteran German punk rockers, Die Toten Hosen and Die Ärzte. The style of punk is melodic, loud, and sharp. In February of 2015, the Donots released ¡Karacho! their tenth studio album. It was also the band’s first studio album sung in their native language.

Flash forward to today (March 4th 2016), and the veteran punk rockers have released an English language version of their tenth studio album. Today’s album is the English version of ¡Karacho! titled ¡Carajo!. Does the English version pack the same punch and snarl that the German does? Let’s find out!

One of the first things that I noticed after listening to both versions, was that both versions display the band’s versatility. The album isn’t just pigeonholed into one specific genre, but rather adapts itself flowing from track to track. Tracks I Will Deny and No Part of It, while punk anthems, I could see 70,000+ people at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, PA moshing to as well as singing along to.

One of the key things for me in what makes a great album besides versatility, is diversity.I like when an album’s tracks sound diverse, but not so diverse where there is no flow or consistency from track to track. With ¡Carajo! the tracks are as diverse as the lyrics and themes found throughout the album.

Speaking of sound, Ingo Knollmann’s vocals are as sharp as ever. His rough and howling voice calls out to the listener. This is evident on the opener, I Will DenyI Will Deny is a giant arena rocker. If you happen to see their performance at Rock am Ring last year, they played a version of Ich mach nicht mehr mit with two other drummers, most notably Vom from Die Toten Hosen and Flo from Sportfreunde Stiller. This song is meant to be played live in front of thousands of people.

The following track, No Part of It (Dann ohne mich in the German version) is a track that was written about the current refugee crisis throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. Much like Die Ärzte‘s Schrei nach Liebe, it is an anti-fascist/anti-Nazi anthem. Hell, it could (and probably should) be used as an anti-Trump/anti-xenophobia anthem. It is a heavy political anthem, that calls out the right-wing extremists everywhere. It’s got this dance-punk vibe to it only with heavy and roaring guitars and a soaring. I found myself shouting along to the message of the song

If this is really all there is then, I WANT NO PART OF IT!

All the Weight of the World has a classic rock feel to it before. It’s almost as if they borrowed the riff from The Eagles‘ Hotel California before transitioning to a ska sound with Problem What Problem. It makes for not just an excellent transition but a unique sound that highlights the band’s over two-plus decades of experience touring and recording. One of the things that also makes an album great is an excellent introduction and conclusion… in other words, an excellent opener and excellent closer. The Donots make sure close out the album with the unbelievably raw and beautiful, Camden Station, 1 AM. I almost expected to hear Camden Station, 1 AM in whatever the latest coming of age movie out in theaters is. It’s an ode to youth and happiness. Just sharp, crisp and pure vocals combined with an acoustic guitar riff; even has a call back to a previous album: “we’ll take the long way home”.

Let’s miss the train out, we’ll find our own way home.

Conclusion

Versatility, diversity, and rock… those are three words that you never expect to hear in the same sentence. But the Donots have created an album that is both versatile and diverse, but manages to keep their classic punk rock sound. They injected life into their old style and an aging genre of rock music that will create fans of punk for generations to come. I’m always glad to buy a Donots  and ¡Carajo! is no different. Give it a listen, you may find you’ll like what you hear.