I heard Sehnsucht first, and thought it their definitive album. Well, no. Not that I don't like Sehnsucht. Amazing for an intro to this great German band.
But this one is better. Less variety, perhaps. But Du hast wears thin, even the clever pun on "Du hasst". This one is consistently good. Hard hitting rock with rhythms, power chords, wailing guitars and bass. The occasional orchestral piece, the occasional female chorus. Mostly just rock. If you know any German at all, the diction is superb, and the words meant to be understood. I won't summarize all the songs, just my highlights.
Reise Reise starts it off with a rough meditation on death and blood, as the waves cry quietly, and spears make the blood flow on the shore.
Mein Teil lends explicit meaning to "You are what you eat".
Moskau is a love song to the city, an old, flabby woman who is still irresistible naked with her breasts rebuilt.
Stein um Stein walls in his lover and stifles her screams.
Amour is a raving beast.
For any fan of hard rock, of metal, or of industrial music will get off on this one. A very good CD from an amazing band.