If you're just hearing about Tokio Hotel now, this is a good album to introduce you to their music. The band took the time and care to translate their German songs into English without the English sounding forced and without losing the intent behind the songs. Lead singer Bill Kaulitz's English here is quite good, something he apparently took great pains to accomplish given that his spoken English is frequently heavily (though pleasantly) accented.
Some of their songs *are* better in German. "Raise Your Hands", which is a special addition to some versions of this album, is not as infectious as the original "Wo sind eure Hände" from Zimmer 483
. "Scream" isn't quite a raw as "Schrei
". And the missing children's choir in "Forgotten Children" lessens the impact of that song. But most are neither better nor worse, just different. "Durch den Monsun", for example, was the band's first big hit, back when Bill's voice still hadn't yet changed. It's a very catchy song, but the English remake of it, "Monsoon", is equally as compelling.
The vocals on all tracks have obviously been rerecorded from the originals and the music has also been rearranged and remastered, resulting in a collection of songs that are (sometimes subtly, sometimes broadly) different from their originals. Regardless of whether you've listened to their other albums, this will be a satisfying addition to your music library.
Don't get hung up on the fact that the band members are the focus of millions of young girls' fantasies -- the music is good, in any language, and that's the important thing.