Die Reklamation

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Die Reklamation
Wir sind Helden Die Reklamation.jpg
Studio album by Wir Sind Helden
Released July 7, 2003
Recorded 2002 - 2003
Genre Pop, Pop-Rock
Length 47:15 (Standard Edition)
Label Labels Germany, EMI Music
Producer Patrik "El Pattino" Majer
Wir Sind Helden
Wir Sind Helden chronology
Die Reklamation
(2003)
Von Hier An Blind
(2005)
Alternative cover
Limited Tour Edition
Limited Tour Edition
Singles from Die Reklamation
  1. "Guten Tag"
    Released: February 3, 2003
  2. "Müssen Nur Wollen"
    Released: May 12, 2003
  3. "Aurélie"
    Released: September 15, 2003
  4. "Denkmal"
    Released: January 19, 2004

Die Reklamation (German for The Complaint) is the debut album of the German band Wir sind Helden, released on 7 July 2003 by Labels, a subsidiary of EMI. It sold over 800,000 copies in Germany and reached four times Platinum.[1]

The album follows lead singer Judith Holofernes' limited self-produced solo album Kamikazefliege, which had already included two tracks from this album: “Aurélie” and “Außer dir”.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Wir Sind Helden.

Standard Edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ist das so?" 3:04
2. "Rüssel an Schwanz" 4:54
3. "Guten Tag" 3:35
4. "Denkmal" 3:17
5. "Du erkennst mich nicht wieder" 4:56
6. "Die Zeit heilt alle Wunder" 4:09
7. "Monster" 3:48
8. "Heldenzeit" 4:23
9. "Aurélie" 3:33
10. "Müssen nur wollen" 3:35
11. "Außer dir" 3:41
12. "Die Nacht" 4:20
13. "Wir sind’s, Helden" (Bonus Video) -
Total length: 47:15

Limited Tour Edition Bonus DVD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Wir sind’s, Helden" (Extended) -
2. "Die Zeit heilt alle Wunder" (Short Music Video) -
3. "Guten Tag" (Music Video) -
4. "Müssen nur wollen" (Music Video) -
5. "Aurélie" (Music Video) -
6. "Denkmal" (Music Video) -

Releases and commercial success[edit]

Four singles were released off the album: “Guten Tag”, “Müssen nur wollen”, “Aurélie” and “Denkmal”. In 2004, a new version of the album with a red cover called “Die rote Reklamation” (“The Red Complaint”) was released. This limited tour edition included the official video clips of all four singles and two short movies about the band.

The album peaked at #2 on the German album chart, at #3 in Austria and at #38 in Switzerland.[2] More than 800,000 copies of the album were sold in Germany alone and was awarded triple platinum.[3] The album remains one of the most successful German albums ever (#19 based on chart position).[4] It managed to stay in the German Albums Chart for a total of 94 weeks, making it the album, that stayed the longest time on that chart in their career[5]

Charts overview[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2003/2004) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[6] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 38

Singles[edit]

Year Single #
DE AT CH
2003 Guten Tag 53 - -
“Müssen nur wollen” 57 - -
“Aurelie” 47 - -
2004 “Denkmal” 26 41 -

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic.com 4/5 stars[9]
Laut.de 5/5 stars[10]
Kulturnews.de 4/6 stars[11]

The album was a success with the critics. laut.de gave it five out of five points calling it “the perfect soundtrack for an urban summer”. They describe the lyrics as “awesome and damn clever” and Judith Holofernes as “one of the most intelligent and funniest women of our time.[12]” kulturnews.de also praised the lyrics and the originality of the album, calling Wir sind Helden worthy successors of Neue Deutsche Welle acts like Nena.[13]

Awards[edit]

Wir sind Helden were awarded three ECHO awards in 2004 related to their debut album making them the most successful act of that year.[14]

  • Best Marketing (to EMI)
  • Best national video clip (for “Müssen nur wollen”)
  • Best national newcomer (Radio award)

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