Mutter (album)

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Mutter
Mutter.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 April 2001
RecordedMay and June 2000
StudioMiraval (Correns, France)
Genre
Length45:02
Label
Producer
Rammstein chronology
Live aus Berlin
(1999)
Mutter
(2001)
Reise, Reise
(2004)
Singles from Mutter
  1. "Sonne"
    Released: 12 February 2001
  2. "Links 2-3-4"
    Released: 14 May 2001
  3. "Ich will"
    Released: 10 September 2001
  4. "Mutter"
    Released: 25 March 2002
  5. "Feuer frei!"
    Released: 14 October 2002
  6. "Mein Herz brennt"
    Released: 7 December 2012

Mutter (German for "mother") is the third album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 2 April 2001 through Motor Music. The album's cover image is a photograph of a dead fetus, which was taken by Daniel & Geo Fuchs. The album has yielded six singles which, to date, are the most released from any Rammstein album.

Writing and recording[edit]

From September to December 1999, the band rented the house Weimar in Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea for pre-production. The sound recordings took place in May and June 2000 at Studio Miraval in southern France. Already over Christmas 2000, Rammstein released the song Links 2 3 4 on their website for download. In January 2001 the video was released, in February the single Sonne.

Critical reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender3/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound8/10[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
NME5/10[7]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin6/10[10]

In 2005, Mutter was ranked number 324 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[11]

In a 2016 article published by uDiscover, Oran O'Beirne described the album as "one of the most important contemporary releases within heavy metal’s many subgenres."[12]

In the interview with Noizr Zine, the well-known Swedish producer and musician Peter Tägtgren advised "Mutter" as a reference work for beginner producers:

"I think, if you are not into death metal or something like that, but if you are into metal, I would say maybe Rammstein’s "Mutter" is very good, because it has a lot of different elements, it has orchestra parts, heavy guitars, good drum sound — that could be a good reference."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Rammstein.

No.TitleLength
1."Mein Herz brennt" ("My Heart Burns")4:39
2."Links 2-3-4" ("Left 2-3-4")3:36
3."Sonne" ("Sun")4:32
4."Ich will" ("I Want")3:37
5."Feuer frei!" ("Fire at Will!")3:11
6."Mutter" ("Mother")4:32
7."Spieluhr" ("Music Box")4:46
8."Zwitter" ("Hermaphrodite")4:17
9."Rein raus" ("In Out")3:09
10."Adios" ("Goodbye")3:49
11."Nebel" ("Fog")4:54
Total length:45:02

There are various editions of Mutter, each with different features:

  • The Limited Tour Edition had the same cover, but red with the Rammstein logo embossed on the front. It also had a second CD with the following live tracks:
  1. "Ich will" – 3:57
  2. "Links 2-3-4" – 4:54
  3. "Sonne" – 4:42
  4. "Spieluhr" – 5:27
  • The Japanese edition had "Halleluja" as a hidden track, found after "Nebel" (there is a two-minute intermission of silence). The track was later included in Resident Evil soundtrack, but does not appear in the film.
  • The limited edition had a second CD with just one track, "Halleluja", and a CD-ROM area featuring the "Sonne" video. There is a spelling error on the back album track listing: it is listed as "Hallelujah" but the bonus CD itself has the song listed as "Halleluja", which is the correct spelling.
  • A 12" vinyl version and a MC version were released, with the same track list (Side A = 1–6; B = 7–11)
  • The Limited Tour Edition was also released as a double cassette set, with the second cassette containing the live tracks (Side A = 1–2; B = 3–4).
  • The Turkish cassette release of the album fades all songs out at 3:44.

Note: Some copies that have "Halleluja" as a hidden track can not be played for unknown reasons. On 3 April 2010 Rammstein posted a video with an official translation of "Halleluja" on their Facebook page, "in light of recent events".[14]

Personnel[edit]

Rammstein[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ulf Kruckenberg – engineer
  • Dirk Rudolph – sleeve design
  • Daniel & Geo Fuchs – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 45
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 14
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 22
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[25] 33
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 12
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[28] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 86
US Billboard 200[32] 77

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Gold 20,000*
Belgium (BEA)[34] Gold 25,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[35] Gold 15,193[35]
Germany (BVMI)[36] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[37] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[38] Gold 40,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[39] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[41] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (April 3, 2001). "Mutter – Rammstein". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Alternative Press (6/01, p.81) - 4 out of 5 - "...Chock-full of red-faced thrills....one of the few metal albums just as suited for knocking boots in the bedroom as it is for knocking heads in the pit."
  3. ^ Gray, Christopher (May 11, 2001). "Rammstein Mutter (Republic/Universal) – Music Review". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/2568/reviews/982-
  6. ^ Sinclair, Tom (April 6, 2001). "Mutter Review". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Paine, Andre (April 26, 2001). "Rammstein : Mutter". NME. Retrieved August 29, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "CG: Rammstein". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Blashill, Pat (April 2, 2001). "Rammstein: Mutter". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Spin (5/01, pp.144-5) - 6 out of 10 - "...'SPROCKETS'-meets-James Hettfield on fire....bizarre proof that one hit weirdness out-bizarred underground high-concept time and time again..."
  11. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 80. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  12. ^ O'Beirne, Oran. "reDiscover Rammstein's 'Mutter'". uDiscover Music. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Peter Tägtgren on Pain, Lindemann, Hypocrisy, and work at studio – Interview with Noizr Zine". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Halleluja / translation". Facebook. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
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  20. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rammstein – Mutter" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Rammstein: Mutter" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
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  24. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  25. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2001. 16. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
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  28. ^ "Hits of the World – Spain". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 28, 2001. p. 61. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
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  34. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2002". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
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  36. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rammstein; 'Mutter')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  37. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Rammstein in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Mutter in the box under TÍTULO
  38. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Rammstein – Mutter" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved August 28, 2019. Enter Mutter in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  39. ^ "Polish album certifications – Rammstein – Mutter" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  40. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 961. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  41. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2004" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  42. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rammstein; 'Mutter')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  43. ^ "British album certifications – Rammstein – Mutter". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Mutter in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.