Mutter (album)

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Mutter
Mutter.jpg
Studio album by Rammstein
Released 2 April 2001
Recorded Studio Miraval, France, 2000
Genre
Length 45:02
Label Motor Music
Producer Jacob Hellner, Rammstein
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 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. Overall the album has spawned six singles which is, by far, the most singles released from any Rammstein album.

Critical reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
NME 5/10[6]
Spin 6/10[7]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[8]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[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 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."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rammstein.

No. Title Length
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 "Hallelujah" 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.
  • Another Japanese edition had "Hallelujah" as a 12th track.
  • The limited edition had a second CD with just one track, "Hallelujah", and a CD-ROM area featuring the "Sonne" video.
  • 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).

Note: Some copies that have "Hallelujah" as a hidden track can not be played for unknown reasons. On 3 April 2010 Rammstein posted a video with an official translation of "Hallelujah" on their Facebook page, "in light of recent events".[13]

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)[14] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 45
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 14
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[19] 22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 86
US Billboard 200[29] 77

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[30] Gold 20,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Gold 15,193[31]
Germany (BVMI)[32] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[33] Gold 75,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[34] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 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. ^ "CG: Rammstein". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (April 6, 2001). "Mutter Review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 10, 2010, on Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Blashill, Pat (April 2, 2001). "Rammstein: Mutter". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Paine, Andre (April 26, 2001). "Rammstein : Mutter". NME. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ 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..."
  8. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/2568/reviews/982-
  9. ^ Gray, Christopher (May 11, 2001). "Rammstein Mutter (Republic/Universal) – Music Review". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ 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."
  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. ^ {{cite web|url=https://noizr.com/news/interviews/peter-taegtgren-on-pain-lindemann-hypocrisy-and-work-at-studio/:1555/%7Ctitle=Peter Tägtgren on Pain, Lindemann, Hypocrisy, and work at studio – Interview with Noizr Zine. Retrieved Mayt 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Halleluja / translation". Facebook. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Rammstein – Mutter" (in German). Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rammstein – Mutter" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rammstein – Mutter" (in French). Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Rammstein – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Rammstein.
  19. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rammstein – Mutter" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Rammstein: Mutter" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  22. ^ "Lescharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rammstein – Mutter". Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "Rammstein | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  29. ^ "Rammstein – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Rammstein.
  30. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Rammstein – Mutter" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Rammstein in the field Interpret. Enter Mutter in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  31. ^ a b "Rammstein" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rammstein; 'Mutter')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  33. ^ "Certificaciones – Rammstein" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  34. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rammstein; 'Mutter')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Rammstein – Mutter". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mutter in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search