‘Der Neue Nachbar’ is the debut album from German rock artist, Herr Schmidt. Herr Schmidt has chosen to maintain an air of mystique by keeping his identity hidden, therefore, the music must speak for itself.
The album opens with ‘Zukunft’ which has a classic rock inspired feel with the guitar tones and keys sounds used. There are a few of those distinctive electric organ styles synths used throughout. They blend well with the guitars. It’s a little Deep Purple-esque in a manner of speaking. The lyrics across the album are sung in the artist’s native German, and the texture of the vocals suits the music well. ‘Nagel der Zeit’ delivers more of a ballad style track. It shows of a higher range of the vocals and some nicely composed melodies across the instruments. ‘Wir Zwei’ differs further by introducing a more upbeat track. It has a very bright tone across the vocals and guitars, it’s a little too bright for me, but fits the style of the song.
‘Mädchen Meiner Träume’ sees further use of electronic organ sounds and the introduction of orchestral strings. This adds a particularly dynamic aspect to the track. ‘Feiern Wie In 1999’, like ‘Wir Zwei’, has more of an upbeat party atmosphere. transporting listeners back to the millennium celebrations. This track has a nice blend of the brighter guitar leads along with some distorted rhythm guitars. ‘Wir Sind Bereit’ heads towards the progressive rock side. The presence of the harpsichord was unexpected but I’m rather thrilled it got included! A array of dramatic melodies across the guitars, piano and vocals give a very dynamic effect.
The album delivers a good range of styles – it gives a good all-round display of Herr Schmidt’s sound. The tracks flow well across the album and I do enjoy the lyrics being sung in German.
‘Der Neue Nachbar’ releases on the 27th November via Battl Victory Records.
- Nagel der Zeit
- Wir Zwei
- Mädchen Meiner Träume
- Feiern Wie In 1999
- Wir Sind Bereit
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