Quite an apt title for this fourth album from Emigrate, Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe’s side project, given that the original idea was to trawl the archives for material to create a bonus record to complement a vinyl reissue of their first three albums.
Kruspe’s deep dive into his unreleased solo career back catalogue revealed enough worthy tracks for a standalone record featuring songs going way back – to 2001 in the case of Freeze My Mind. Among the nine tracks to emerge blinking into the light of day there are some intriguing ones.
There’s a baffling but great cover of Always On My Mind that recalls Laibach, Hypothetical sounds a bit like an industrialised Kashmir, and You Can’t Run Away could have been a Bond theme put through the electro-rock mill.
Other top tunes rescued from oblivion include the excellent I’m Still Alive (‘I feel it might get loud,’ Kruspe sings – he’s right), the bouncing singalong pop of Come Over, and the sinister Depeche Mode-esque Blood Stained Wedding. Krupse must have had huge fun putting this playfully diverse collection together.