I’ve always been a big fan of music and my taste has spanned many genres over the years. Recently I got very interested in international music; each country has its own style and flair. European music is a favorite. I have ancestral ties to Germany so I wanted to find some German music I could relate to. No luck . . . I didn’t find any favorites among the folk songs and the polka tunes. They just weren’t my style. So I looked for months for a modern German band. Luckily for me, I found Silbermond!
Silbermond (English: Silver Moon) is one of the top bands in Germany for good reason. At least two of their songs (Das Beste and Irgendwas Bleibt) made the top position on the music charts. Each of Silbermond’s albums are different. I have three of their CDs – all with a very different style – and it was very difficult to choose my favorites. But finally I was about to pick which songs had the sounds I appreciated most. I’ve made my decision!
A little bit about the band: Stefanie Kloß is lead singer. Bass and guitar are headed by brothers Johannes and Thomas Stolle, and Andreas Nowak plays drums. On a few songs the men’s vocals can be heard, but usually Stefanie’s voice is the showstopper. She’s easy to sing along with whether you have a high or a low voice – and there are days I have both!
On Laut Gedacht
(1)Lebenszeichen – Sign of Life. This is a very fast, very loud, fun song using funky background instruments and lead singer Stefanie Kloß’s strong and sometimes edgy vocals. It’s a good dancer for the treadmill!
(2) Nein Danke – No, thanks. This song starts with an almost disco-sounding, 1970s flair but quickly turns into a heavy rock song that’s just “tame” enough for those who normally hate rock music.
(3) Kartenhaus – House of Cards. This is a slower, melancholy song that’s great for rainy days or when I just need a quiet, soulful song to vocalize. Stefanie’s beautiful voice really puts the listener into a calm trance-like state.
(4) Schick Love – Send Love. This is absolutely my favorite song on any of the Silbermond CDs. It’s fast but upbeat, not real “rock” but not really pop. It’s fairly easy to sing along with the lyrics sheet even though I’m still struggling with my German lessons. I love the end sequence; since the song mentions ringtones and sending messages, there is a techno “ringtone” beat that is very catchy.
On Verschwende deine Zeit
(5) An dich – To You. Another song where Stefanie’s vocals really carry the whole song. There’s an echoing tempo that almost carries dreamlike waves through the music. It’s a slower song but carries much power.
(6) Symphonie – Symphony. I’m usually not a fan of slow songs that hit high notes, but this is simply beautiful. On Verschwende deine Zeit there are three versions of the hit song Symphonie; one is the regular track, one is the back-stage version, and one is the stage version. The only difference, really, is the background music and use of background sounds.
(7) 1,2,3 – Self explanatory! Lots of clapping, fun background music, a very fast-paced song that’s great for dancing. Another one I didn’t have too much trouble singing even with my limited grasp of the language, except it’s hard to sing so fast in another language!
(8) Wissen was wird – Knowing What will Be. A real rocker! I love this song. It starts out edgy, loud, fun, and full of great tempo, but at the end of the song echoes into a great representation of Stefanie singing in a “ghost” voice. This is another terrific dance song.
On Nichts Passiert
(9) Krieger des Lichts – Warrior of Light. This is another great tune, lilting, slower than most of the songs Silbermond performs, yet very catchy and sweet-voiced. I really like this song for an easy-going, dreamy day.
(10) Keine Angst – No Fear. Fast, but not *too* fast, a song that I think is half soft rock and half pop. This is typical of their fastpaced, danceable, edgy-voiced songs and it’s my absolute favorite track on Nichts Passiert.
(11) Tanz aus der Reihe – Dance Out of the Line. Starts with a techno beat that is really fun and fast, then turns into a fast song that is constantly turning corners and keeping the listener’s attention.
(12) Weg für Immer – Away Forever. A beat, like a distant drumbeat, starts this almost-old-fashioned yet totally modern song. It turns into a slow but catchy, lilting beat and creates a soulful chorus.
One thing you need to know about Silbermond: You *do not* need to know a word of German to love and understand their style! It helps to know the words, but in my opinion, good music will always be good music no matter what. If you’re learning German or particularly interested in the language, however, this is an added bonus!