Scream - Tokio Hotel
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  • Summary: The German quartet's debut album in English features songs from their German Language albums, "Schrei" and "Zimmer 483."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Emo kids will flock to German class when they hear the original version of 'Monsoon,' the band's biggest hit, which closes this strangely fascinating Euro-glam effort.
  2. The taut power-trio arrangements mix the whisper-to-a-scream dynamics of post-grunge with glam-rock chords and a big dollop of emo's teen psychodrama.
  3. Despite the occasional misstep, Scream shows that the bandmembers are ready and able to embrace their growing abilities.
  4. Almost too stiff to be funny, this might have been a surreal payday in the boardrooms of Berlin, but one presumes the buck stops here. [May 2008, p.142]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm a big fan of this band for 6 years now and I totally love 'scream'. Even though I prefer them in their native German it's still very good and it has some great songs. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2010
    8
    Honestly, don't consider Scream to be an album. Consider it an introduction for English-speakers to their original music. While the translations in Scream weren't that bad, Bill Kaulitz was obviously not feeling any sort of emotion while he sang. The editing is also ridiculously obvious - listen to a live performance, and you'll see how different it is. Although you may be mislead by Monsoon, Bill actually does sound like a guy when he sings. The original German songs were much better. Unfortunately, many of Tokio Hotel's better songs (Wir Sterben Niemals Aus, Unendlichkeit, In Die Nacht, ) never made it onto Scream. Scream is a collection of translations of all of Tokio Hotel's most popular songs. Guys, these songs are popular for a reason. They're the most mainstream of the bunch, and many of them were written by entirely or partially by songwriters who know what sells. I highly suggest the three aforementioned songs, especially the first two, being a taste of what the band does without mainstream writers and producers. Find the acoustic version of Wir Sterben Niemals Aus and look up a translation at the same time. They were discovered at such a young age, and they were used by the music industry as, essentially, a cash cow. I think a lot of people would be surprised to realize that they genuinely can write some really good music, and while a lot of their songs are musically simple, they're capable of so much more. They're my favorite band, but I can admit that many of these songs aren't 'amazing' or 'epic' or 'genius' as some fans may exclaim.

    While I was disgruntled upon discovering that they can write amazing music on their own and yet they still perform songs like 'Scream,' I don't think any of their songs are 'painful' or 'terrible' as some people here may claim. Sure, it sounds a bit awkward when Kaulitz sings on this album with as much emotion as an inanimate object, but it isn't horrid. In fact, I genuinely, truly love 1000 Oceans in English. I suggest that people listen to some of their original German songs before judging Tokio Hotel. So, to recap, Scream isn't amazing, but it's listenable. Bill lacks emotion, but his voice is still pretty, so it's not utterly horrendous. The perfectly formulated production makes for pop-rock anthems that manage to be extremely catchy without being obnoxious. If Scream was only Scream, I would give the album a 6. I'm giving it an 8 purely because of the original German songs, which had better lyrics, did not edit Bill's voice, and had much more passion.
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  3. Dec 4, 2010
    8
    A solid attempt at merging "Schrei" and "Zimmer 483" together in English, however the album loses points due to focusing on singles and hits instead of choosing some of the better-quality songs that aren't very much known to people who aren't fans of the band. Songs like "Wir sterben niemals aus" and "In Die Nacht" would have been better placed on this album. It fails to reach the level of power and quality that Tokio Hotel reached their peak with with "Zimmer 483", however the translations are for the most part solid, and while the songs taken off of "Zimmer 483" sound relatively the same vocally due to the tiny time gap between the two albums, the four songs taken off of "Schrei" have for the most part improved, especially in terms of vocals: the best example of this is "Monsoon". The main thing that "Scream" lacks is that two thirds of the songs came off of "Zimmer 483", therefore not exposing as many people to their earliest music, and that some of the song choices could probably have been changed to make the album a tad bit less monotonous. A good 8/10 due to the quick transition from German to English and the general power and quality of the songs.
    Top Songs:
    "Break Away"
    "Monsoon"
    "By Your Side"
    "Forgotten Children"
    "Rescue Me"
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