Review Summary: rave on
Jasmin Wagner, also known as Blümchen, was one of Germany’s best selling and biggest music stars of the nineties. Which strikes me as a bit strange considering the music contained within this record, which I would categorize as Eurodance taken to an extreme, or “Happy Hardcore”. And if your current journey is to find the best “Happy Hardcore” album in existence, you’ve gone the complete distance.
A recurring gimmick of this album, and the entire genre mentioned, is plopping ethereal pop melodies over abrasive, hard, fast, pulsing beats with a distinct intensity to them. Jasmin was only fifteen or sixteen during this, which could have contributed to the whole record being fuzzy wrapped in a pillowy pre-teen sleepover atmosphere, decorated with lyrics about pink flowers and loving men. Now obviously Jasmin probably had minimal creative control over most of the production, but that reality is swiped from your mind the moment you hit play. The Blümchen persona and spirit of Herzfrequenz are entirely inseparable.
Herz an Herz is beautiful along with being the best song on the album. The shifting song structure and sparkling melody twist around heart-pulsing consistency at a peak. The intro and reprises to the track add up to an overstayed welcome though. Rosa Wolke adds to the fun with Jasmin’s bum-dee-dum vocalizing and a breakneck beat. Kleiner Satellit is more straightforward pop, and comes off undeniably fantastical with a wonderous ending of ecstasy. It’s a standout, and, unfortunately, it’s the best example of variation on the album, which is the glaring downfall of the record, variation. While most of the tracks here are extremely pleasant treats thanks to the bizarre novelty of the sweet melodies contrasting brutal beats, most of them also tend to lack portioned variation. Herzen haben Flügel with its six and a half minutes of shifting strong structure takes on a progressive edge. But from an objective standpoint, not all of the recurring “dance” segments forcibly sprinkled throughout most of the tracks lend to a good listening experience. Du und ich is intensely cute. Boomering is a worthy final burst, but also takes strongly to the “you should be dancing to this right now”, even sampling audience cheer and applause.
I adore this record. That something so contained and uniquely abrasive could also be so marvelously spectacular. Worth a listen solely for the novelty factor of it all. People who stay will in fact discover the greatest album of its… genre. Blümchen forever.