Iz On

Iz On

by Söhne Mannheims

CD(German Import)

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Iz On, the third full-length studio effort by Xavier Naidoo's band, Söhne Mannheims, was released a few months prior to his triple-disc solo comeback album, Alles Kann Besser Werden. While there are some similarities between the two albums, in particular the extensive string arrangements and the critical lyrical tone, Iz On is unique in that it showcases the bandmembers of Söhne Mannheims, especially keyboardist Michael Herberger and rapper Metaphysics, and is more rap-oriented than Alles Kann Besser Werden. The highlight of Iz On is the title track, which fuses together sharp-edged raps, a skittering hip-hop beat, a cello loop, and blasts of electric guitar on the anthemic chorus, plus a turntablist outro. Another highlight is "Ich Wollt nur Deine Stimme Hörn," an emotional soul song that again makes extensive use of looped string arrangements over hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, "Kraft Unsres Amtes" is an out-and-out German rap song that stands out. Though it's often daring in style and rap-oriented, Iz On is comprised primarily of contemporary R&B music like past albums by Naidoo and Söhne Mannheims. Among the many bandmembers showcased on Iz On, Herberger is particularly worthy of mention, credited with co-producing and writing the album in conjunction with Naidoo. Metaphysics also plays a big role, rapping on multiple songs, most notably "Life," one of several songs that switch between German and English language. Released a half-decade after the previous studio album by Söhne Mannheims, Noiz (2004), Iz On finds Naidoo in a different place lyrically and stylistically, something that would be all the more evident a few months later with the release of Alles Kann Besser Werden. It's a shame that triple album in all of its epic brilliance overshadowed Iz On. There's a lot of impressive music here, and a few fantastic songs, the title track especially.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 4049266144574
catalogNumber: 1121519
Rank: 253947

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Söhne Mannheims   Primary Artist
Xavier Naidoo   Gesang,Group Member
Ralf Gustke   Percussion,Schlagzeug,Group Member
Rhani Krija   Percussion
Michael Herberger   Keyboards,Group Member
Kosho   Bass,Group Member
Robbee Mariano   Bass,Group Member
Metaphysics   Rap,Group Member
Florian Sitzmann   Cello,Keyboards,Group Member
Markus Tillier   Cello
Andreas Bayless   Group Member
Marlon B.   Rap,Group Member
Henning Wehland   Gesang,Group Member
Tino Oac   Gesang,Group Member
Michael Klimas   Gesang,Group Member
Bernd Herrmann   Percussion,Schlagzeug,Group Member

Technical Credits

Scott Walker   Composer,Text
Xavier Naidoo   Composer,Text
Michael Koschorreck   Composer
Michael Herberger   Composer
Stefan Klieme   Orchestration
Metaphysics   Composer,Text
Henning Wehland   Composer,Text
Tino Oac   Composer,Text
Michael Klimas   Composer,Text
Marlon B. James   Composer,Text

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