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99 Luftballons

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An album by Nena

   Song List: Disc 1   1. 99 Red Balloons   2. ?   3. Hangin' on You   4. Just a Dream   5. Let Me Be Your Pirate   6. Kino   7. Das Land der Elefanten   8. … see full wiki

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German Never Sounded so Sweet!

  • Sep 16, 2000
Pros: Good Music!

Cons: German lyrics are lost on English speakers.

My husband bought this album the year it hit America mostly because he speaks fluent German and was impressed with the One song you could hear on the radio.

I quickly grew to love the velvet sounds and poetic lyrics. Of course it helped to have someone who could translate the German side, which is a severe draw back when selling to an American audience. However, this album has delighted me for years for a variety of reasons.

I easily identified with the lyrics ,both those translated for me and those in English. The humor in the title song is undeniable and wry. What American do you know who doesn't enjoy poking fun at the mindless acts of those involved in the military and politics?

The music is well done and very appealing on it's own. Light, easy to dance or listen to, and evocative.

In traditional Album fashion, the jacket gives us a look at the band. You can't help looking at their faces as you listen and wonder what their lives are like.

I never knew the German language could sound like this! What a pleasant surprise! Unfortunately, I have never heard anything else from this group. If the quality were the same, I wouldn't even care if the entire work were in their native language!

Also released about this time was an album by Falco. More popular both in style and marketing I am sure it did better in sales, but Nena captured my heart and imagination.


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October 08, 2010
Nice review. I always loved the single. Now I must sample some of the other tracks on this album online.
October 09, 2010
thanks again :o) if you drift by here again, let me know what you thought ! :o) wishing you laughter
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99 Luftballons
Label: Epic (USA)
Artist: Nena
Release Date: June 23, 1987

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