Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Tim Bendzko – Nur Noch Kurz Die Welt Retten

And who’s Mittel-Europe listening to? A master of disguise, that’s who!


Jonathan Bogart: You can hide behind that string quartet and those German lyrics all you want, but I still see you there. You can’t hide from me, Jack Johnson.

Katherine St Asaph: Oh-so-murky cello whirlpool loses its churn when German Jason Mraz comes trespassing.

Edward Okulicz: My German’s not good enough for me to tell if this is really as pretentious or portentious as I fear, but my love of the cello (das Cello, please) means I’d forgive it long after Google Translate tries to ruin it for me.

Michaela Drapes: Everything here puzzles me. The intro promises some sort of nouveau cabaret business, instead we get German John Mayer (or something). A quick run through a translator seems to indicate that this is some sort of “sorry I’m late, had to save the world and check my email” kind of number (really, I had no idea there was such a thing). I get the feeling that the idioms might be a little lost in translation. At any rate, I’m afraid this just isn’t very good; I don’t think German was made to be sung in a “sensitive” singer-songwriter kind of way. At all.

Pete Baran: It starts in an odd register, and continues by illustrating a section of German pop which, from a commercial point of view, appears to have disappeared from English speaking pop. The heartfelt male mid-tempo confessional in English would at least stretch to a guest rapper, some atmospherics or beats. The furthest this goes is a gypsy violin, which also means the furthest this will go is Austria.

Brad Shoup: My knowledge of German is limited to Tina Fey gags, but internet indications are this song’s about saving the world once the email inbox has been cleared. Chamber-pop on the Citizen Cope tip; we’re making a big show of worrying over something. Nice to hear string instruments providing the heavy lifting, but it’s giving me weird flashbacks to the first Jars of Clay record.

3 Responses to “Tim Bendzko – Nur Noch Kurz Die Welt Retten”

  1. Regrettably, I finished my blurb ein Moment zu spät:

    America’s apathetic approach to foreign language education can be unfortunate when one’s train breaks down in Nirgendwo, Deutschland, but it’s kind of a plus when listening to “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten.” If I listened closely, I could make out how douchey Tim Bendzko is being (in short: he’ll get around to you eventually, he’s just got more important stuff to do first, like SAVING THE WORLD). But my lack of instinctive fluency also means I can just vaguely appreciate that Bendzko chose to sing in his native tongue, and instead focus on how much “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten” sounds like “Desert Rose” minus the world music pretensions. [6]

  2. B-but the world music pretentions are the only good bit of “Desert Rose”!

  3. I agree! Good thing my [6] doesn’t count – my mild germanophilia made me rate this a few points higher than it likely deserves.