Heinz Rudolf Kunze is one of the biggest songwriters and rock musicians in Germany. Already in the 1980s, he had some remarkable hits. On 21st February 2020, “HRK” released a new album, Der Wahrheit die Ehre (“Honor the Truth”). Definitely time to have a look into his new songs.
Heinz Rudolf Kunze – About The Artist
Heinz Rudolf Erich Arthur Kunze was born on 30th November 1956 in a displacment camp in Espelkamp in very Northern Northrhine-Westfalia in Western Germany. He is one of the most active songwriters in Germany. Wikipedia states more than 1700 published literary texts and 475 published songs as at the end of 2018. The family moved multiple times in Kunze’s childhood and finally settled in Osnabrück. His first song published on a record is a 8:27 minute track, which he wrote as part of a music talent competition in 1980. Due to that song, he received his first record deal and released his first album in 1981. The list of publications is amazing – Der Wahrheit die Ehre is already his 28th album, nearly all of them are listed in the German album charts. His breakthrough was the 1985 single Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (“My whole heart is yours”), which also made it to the Top 10 in Germany. A lot of his songs is very politic and describes society situations.
HRK – Der Wahrheit die Ehre – Track by Track
Der Wahrheit die Ehre has 14 tracks. The playing time is 1:01 hours.
The album starts with a very speedy and strong song. Heinz Rudolf Kunze warns the listener that the Prediger (“Preacher”) is everywhere in Germany. Bold and simple messages with a bad background can hit you everywhere. Populism will be a key topic of this album.
2. Völlig verzweifelt vor Glück
Before there are more political and social-critic songs, this track (“Completely desperate because of good luck”) is a track which thanks for Heinz Rudolf Kunze’s life and the support he receives for his word.
3. Spießgesellen der Lüge
This five minute song is a typical HRK one. His songs are meaningful and very often deal with poltiical topics. In this song, he deals with the fact that we all close our eyes to what is really going on in the world – by that, we become “Henchmen of lies”.
4. Mit welchem Recht
This song focuses on the current refugee situation in Europe. “Which right allows us to refuse people to come to us just to survive” is one of the lines of the chorus. Very clear and direct lyrics, by that one of the core songs of the album to me.
5. Nimm mit mir vorlieb
This track (“Make do with me”) is lovely and soft love ballad. A musical vow to be faithful. When this kind of song is written by Heinz Rudolf Kunze, it still feels very special.
6. Heute ist gut
This rock track is a fast good-mood song. Good to have some relaxation after a couple of deeper songs.
7. Nackter Fischer
Literally translated, Nackter Fischer means “Naked Fisherman”. A very atmospheric, intense rock ballad. Really lovely song, which (like many HRK songs) does not need too much instrumentation and arrangement to sound great.
Pervers (“Pervert”) is a appeal to be stronger against poltiical structures and trends if they oppose our life. We have the power to change things in Heinz Rudolf Kunze’s eyes.
9. Wenn du ohne Liebe bist
Another strong ballad on this album. A song about being lonely and being “without love”.
10. Ich bin so müde
Though the rhythm and the melody of the song has a quite happy and funny component, the song itself (“I am that tired”) is about being very exhausted and tired of the current living.
11. Ein sorgloses Leben
The melody of this song reminds me quite much of one of Heinz Rudolf Kunze’s classics, Eigene Wege. However, this ironic track is about a guy who is committing a robbery in order to impress a girl with the money – but the girl is gone and does not love him any more. Kunze gives you moments to think and moments to smile – this is one of the happy moments of Der Wahrheit die Ehre.
12. Die Zeit ist reif
Die Zeit ist reif (“Time is ready”) is one of the songs, which has been released before the album. It is not only one of the best tracks on the melodic side. The song postulates that times are changing and that you should go for new values, so that you can create a world which you can still live in.
13. Der Wahrheit die Ehre
The title track of the album has an amazing duration of 6:42 minutes. Needless to say that it is the longest track of the whole album. The song is a critic how people nowadays act without reflection and just do things, which look good rather than that they really are.
14. Die Dunkelheit hat nicht das letzte Wort
The last track is a quite slow piano track. It is another very political song dealing with too easy messages and poltiic extremes. It is still a quite positive track, as the title means that the darkness will not finally beat the good soul.
HRK – Der Wahrheit die Ehre – Spotify
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HRK – Der Wahrheit die Ehre – My View
While I was finishing the last technical details of the review of the Ozzy Osbourne album, I already listened to Heinz Rudolf’s new album – and before I wrote any word of the review, the posting already had the Top Pick! banner on top. HRK proofs again that he is one of the best reputed, but still most underrated German artists. What an amazing masterpiece of Rock Music made in Germany. I feel a bit sorry for you if you cannot reconcile the deep and amazing lyrics, but also the wide range of sounds is just awesome. Heinz Rudolf Kunze’s music is simple, straight, truthful, but simply great. Wow!
Heinz Rudolf Kunze – Tourdates
Heinz Rudolf Kunze is typically covering different formats. First of all, there is a tour featuring the current album with band:
Leipzig, Haus Auensee
Cottbus, Stadthalle Cottbus
Neuruppin, Kulturhaus Stadtgarten Neuruppin
Suhl, Congress Centrum
Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36
Rostock, moya Kulturbühne
Magdeburg, AMO Kulturhaus
Dusseldorf, Capital Theater
Mainz, Frankfurter Hof
Leinefelde-Worbis, Burg Scharfenstein
Furthermore, his solo tour dates are more intimate: