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4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
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Music knows no borders

What tragically small-minded fool wrote the iTunes album review for this? "The debate as to whether Euro-rock is a legitimate musical style is ongoing..." ??? How insular and shortsighted. Music is human, based on universal emotions and experiences. If you've got hands and vocal chords and a working brain, you can pick up a guitar and sing some words with it. There may be languages that are harder to adapt to the forms of rock music, but I think it's utterly baffling and rather disgusting that American and British culture critics and audiences should buy into the notion that English-language rock music is somehow first-class and everything else just shabby imitations.

German in particular is a language that works magnificently with songwriting structures for rock and pop, and in case we've forgotten, Germany has centuries of musical preeminence in their history, with a deeply rich and vibrant tradition of emotional, beautiful, astonishing work from composers and musicians. The electric guitar came to being in the States at a time when Europe happened to be in the throes of political and military upheaval. Naturally there wasn't much infrastructure in Germany or other places to support the rock music industry for a while. Nonetheless, the inherent potential in German artists or artists of any other nationality, European or otherwise, to produce great rock music, is just the same as the potential of any American or British artist. We really need to lose the nationalistic chauvinism in regards to popular music. Maybe it's just that the American masses are too lazy to learn other languages, so they don't understand foreign rock. That's their loss. "Euro-rock," as the reviewer put it, is amazing.

About Philipp Poisel

Germany's Philipp Poisel is a gifted singer/songwriter known for his emotive acoustic pop. Born June 18, 1983 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Poisel began playing drums and guitar in his youth, and by his teens was writing his own songs. After graduating from high school, he attempted to pursue a music education degree, but didn't pass his audition. Undeterred, he traveled through Europe and spent time busking as a street musician in Scandinavia. Returning to Germany around 2006, he met producer Frank Pilsl, with whom he recorded his first demos. After Herbert Grönemeyer became aware of Poisel in 2007, he signed the young musician to his Grönland label in January 2008. Seven months later, Poisel's debut album, Wo Fängt Dein Himmel An?, was released, with the title track serving as the record's first single (which managed to reach number 77 on the German charts).

After touring as an opening act with Maria Mena, Suzanne Vega, and Grönemeyer, Poisel went back to the studio to record his sophomore effort, Bis Nach Toulouse. Released in August 2010, it reached number eight on the German album charts, and was awarded gold certification three months later. A year later, Poisel contributed the song "Eiserner Steg" to the soundtrack of Matthias Schweighöfer's hit comedy What a Man. The live album Projekt Seerosenteich followed in 2012, and also reached gold status. In 2017, Poisel delivered his third studio album, Mein Amerika, which included the single "Zum Ersten Mal Nintendo." ~ Christian Genzel

HOMETOWN
Ludwigsburg , Germany
GENRE
Pop
BORN
June 18, 1983

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