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Album Review

Having built up both their reputation and their increasing musical range over earlier releases, the members of KMFDM brought it all together on the brilliant Naïve, one of industrial/electronic body music's key albums and a great blast of entertainment from start to finish. The self-referential qualities evident from earlier songs like "More and Faster" came to the fore with the brief "Welcome," literally doing just that for new listeners, and from there KMFDM does everything from four-to-the-floor beats to Wagnerian epic metal and back again. What's especially impressive about Naïve is that for all the genre-hopping, it's all still clearly the work of one band — but one so ridiculously good that everything they touch pretty much turns to gold. The title track is especially fantastic, a disco anthem for a generation grown up on feedback as much as acid pulse, with a catchy-as-hell lead female vocal matched by the expected distortion on En Esch's own drawl and the whole thing slamming forward without pause. As good as that it is, though, there's no question which song is the total standout — "Liebeslied." Outrageously interpolating Carl Orff's noted vocal piece Carmina Burana into a bombastic explosion of mechanical rhythms, orchestral hits, and an increasing amount of hero guitar feedback slabs, not to mention the husked, desperate lead vocals, it's a jawdropping masterpiece that demands and gets total surrender. Regrettably, sample clearance issues meant later versions of the album had edited versions of this and other songs — be sure to look for the original Wax Trax! (as opposed to Wax Trax!/TVT) pressings. (Bonus cuts include a live take on "Disgust" and a Ministry-produced version of the storming "Godlike").

Customer Reviews

Kmfdm Naive

How Naive to not give this album a good review.Kmfdm is one of the best bands in the world.They have and will never sell out.No pity for the majority.I'm out.


The stat of a long string of amazing KMFDM Albums, from Naïve to Adios. Then their NEW string of great albums from Blitz onward... hopefully

KMFDM's strongest of the early years

The KFMDM that most fans are familiar with (heavy guitar riffs, cheesy backing vocals, and heavy dance beats) hadn't quite hit in full force yet. Most of KFMDM's albums up through Money relied more on sampled guitars than original compositions, and this album is no exception. Still, this is probably the best of KMFDM's early era, continuing the same strain of industrial featured on UAIOE. A good, solid album, and probably better than their follow-up, Money.


Formed: February 29, 1984 in Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Such industrial alt-metal outfits as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry received the lion's share of press and commercial success during the '90s, but a handful of other bands slugged it out for just as long (or much longer), including KMFDM. The band's name has been the subject of countless debates among fans over the years as to what it stands for (their record company even went as far as holding a contest in 1994 for fans to submit possible meanings, resulting in more than 1,000 entries), but the confirmed...
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