You just have to say it, and in this case, it's no exaggeration: there has never been an album like "Wünschen" (Wishing). Something comparable? No way! The compelling strength of this cycle of songs lies in the unity of its contradictions, expressed in the subject matter and the choice of musical resources, as well as a lineup of players from different generations, continents, and musical concepts. This is an album as all-encompassing as life itself, and as colorful and unpredictable as a Coen brothers film.
A major reason why this musical portrait is so multi-faceted lies in Leuthäuser's fellow musicians' ability to immerse themselves in the singer's musical language. World traveler Greg Cohen doesn't just play bass; as producer, he has also sympathetically supervises the album. Like Leuthäuser, Cohen is a superb storyteller. He has played with the likes of Tom Waits and John Zorn, and was in the Robert Altman film "Short Cuts". Likewise, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Joey Baron are major players in the New York jazz scene. As second drummer, Earl Harvin carries the expressive understatement he was known for as a member of the Indie rock band Tindersticks into Leuthäuser's production. Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder has already had success with the exceptional American drummer Jim Black, and Islandic guitarist Daniel Böðvarsson has been a close musical companion of Leuthäuser's since their school days together.