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Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes

Boys & Girls

LabelRough Trade
VertriebBeggars Group/Indigo
VÖ-Datum6.4.2012

Eine Band aus Athens/Georgia wird derzeit gefeiert, als gäbe es kein Morgen mehr. Das muss es auch nicht, schließlich geht es direkt auf das Woodstock-Festival zwischen Janis Joplin und Joan Baez. Mehr Retro geht wohl kaum. Dreckiger Blues, Soul und Southern Rock werden vermengt und mit Aufnahmewerkzeug festgehalten, das heutige Standards kaum im Auge hat. Authentizität ist die Hauptsache. Und die Inbrunst, mit der Sängerin Brittany Howard zu Werke geht, ist nahezu gänzlich unlimitiert.

Sie schmettert und wimmert, was ihr Organ und ihre Gefühle hergeben. Klar, dass so viel Gefühl und so viel gelebter Blick zurück wahre Fanscharen auf den Plan ruft, die Blogs füllt und die Presse in wahren Lobeshymnen ausbrechen lässt, so wie es bei den ersten Gehversuchen der Black Crowes passierte, als die Neo-Hippies auf die Bühne traten und mit ihrem old-fashioned Bluesrock faszinierten. Das schreit nach Hype. Und ganz so falsch liegen die Glorifizierer nicht. Das Erahnen, mit den Alabama Shakes werde die neue Band der Retro-Bluesstunde geboren, könnte sich als Wahrheit herausstellen. Denn wann wurde zuletzt Southern Rock, Blues und Soul so hingebungsvoll und mit solch kratziger Frauenstimme vorgetragen? Was der Track Hold On versprach, der durch die Blogs als Stream kreiste, hält das Album nahezu auf ganzer Linie. Mit Dynamik, langen Instrumentalparts, gefühlvollen Soli und einem dem Genre entsprechenden Abwechslungsreichtum ausgestatteten, kurzweiligen Werk wie Boys & Girls kann sich kaum ein Retrofreund verschließen. Jede Sekunde wird der Staub hörbar, wird die Welt in buntes Treiben versetzt und atmet den Hauch einer Zeit, als die freie Liebe, Frieden und Drogenkonsum propagiert wurden. Und mit Gottes musikalischem Segen eines Gospels à la Heartbreaker wird die sündige Angelegenheit in ein Freudenfest getragen. Amen.

Dass die Sängerin gerade die 24 Jahre erreicht hat, ist ihrer Stimme kaum anzuhören. Und wie sie ihr Organ auf die Kratzigkeit getrimmt hat, bleibt wohl ihr Geheimnis, auch wenn so mancher Whiskey- und Zigarettenkonsum vermutet wird. Die Röhre passt, die Musik auch und die Mischung ist schier unwiderstehlich. Das Jahr kann für die Alabama Shakes beginnen. Auch wenn man ihnen die traurige Mitteilung machen muss, dass sie bereits im Jahre 2012 unterwegs sind.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Hold On
  2. I Found You
  3. Hang Loose
  4. Rise To The Sun
  5. You Ain't Alone
  6. Goin' To The Party
  7. Heartbreaker
  8. Boys & Girls
  9. Be Mine
  10. I Ain't The Same
  11. On Your Way
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