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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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Echo Street

Amplifier

Echo Street

LabelKScope
VertriebEdel
VÖ-Datum15.3.2013

Die Zeit der totalen Eigenregie ist schnell an Amplifier vorbeigezogen. Als vor zwei Jahren ihr Meisterwerk The Octopus unter Loslösung von Labelvorstellungen in mühevoller Kleinarbeit veröffentlicht wurde, häuften sich erneut die Anfragen für eine Vertragsunterzeichnung - und das Label KScope machte das Rennen. In nicht geahnter Geschwindigkeit entstand das neue Album Echo Street und verdeutlicht, dass sich die Band erneut hätte Ruhe walten lassen sollen.

Dass sich der ProgRock heute nahezu in einem Nischentum bewegt, ist keine neue Erkenntnis. Noch in den Neunzigern gehörten Bands wie Queensryche, Marillion und andere zu Megasellern und groovten und rockten sich durch dynamisch angelegte Stunden. Daran hat sich nicht viel geändert und auch The Octopus war mit diesen Elementen reichlich bestückt - doch hörbar engagierter. Dass sich Sänger und Gitarrist Sel Balamir an altes Material aus den 90ern erinnerte, das dieser noch auf seiner greifbaren Halde liegen hatte, ist deutlich zu hören. Zwar waren die Briten noch nie für ein ausgeprägtes Tempo bekannt, doch die Variationen sind auf Echo Street Mangelware. Stattdessen stagnieren Amplifier auf einer begrenzten Anzahl an Motiven und einer stetig wiederholenden und absehbaren Dynamisierung. Der typische Charakterzug des ProgRock wird in einem begrenzten Rahmen ausgelebt und der Ausbruch findet nur selten statt. Spürbare Lichtblicke wie der hell leuchtende Chor in Where The River Goes sind wohltuende Momente in einem sich festfahrenden Dynamikmechanismus, der mit wahrer Progressivität nur wenig gemein hat, sondern eher einer Monotonie gleich kommt. Musikalisch wird das Projekt Rückblick ohne Zweifel brillant vorgetragen. Doch die Erfahrung, die sie im Laufe der Zeit vor allem im Songwriting gesammelt haben, hätte zu mehr Mut führen müssen, um diesem alten, starren Material den Rücken zu kehren und sich am neuen Selbstbewusstsein durch The Octopus zu laben.

Der ProgRock eines Echo Street hätte noch in den 90er-Jahren beeindruckt. Doch zwanzig jahre später sind diese Klänge nur noch altbacken und wenig bereichernd. Und so darbt Echo Street sein Dasein als nettes Gimmick zwischendurch, der mit der Kraft und Charismatik seines Vorgängers in keiner Weise mithalten kann.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Matmos
  2. The Wheel
  3. Extra Vehicular
  4. Where The River Goes
  5. Paris In The Spring
  6. Between Today And Yesterday
  7. Echo Street
  8. Mary Rose
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