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Controlling Crowds Part IV

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Controlling Crowds Part IV

LabelWarner Music
VertriebWarner
VÖ-Datum16.10.2009

Vorsicht! Es wird kompliziert. Das sechste Studioalbum der Londoner Band Archive hieß Controlling Crowds. Nur wer genau recherchiert, erfährt, dass das Album die Ergänzung I-III erhielt. Auf einem Album befanden sich also drei Teile. Als wäre das nicht schon verwirrend genug, gab es zu diesem Album eine Bonus-CD, die aber nicht der vierte Teil war. Dieser kommt stattdessen jetzt, einige Monate später, heraus und ist mit elf Songs fast so lang, wie seine drei Vorgängerteile zusammen.

Controlling Crowds IV ist also streng genommen Album Nummer Sieben von Archive und bietet vieles, das bereits bestens vertraut ist. Auch hier werden die Stimmen nicht abklingen, die Bands wie Massive Attack oder Portishead im Speziellen und Triphop im Allgemeinen als Einflüsse nennen werden. Auch hier wird mit viel elektronischen Elementen eine oftmals entspannte, aber auch sehr dichte Atmosphäre gesponnen, die sich irgendwo zwischen sparsam dosierten Rap-Einlagen, melodischem Gesang und ausufernden Arrangements eine ganz eigene Welt erschafft.

Gerdade weil das letzte Archive-Album so kurze Zeit vorher erschien und, weil ein Zusammenhang schon durch die Benennung nicht zu leugnen ist, stellt sich natürlich die Frage, ob so kurz hintereinander ein solches Album wirklich benötigt wird. Dieses bezaubernde Gefühl jedoch, das einen am Anfang von The Empty Bottle so sehnsüchtig an The Cooper Temple Clause denken lässt, versöhnt schnell mit dem Gedanken, dass vielleicht nicht alles auf Controlling Crowds IV wirklich meisterhaft ist.

Und so bleibt ein Album, das zeigt, warum Archive einen so hervorragenden Ruf besitzen, auch wenn es den ein oder anderen eher bodenständigen Moment hat. Freunde der ersten drei Teile werden auch Controlling Crowds IV mögen. Für alle anderen gilt wahrscheinlich, dass sie auch ohne recht gut zurecht kommen können.

Tracklist:
  1. Pills
  2. Lines
  3. The Empty Bottle
  4. Remove
  5. Come On Get High
  6. Thought Conditioning
  7. The Feeling Of Losing Everything
  8. Blood In Numbers
  9. To The End
  10. Pictures
  11. Lunar Bender
Highlights:

The Empty Bottle, Come On Get High , To The End

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