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Parrysland

Ashley Hicklin

Parrysland

LabelFerryhouse Productions
VertriebWarner Music
VÖ-Datum8.10.2010

Für weltberühmte Londoner Ensembles Werke komponiert, dem schwedischen Pop-Idol Johan Palm zu einem Nummer Eins Hit verholfen, den belgischen Einzug in den European Song Contest 2010 ermöglicht – nicht schlecht für einen 25-Jährigen. Ashley Hicklin hatte nach all seinen Ghostwriter-Erfolgen erst einmal genug davon, die musikalischen Karrieren anderer zu fördern. Jetzt möchte der in Hamburg lebende Engländer mit seinem Debütalbum Parrysland voll durchstarten – mit einer gefälligen Mischung aus eingängigem Pop.

Dass Hicklin als Sohn englischer Kneipenwirte quasi in einem Pub aufwuchs und dabei jede Menge folkige Pub-Musik auf die Ohren bekam und später dann in einer Metal-Band spielte, ist heute kaum mehr zu hören. Seine nasale Stimme erinnert auf Anhieb an Daniel Kübelböck und auch sonst klingt das englische Wunderkind sehr nach Casting-Show-Gewinner. Auf seinem "Konzeptalbum" Parrysland, das turbulente Beziehungen zum Thema hat, sind überwiegend eingehende Pop-Melodien zu finden, die ab und an von einem netten Streicherarrangement unterbrochen werden. Die Akustik-Gitarre kommt auch des Öfteren zum Einsatz, und wenn sich Hicklin in hohen Tönen dem Liebeskummer und Weltschmerz hingibt, meint man, James Blunt vor sich zu haben – gerade in Dublin, I’m Coming ist die Ähnlichkeit zu seinem Landsmann frappierend. Hin und wieder versucht sich der Engländer an kantigeren Nummern wie Whizz Bang Bang mit weiblichem Background-Gesang, stampfenden Schlagzeug und sich kurz aufbäumenden Streichern. Dieser Versuch scheitert allerdings kläglich: Whizz Bang Bang ist in etwa so kantig wie eine beliebige Nummer zwölf-Platzierung des Eurovision Song Contests. Auch die vereinzelten Piano-Arrangements bringen keine wesentliche Abwechslung in den seichten Einheitsbrei von Parrysland – ein Lied klingt wie das andere, egal, ob darauf Violinen, Akustik-Gitarre oder Klavier zu hören sind.

Ashley Hicklin mag ein begnadeter Komponist und in seiner Tätigkeit als Ghostwriter für poppige One-Hit-Wonder auch recht überzeugend sein. Sein Versuch, mit Parrysland als Musiker ernst genommen zu werden, ist allerdings zum Scheitern verurteilt. Sein Debütalbum ist ein einziger seichter Popsong, dem jeglicher Tiefgang und Charakter fehlt.

Tracklist:
  1. Blood On The Moors
  2. She Is Love
  3. Masquerade
  4. Eskimos To Astronauts
  5. All The Time In The World
  6. Dublin, I'm Coming
  7. Never Say Never
  8. Exclusive
  9. Whizz Bang Bang
  10. Memories & Faces
  11. Sober
  12. Home
  13. This City Wears A Secret
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