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Album der Woche

The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

Enjoy this trip

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Strange Weather, Isn't It?

!!! (Chkchkchk)

Strange Weather, Isn't It?

LabelWarp
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum20.8.2010

Immer cool. Immer distanziert. Immer funky. Immer clubby. Das waren !!!. Doch in den Jahren zwischen 2007 und 2010 hatte die Band mit herben Rückschlägen zu kämpfen. Nicht nur, dass John Pugh, Tyler Pope und Justin van der Volgen das Gefüge verließen, sondern auch der tragische Tod des Schlagzeugers Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs war zu 2009 zu beklagen. Doch es ging irgendwie weiter. Tyler und Justin beteiligten sich zwar noch rudimentär an Strange Weather, Isn't It?, aber dann war die Trennung unumgänglich. Nun agieren Sänger Nic Offer, Gitarrist Mario Andreoni, Daniel Forman (Keyboard) und Allan Wilson (Saxophonist und Perkussion) als Grundgerüst weiter, die sich live von Shanon Funchess und Paul Quattrone unterstützen lassen.

Kleine Inspirationen zum Album erhofften sie sich durch einen temporären Ortswechsel. Die bebenden Clubssounds und das Leben Berlins sollten neue, zusätzliche Denkanstöße bringen. Laut Nic Offer wollten sie also ihre eigene Berlin-Platte machen, da für sie jeder wichtige Musiker eine gemacht habe. Doch so deutlich ist der Einfluss der deutschen Hauptstadt nicht zu vernehmen, denn der Sound von !!! hat sich wenig verändert. Strange Weather, Isn't It? ist eine Nuance dunkler, als seine Vorgänger geworden. Doch auch nach den Wirrungen innerhalb der Band klingt diese aufreizend lässig und zelebriert ihren ganz eigenen Indie-Funk. So klingt nur !!!. Und so klangen nur !!!. Doch nie klangen sie so homogen, wie auf dieser Platte. Strange Weather, Isn't It? ist wie eine nicht endende Maxi-Single, eine extended Version mit kleinen Veränderungen. Dynamiken gibt es selten. Die Saxofon-Einschübe sind äußerst sparsam und sehr gezielt gewählt und Sänger Nic Offer kennt keine anderen Gefühlsregungen als zurückgelehnt und lässig das Mikrofon zu halten. Songs als Highlights zu suchen ist verlorene Zeit. !!! sind das Highlight - unverwechselbar nicht nur durch die Stimme Offers, sondern auch der unnachahmliche Sound.

Wer nun meint, er sei an einen langweiligen Coolness-Trip geraten, der irrt. Chkchkchk-Kenner wissen das und sie wissen dieses zu gut. Der Sound dieser Band fesselt und nichts anderes macht Strange Weather, Isn't It? "Enjoy this trip, enjoy this trip and it is a trip".

Tracklist:
  1. AM / FM
  2. The Most Certain Sure
  3. Wannagain Wannagain
  4. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
  5. Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks
  6. Hollow
  7. Jump Back
  8. Even Judas Gave Me A Kiss
  9. The Hammer
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