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Album der Woche

The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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The Album ID

This Is Head

The Album ID

LabelAdrian Recordings
VertriebBroken Silence
VÖ-Datum29.3.2013

Musik, die sich schon nach ein paar Minuten, wenn nicht gar Sekunden anhört, als ob sie von intelligenten Menschen geschrieben ist, die sich diesen Zustands bewusst sind, schreckt ja viele Menschen erst einmal ab. Da macht die neue Platte The Album ID von This Is Head keine Ausnahme. Jeder Ton, jedes Riff, jeder Tastendruck, ja jeder noch so mickrige Soundschnipsel scheint zu sitzen, und zwar genau dort, wo er nach Meinung der Band sein soll. Weil nur da macht er Sinn. Und mit der Intelligenz und besonders dieser mathematischen Genauigkeit geht auch häufig der Vorwurf einher: Das ist zu verkopft, das ist zu kalkuliert, wo bleibt das Herz, das Gefühl. Aber hey, This Is Head kommen aus Schweden, da kommen die Emotionen schon automatisch zwischen den Satz des Pythagoras.

In diesem Sinne war es vielleicht auch von Vorteil, dass mit Kalle Gustafsson-Jerneholm von The Soundtrack Of Our Lives jemand hinter den Reglern saß, der sich mit großen Gefühlen auskennt. Auch gut, dass Sänger Björn seine Stimme noch selbstbewusster einsetzt als auf dem nummerischen Debüt 0001. So gemahnt sein Organ in Castaway oder Time's An Ocean tatsächlich an Bono, ohne dessen Verantwortung für die Welt auf den Schultern zu tragen. Doch es ist nicht nur Björns Stimme, die für Menschlichkeit in dieser perfekten Welt aus Synthies, Sounds, Beats und Indiegitarren sorgt. Irgendwie schafft es das Quartett, ihren kühnen Berechnungen warm erscheinen zu lassen. Auf Illumination verläuft sich ein Bandchor, Staring Lenses deutet Streicher an, lässt sie aber nicht zur Tür herein, das instrumentale Ambient-Pop-Stück XVI spielt mit den hellen und dunklen Seiten des Klaviers. Dazu bleiben This Is Head griffig, immer nah an der Tanzfläche, wie vielleicht der beste Song Time's An Ocean beweist, sich aber auch fast bei jedem anderen Song hören lässt.

Im Zentrum von The Album ID stehen vor allem Beats, Beats, Beats – in allen Variationen. Sie schieben die Songs an, bremsen sie aus, führen sie auf eine falsche Fähre und dann doch wieder auf die Autobahn zurück. Sicherlich, diesen Sinn erfüllen Beats auch bei anderen Bands, doch bei This Is Head entscheiden sie nahezu alleine, ob ein Song funktioniert oder nicht. Gerade im letzten Drittel des Albums verlässt die Schweden diesbezüglich ihre Rechenkunst etwas, sie verlieren den Punch. Unter dem Strich allerdings ist The Album ID ein gelungener Nachfolger zu 0001. X=TIH.

Tracklist:
  1. Staring Lenses
  2. Illumination
  3. Castaway
  4. AB-Version
  5. XVI
  6. Time's An Ocean
  7. Summertime
  8. Repetition
  9. Into The Belly Of Mount Miff
  10. If I
Highlights:

Castaway, XVI, Time's An Ocean

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