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Barstool Conversations

Jeff Rowe

Barstool Conversations

LabelGunner Records
VertriebBroken Silence
VÖ-Datum17.9.2010

Ein nahezu unbeschriebenes Blatt ist Jeff Rowe aus Massachussets. Insider haben wohl das erste Mal von ihm gehört, als er es auf ein Mixtape des Alt Country/Punk/Alternative Labels Suburban Home schaffte. Selbst davon noch nie gehört? Eben: unbeschriebenes Blatt. Und so kann und wird es wahrscheinlich schnell passieren, dass ihn die Musikgeschichte vergisst und sein Album Barstool Conversations links liegen lässt.

Dabei gibt es wohl kaum eine Musik, die ein solches Potenzial für große Hymnen hat, wie sein Whiskey-geschwängerter Songwriter- Country, den so nur ehemalige Punkrock-Sänger spielen können. Und richtig: Auch die ehemalige Band von Jeff Rowe, die auf den Namen BoxingWater hört, kennen nur eingefleischte Kenner der amerikanischen Szene, ja selbst sein erstes Akustik- Projekt Tomorrow The Gallows sollte hierzulande niemandem etwas sagen. Da hilft vermutlich auch kein Name-Dropping, aber früher im Jahr erschien bereits beim Eingangs erwähnten Suburban Home Label das Album When The Stage Lights Go Dim von Micah Schnabel, dem Frontmann der etwas bekannteren Two Cow Garage. Wer dieses mochte, wird vermutlich auch Barstool Conversations nicht vom Hocker stoßen, um mal bei der Kneipen-Symbolik zu bleiben. Einer seiner Kumpels, Joe McMahon von Smoke Or Fire hat es sich sogar nicht nehmen lassen, bei dem ein oder anderen Song des Albums die Backing Vocals zu singen.

Umgekehrt aber ist es natürlich auch einfach, zu konstatieren, dass es eh schon eine Übersättigung an Songwritern, ob mit oder ohne Punkrock-Background, gibt und auch ein Jeff Rowe keine wesentlich neuen Akzente setzen kann. Eine solche Argumentation kann man allerdings für 95 % der Platten, die so erscheinen, anwenden. Und trotzdem freuen wir uns manchmal, wenn das, was wir da hören, genau das ist, was wir uns von einem Album versprochen haben.

Für ein paar Leute wird Barstool Conversations also wahrscheinlich zu einem guten Freund werden. Und diese paar Leute werden dann froh sein, dass sie Jeff Rowe für sich haben und nicht, wie etwa einen Frank Turner, mit vielen hundert anderen teilen müssen.

Tracklist:
  1. Passenger
  2. Kate
  3. Chasing Ghosts
  4. Bastards Love
  5. An Island's Point Of View
  6. Dead Authors
  7. Service Of Hardship
  8. Thinnest Strands
  9. Stolen Songs
  10. Glenville
  11. No Place
  12. Pale Face
Highlights:

Kate, An Island's Point Of View, Pale Face

Unsere Bewertung:
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