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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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Root For Ruin

Les Savy Fav

Root For Ruin

LabelFrenchkiss Records
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum17.9.2010

"Titten! Titten! Titten!" Sogar Rüdiger aus der Männergruppe in Der Bewegte Mann hatte sich endlich getraut, nicht nur "Brüschte" zu sagen, sondern die Sache auf den gender-politisch unkorrekten Punkt zu bringen. Nun hätte man Tim Harrington, Sänger und Frontmann der Les Savy Fav allein von der Optik und seiner Live-Performance viel eher mit Laszivität in Verbindung gebracht, als jenen verklemmten Rüdiger. Auf ihrem fünften Album Root For Ruin ist es allerdings endlich deutlich zu vernehmen: zwar nennt Harrington diverse Körperteile nicht beim Namen, er lässt dennoch die Sau raus und die Band klingt so lasziv wie nie zuvor.

Dass Les Savy Fav längst zu den geliebten Kultbands im Indie-Rockbereich zählen, sollte sich herumgesprochen haben. Ihr 2007 erschienenes Album Let's Stay Friends war brilliant, verrückt, eingängig, formidabel. Warum diese energetische Band noch immer einen Kultstatus trägt und nicht in höherer Riege ist, bleibt ein Rätsel. Vielleicht liegt ein Grund in der quantitativ mageren Albumproduktion in ihrer immerhin 15-jährigen Geschichte. Mit ihrem neuen Album machen sie es sich nicht leichter, denn nun soll es wieder sperriger im Les Savy Fav-Sound zugehen. Zwar hält sich der Opener Appetites nicht an die Vorgaben und hat eher den Charakter eines Brit-Rock-Knallers, aber als versüßender Opener ist dieser Track bestens geeignet. Die Energie wird mit Dirty Nails konserviert - ein Stück melodischer Punk/Hardcore inbegriffen - und mit Poltergeist zum Schweben gebracht. Doch so energisch Root For Ruin auch zu Werke geht, hat das Album auch einen luftigen Charakter. Die Oberliga wurde mit dem Vorgänger längst erreicht und nun gilt es, das Niveau zu halten - in Songwriting und der Nachhaltigkeit. Das schafft Root For Ruin nur bedingt und lässt nur folgendes zu: Meckern auf hohem Niveau. So fällt Sleepless In Silverlake in die Kategorie Nebenrolle, Let's Get Out Of Here versucht sich Ende mit einem mitsingbaren Chorus über die Bühne zu retten und Excess Energies legt zum letzten Act den Endspurt vor, der nicht nötig gewesen wäre. Denn Songs wie das schleppende Dear Crutches, High And Unhinged und das zappelnde Calm Down machen vor, wie Les Savy Fav besser klingen.

Root For Ruin beweist es: an einen Hochkaräter enzuknüpfen, wie es im Fall Les Savy Fav Let's Stay Friends ist, ist nicht einfach. Die New Yorker haben es mit einem kleinen Schritt in die Vergangenheit versucht und ein immer noch beachtenswertes Album vorgelegt, das trotz seiner kleinen Durchhänger Gehör finden sollte. Auch wenn dies ein kleiner Rückschritt geworden ist.

Tracklist:
  1. Appetites
  2. Dirty Knails
  3. Sleepless In Silverlake
  4. Let's Get Out Of Here
  5. Lips N' Stuff
  6. Poltergeist
  7. High And Unhinged
  8. Excess Energies
  9. Dear Crutches
  10. Calm Down
  11. Clear Spirits
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