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Runaway

The Magic Numbers

Runaway

LabelHeavenly Recordings
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum23.7.2010

Zweite Alben sind ja bekanntlich die Bestandsprobe für einen Künstler. Ein glorreiches Debüt kann durchaus Anfängerglück gewesen sein, aber wenn das zweite Werk dann auch noch überzeugt, steht dem Erfolg – meistens – nichts mehr im Weg. The Magic Numbers hatten so ihre Probleme mit Album Nummer zwei. Nach ihrem hoch gelobten, gleichnamigen Debüt im Jahr 2005 wirkte der Nachfolger Those The Brokes dann eher enttäuschend. Vier Jahre haben sich die Geschwisterpaare Stodard und Gannon nun Zeit gelassen, um mit Album Nummer drei wieder zu begeistern. Leider ist auch The Runaway nur allzu berechenbar und plätschert gefällig, aber spannungsfrei dahin.

Singende Zwillingspaare à la Tegan And Sara oder musizierende Brüder wie die Beach Boys sind in der Pop-Welt allzu gut bekannt. Aber ein Geschwisterquartett als Band? Schon allein das machen Sean und Angela Gannon sowie Romeo und Michele Stodard irgendwie sympathisch – das Ganze wirkt dann ein bisschen so wie die Brady-Familie, nur cooler, versteht sich. Nett ist auch, dass die Londoner häufig im Duett singen oder die beiden Mädels die Jungs im Gesang unterstützen. Bei den Magic Numbers trifft Folk auf Sixties-Pop, angereichert mit etwas Soul und Funk. Auf The Runaway gesellen sich dann noch ausgefeilte Streicher-Arrangements hinzu, die der im vergangenen Jahr verstorbene Robert Kirby inszeniert hat. Obwohl das neue Album theoretisch das Potenzial besitzt, einen großartigen bleibenden Eindruck zu hinterlassen, tut es das nicht. Die ersten Songs wie The Pulse, Hurt So Good oder A Start With No Ending unterscheiden sich durchaus noch voneinander und sind mit ihrer Mischung aus psychedelischem Orgel-Sound, 60ies-Atmosphäre und bizarrem Gitarrenspiel recht vielseitig. Doch auf dem zweiten Teil des Albums wirken die Stücke wie aus einem Guss – alle erinnern sie von ihrem verführerischen Soul an Marvin Gaye, alle treiben sie ohne Spannungsmomente im seichten Wasser einfach so dahin. Die Highlights fehlen hier vollkommen, nicht mal ein eingängiger Ohrwurm ist auszumachen.

Nett anzuhören ist The Runaway allemal. Was dem Album fehlt, sind die Ecken und Kanten. Da hilft es auch nicht viel, dass Robert Kirby, der schon die Streicherparts für Nick Drake geschrieben hat, das neueste Werk der Magic Numbers mit fulminanten Arrangements anreicherte. Letztendlich wirkt das Ganze lediglich überproduziert und häufig einfach nur einschläfernd.


 

Tracklist:
  1. The Pulse
  2. Hurt So Good
  3. Why Did You Call?
  4. Once I Had
  5. A Start With No Ending
  6. Throwing My Heart Away
  7. Restless River
  8. Only Seventeen
  9. Sound Of Something
  10. That Song That No One Knows
  11. Dreams Of A Revelation
  12. I'm Sorry
Highlights:

Once I Had

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