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Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka

Home Again

LabelPolydor
VertriebUniversal
VÖ-Datum16.3.2012

Ein Raunen ging letztes Jahr durch die Musik-Welt als Michael Kiwanuka, ein Brite mit den Wurzeln aus Uganda, sich anschickte, seine erste EP zu veröffentlichen. Tell Me A Tale war der Soul-getränkte Vorbote seines jetzt erscheinenden Albums Home Again, das durch die Bank Entzücken wie Erstaunen auslöste und letztlich auch das Erfolgs-Goldkind Adele dazu veranlasste, ihn für das Vorprogramm ihrer Tournee auf die Bühne zu holen. Und auch die BBC befand, dass Mr. Kiwanuka definitiv den Sound von 2012 darstellt.

Dabei bringt Tell Me A Tale uns die Soul-Flötentöne bei, die eigentlich in eine Zeit gehören, die schon viele Jahrzehnte hinter uns liegt - und die Frage scheint berechtigt, ob das wirklich der Sound dieses Jahres ist oder sein kann. Wer allerdings ein wenig weiter in Home Again eindringt, wird merken, dass sich diese Frage bald erübrigt, denn letztlich geht es - zumindest Michael Kiwanuka selbst - gar nicht um eine Sound-Definition für das Jetzt. Der hat einfach einen Sound für sich entdeckt, dem er seine eigenen Facetten entlocken kann. Dass das für den Hörer so wirkt, dass Kiwanuka direkt aus den Zeiten der Temptations hinübergebeamt wurde, ist eine 'Problematik', mit der sich jeder selber auseinander setzen kann.

Wie man auch dazu steht: Es ist nicht weniger als es als außergewöhnlich zu bezeichnen, dass ein 25-jähriger Musiker dermaßen viel Soul aufgesogen hat, den man eigentlich nur in den Adern haben könnte, wenn man einen Zeit-Sprung von ungefähr 40 Jahren hingelegt hätte. Dabei sind es nicht nur die Songs selbst, sondern es sind auch die Arrangements, die ebenso wie der Sound, obwohl alles andere als verwaschen und Lo-Fi klingt, so authentisch sind. Und es ist natürlich nicht zu letzt diese faszinierende Stimme, die unweigerlich Künstler wie Otis Redding, Bill Withers oder Al Green in das Gedächtnis bringen.

Es ist diese Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der Michael Kiwanuka seine Songs auf Home Again präsentiert, die auch noch den letzten Zweifler zum Anhänger bekehrt und die die Frage von Trend-Surfer oder Soul-Saver zur reinen Nebensache oder Haarspalterei werden lassen. Home Again ist die Antwort darauf, ob wir gute Musik bzw. gute Musiker brauchen. Obwohl, eine Frage bleibt dann doch nach dem Genuss von Home Again: Könnte es nicht doch plötzlich 1972 sein und war der Fluxkompensator vielleicht doch keine Erfindung in einem Hollywood-Streifen...?

 

Tracklist:
  1. Tell Me A Tale
  2. I'm Getting Ready
  3. I'll Get Along
  4. Rest
  5. Home Again
  6. Bones
  7. Always Waiting
  8. I Won't Lie
  9. Any Day Will Do Fine
  10. Worry Walks Beside Me
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