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O'Children

O'Children

O'Children

LabelDeadly People
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum15.10.2010

Schon alleine wegen seiner Größe, Tobi O´Kandi ist 2,04 Metern lang, ist der Frontmann von O' Children eine ausgesprochen imposante Erscheinung auf jeder Bühne, auf die er sich mit seiner Band begibt. Wenn er dann anfängt zu singen, vibriert alles: der Saal, die Theke, die Menschen. Sie erzittern vor seinem Bariton, Angst mischt sich mit Liebe. Die Engländer haben sich nicht umsonst nach einem Song von Nick Cave benannt. Dieser König bleibt unangetastet, stattdessen greifen sie nach dem 80s Wave und Gothic Thron.

Die Achtziger Jahre haben es dem Quartett offensichtlich angetan, vor allem der Sound und die Musik von Sisters Of Mercy, Depeche Mode oder auch Joy Division: Bei O' Children kommen alle gute Zutaten dieser Bands zusammen in für einem Debüt mitreißenden selbstbetitelten Album. Die starke Stimme O'Kandis birgt bereits das Potential für Drama, Dunkelheit und Pathos. In Verbindung mit zwingenden Keyboadteppichen, effektiven 80s Drums und einem guten Storytelling enstehen Songs, die – natürlich – Mut zur Größe beweisen. Malo fährt eine starke Violine auf, Dead Disco Dancer ist einfach nur Psycho, Ezekiel´s Son hat mit seinem Refrain ebenso Hitqualitäten wie das apokalyptische Ruins. Natürlich könnte man O'Children als reinen Abklatsch der genannten Künstler bezeichnen, doch dafür machen sie einfach zuviel Spaß, schreiben zu atmosphärisch ausgereifte Songs. Das Album ist dabei in seinem Stil ebenso konsequent wie homogen und bei den Geschichten über Sünde, Rettung, Tod und Liebe hängt man O'Kandi an den Lippen.

In den letzten drei Songs nimmt die Dichte zwar etwas ab, doch wer lang genug wartet, bekommt noch einen Bonustrack serviert, der die rockigere Seite der Band zeigt inklusive coolem Riff. Zudem könnten O'Children es sich leisten, sich noch mehr zu trauen. Das völlig durchgedrehte Saxophon am Ende von Radio Waves zeigt, wie das klingen könnte. Dies würde der Band den letzten Kick verpassen, den sie bräuchte, um nicht nur ein tolles, sondern ein hervorragendes und absolut eigenständiges Album aufzunehmen. Den Thron erklimmen sie damit noch nicht, aber sie befinden sich in Lauerstellung.

Tracklist:
  1. Malo
  2. Dead Disco Dancer
  3. Heels
  4. Fault Line
  5. Smile
  6. Ezekiel's Son
  7. Ruins
  8. Radio Waves
  9. Pray The Soul Away
  10. Don't Dig
Highlights:

Malo, Ezekiel's Son, Ruins

Unsere Bewertung:
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