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Absence

Paper Route

Absence

LabelUniversal Motown Music
VertriebUniversal Music
VÖ-Datum27.11.2009

Wie sagte doch Gitarrist Andy Smith zum Bandzustand kurz vor der ersten Trennung Paper Routes? "Unsere Band ist irgendwie nie so richtig aus dem Quark gekommen." Das haben sie nicht nur mit geschätzten 95% aller exisiterenden Bands gemeinsam, sondern diese Aussage trifft auch hervorragend auf Teile des Debüts Absence der Synthie-Pop-Rock-Hoffnung aus dem Hause Motown zu.

Das 80s-Revival macht auch vor diesem speziellen Label keinen Halt und so signten sie scheinbar voller Hoffnung die Retro-Bande Paper Route. Doch die gegenseitige Reminiszenz an die guten alten Zeiten lässt den neugewonnen Schwung der Wiederbelebung der Band nicht spürbar nach außen tragen. Die Zeiten der überdimensional weiten Pullover sind vorbei - zumindest dann, wenn das Quartett inbrünstig die Melancholie- und Sehnsuchtsheuler wie in Be Healed und Enemy Among Us zum Besten gibt. Die Folge sind auf Dauer häufig weder erhoffte Sympathiebekundungen noch der Wille, diesem schwermütigen Zustand Folge zu leisten.

Es scheint, als wollten die Herren aus dem Herzen der USA die Pop-Melodien der Skandinavier nacheifern. Doch die von der Band aus Nashville angestrebte Verquickung von 80s-Synthies und Rock-Elementen funktioniert allerdings genau dann am Besten, wenn sie ihre Grundstimmung mit allen Kräften unterstützen, wie sie dies in Gutter und Carousel umzusetzen wussten. Dann ist die Magie der Band erkennbar und dann haben sie solch großen Momente, dass sie gar mit Are We All Forgotten ein ganzes Stadium zum Singen bringen können und mit Lover's Anthem und viel Sehnsucht die ruhige Balladenkurve kriegen.

Dass sie durchaus mit moderneren Sounds umgehen können, beweist der Closer Dance On Our Graves in äußerst versöhnlicher Weise. Dieser gelungene Rausschmeißer und Herzschmachter verleitet zum Greifen nach der letzten Whiskeypulle aus dem geleerten Flaschenregal und prostet den vereinzelten Hoffnungen dieses Longplayers zu.

Tracklist:
  1. Enemy Among Us
  2. Wish
  3. Carousel
  4. Good Intentions
  5. Tiger Teeth
  6. Be Healed
  7. Last Time
  8. No Sudden Revelations
  9. Gutter
  10. Are We All Forgotten
  11. Lovers' Anthem
  12. Dance On Our Graves
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