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Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller

Sonik Kicks

LabelV2
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum23.3.2012

Der Mann ist noch immer umtriebig. Und er möchte immer besser werden. Er scheint probieren zu wollen. Noch immer. Testen, welche Stile sich für ihn eignen. Sonik Kicks, das elfte Soloalbum des 53-jährigen Sängers, nutzt er nun, um seine letzten beiden Alben 22 Dreams und Wake Up the Nation ineinanderfließen zu lassen. Ein bisschen Jazz, ein wenig Reggae, ein ordentlicher Schuss Rock, Ballade und eine Menge Krautrock. Und selbst die 60s hat der Father of mod nicht vergessen.

Was auf den ersten Blick und nach den ersten Höreindrücken sprunghaft und zerrissen klingt, bekommt sukzessive mehr und mehr Substanz. Paul Weller kann eben nicht anders. Er kann einfach keine Alben schreiben, die sich verlieren könnten, die einer wohlklingenden Karriere und Diskografie einen kleinen dunklen Fleck aufsetzen möchten. So auch Sonik Kicks nicht. Er schwankt umher zwischen Sounds wie dem famosen, geradlinigen Opener Green, geht über in einen schwelgerischen Pop-Tune The Attic, erklärt in Kling I Klang die Polka-Party für eröffnet, macht mit dem 60s-Instrumental Sleep Of The Serene eine Verweilpause, bevor es mit Streichern und Streicheleinheiten mit der Ballade By The Waters weitergeht. Nein, langweilig wird es auf Sonik Kicks nicht. Paul Weller zeigt sich unberechenbar und lässt gar einen Dub-Song im Duett mit Ehefrau Hannah folgen, der an längst vergangene Zeiten erinnert. Und so wechseln sich die Stile im Laufe des Albums ab, ohne dass sich ihm wirklich vorwerfen ließe, trotz aller Wechselspiele einen Faden zu verlieren. Es ist der rote Faden, sich nicht auf einen Sound zu konzentrieren, so wie er es noch auf Wake Up The Nation so bravorös meisterte. Dass das Konzept nicht immer aufgeht und es dennoch wenige Phasen gibt, in denen Abschnitte luftleer erscheinen, ist eine Randerscheinung, die es zu vernachlässigen gilt. Denn die immer wiederkehrenden Überraschungsmomente halten das Album auf einem angenehmen Level.

Ob Mitmusiker à la Noel Gallagher, Graham Coxon und Aziz Ibrahim (Ex-Stone Roses) nötig gewesen wären, Sonik Kicks einen solchen Sound zu verleihen ist zwar fraglich, hat die drei Gastmusiker wohl sicherlich zu glücklicheren Menschen gemacht. Denn wenn Paul Weller ruft, stehen noch alle auf der Matte. Und er macht es ihnen noch immer vor, wie einfach es ist, nicht stehen zu bleiben, sondern wie Ideen in die Tat umgesetzt werden.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Green
  2. The Attic
  3. Kling I Klang
  4. Sleep Of The Serene
  5. By The Waters
  6. That Dangerous Age
  7. Study In Blue
  8. Dragonfly
  9. When Your Garden's Overgrown
  10. Around The Lake
  11. Twilight
  12. Drifters
  13. Paperchase
  14. Be Happy Children
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