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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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Evil Friends

Portugal. The Man

Evil Friends

LabelAtlantic
VertriebWarner
VÖ-Datum31.5.2013

Anscheinend gibt es in Alaska nicht allzu viel zu tun. Anders kann der Output von Portugal. The Man seit ihrer Gründung im Jahre 2004 kaum erklärt werden. Evil Friends ist immerhin das achte Album, das die Band herausbringt. Fast noch erstaunlicher ist allerdings, welche Wandlungen die Band über die Zeit durchgemacht hat. Immerhin nahm sich die Band dieses Mal seit dem letzten Album In The Mountain, In The Cloud fast schon rekordverdächtige zwei Jahre, um ihren Sound weiterzuentwickeln. Dazu schnappten sie sich auch direkt Danger Mouse als Produzenten/Mentor. Jener hatte ja auch schon den Black Keys zum großen Durchbruch verholfen.

Evil Friends ist dennoch nicht ganz das eingängige Album geworden, das nun zu erwarten gewesen wäre. Dazu sind Portugal. The Man wahrscheinlich doch ein wenig zu verschroben. Dafür wildern sie aber umso charmanter in nahezu jeder Spielart des Indie-Rocks. Angefangen natürlich bei den Black Keys selbst, die zum Beispiel für den Titeltrack Evil Friends Pate standen. Lo-Fi-Gitarren, eingängiger Refrain, der ein oder andere Melodiewechsel und natürlich ordentlich Distortion. Kennt man alles, funktioniert auch bei Portugal. The Man wunderbar und wird natürlich verziehen, da die Band auf gar keinen Fall auf Nummer sicher geht und ein komplettes Album dieser Baureihe raushaut.

Stattdessen kommen natürlich auch die Beatles durch, aber auch Indie, wie ihn in den 90ern zahlreiche gitarrenlernende Teenager spielten. Dazu gesellen sich die ein oder andere elektronische Spielerei, die ja eh nicht ausbleiben kann, wenn es einen Keyboardspieler in der Band gibt. Und so reift mehr und mehr die Erkenntnis, dass Evil Friends zwar nicht das eingängige Album geworden ist, das zum Beispiel ein El Camino war, aber doch so gut wie jeder Song ein waschechter Ohrwurm ist und sich gar nicht so weit vom Pop entfernt bewegt, wie das so mancher Fan der früheren Stunden vielleicht ganz gerne hätte.

Tracklist:
  1. Plastic Soldiers
  2. Creep In A T-Shirt
  3. Evil Friends
  4. Modern Jesus
  5. Hip Hop Kids
  6. Atomic Man
  7. Sea Of Air
  8. Waves
  9. Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  10. Someday Believers
  11. Purple Yellow Red And Blue
  12. Smile
Highlights:

Plastic Soldiers, Hip Hop Kids, Sea Of Air, Someday Believers

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