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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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Senior

Röyksopp

Senior

LabelPias / Wall Of Sound
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum10.9.2010

Ist es wirklich immer so, dass ein Junior für Spritzigkeit steht, etwas vorlaut, aber auch voller Elan ist, ihm jedoch vielleicht noch die nötige Reife fehlt? Und ist es andererseits so, dass ein Senior hingegen diese Reife besitzt und Ruhe, Gelassenheit, Tiefe und Souveränität ausstrahlt? In dieser Allgemeinheit wohl schwer zu sagen. Im Falle von Röyksopp stand ihr Album Junior jedenfalls auch für eine Seite der Band, die mehr positiv nach vorne gerichtet war, die aber auch - wenn man der Band Gehör schenkte - erst in ihrem Ganzen zu verstehen wäre, wenn man denn das Folge-Album Senior hören würde.

Allerdings war Junior im Vergleich zu früheren Werken doch etwas eindimensionaler; vielleicht auch, weil der in der Summe dann doch etwas zu fröhlich und hitorientiet wirkte und man sich des Eindrucks nicht ganz erwehren konnte, dass der Junior durchaus etwas reifer hätte sein dürfen und die Norweger wirklich schon spannendere Sachen aus den Tiefen ihres Studios hervorgebracht hatten. Zur gleichen Zeit mit Junior entstanden, soll Senior das nachliefern und eine weiter Facette zeigen. Eben eine dunklere, atmosphärischere, die Röyksopp auch inne wohnt.

Aber, wie gesagt, zu verstehen sollte alles erst sein, wenn beide Alben dann das Licht der Welt erblickt haben würden. Jetzt wartet also des Rätsels Lösung darauf, gehört zu werden. Und tatsächlich, Senior klingt insgesamt anders. Deutlich dunkler, sphärisch und ohne jegliche Vocals präsentieren sich Röyksopp auf Senior. Einziger direkter musikalischer Schnittpunkt ist der Track Tricky Two. Quasi das Instrumental zu Tricky Tricky vom Junior. Damit sind dann aber auch die Gemeinsamkeiten weitestgehend gegessen.

Obwohl sich Senior anfangs viel versprechend präsentiert, gewinnt man mit der Zeit den Eindruck, dass sich Röyksopp ein wenig in ihrem synthetischen Klanguniversum zu verlieren scheinen. So büßt beispielsweise The Drug ohne das Video dazu seine Spannung ein - und steht damit exemplarisch auch für einige Momente auf Senior, die sich mit ihrem Ambient-lastigen Sound besser als Soundtrack aufgehoben wüssten. Nur an einigen Stellen zeigen die Norweger dann ihr ganzes Können, so wie auf The Fear, dass, sich wunderbar steigernd, einen Spannungsbogen aufbaut und die Bilder selbst im Kopf generiert. Und wir merken, dass Reife ein gewisses Kriterium für Qualität sein kann; aber eben nicht immer. Und das das, was der Junior so treibt, nicht unbedingt besser mit der Existenz des Seniors erklärt werden kann.

 

Tracklist:
  1. ... And The Forest Began To Sing
  2. Tricky Two
  3. The Alcoholic
  4. Senior Living
  5. The Drug
  6. Forsaken Cowboy
  7. The Fear
  8. Coming Home
  9. A Long, Long Way
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