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United Nations Of Sound

RPA & The United Nations Of Sound

United Nations Of Sound

LabelParlophone
VertriebEMI
VÖ-Datum16.7.2010

Ein Egomane kommt selten allein. Die stille Gefolgschaft ist schließlich obligatorisch. Und wo bliebe dieser, wenn es keine Empfänger seiner Botschaften gäbe, oder Messages wie es heute heißt. Seine ehemaligen Kollegen von The Verve hatten zweimal keine Lust mehr, die Eigenarten des Richard Ashcrofts zu ertragen und mit ihm zusammen zu arbeiten. Zunächst 1995, nach kurzer Wiedervereinigung erneut 1999 und es bleibt abzuwarten, wie lange die Reunion von 2007 Bestand haben wird. Denn Solo-Gänge sind dem Sänger enorm wichtig, so wichtig wie seine Sonnenbrille, sein Image, sein Mundwerk. Nun darf er wieder den großen Zampano spielen, der diverse Studiomusiker dirigiert. Richard Paul Ashcroft And The United Nations Of Sound.

Vielleicht hätte er entweder das Zepter komplett an die Arrangeure, Produzenten und Musiker abgeben sollen, um sich komplett von seinem Sound zu lösen oder nach einem Schnupperkurs im Vorfeld die Zusammenarbeit mit No ID und Benjamin Wright überdenken sollen. Richard Ashcroft entschied sich jedoch, seiner Linie treu zu bleiben und an die eher schwächeren Solo-Alben anzuknüpfen. Are You Ready? ist die vorangestellte Hymne zum Neustart und wirkt so plakativ, dass es sich wohl bald als Opener jedes Stadionkonzertes des Herrn aus Wigan wiederfinden wird. Und auch im Verlauf des Albums ist es schwer, das ein oder andere Highlight ausfindig zu machen. Ashcroft bemüht sich zwischenzeitlich, The Verve wie in Good Lovin klingen zu lassen. Doch es ist fraglich, welchen Nutzen es hat, Solopfade zu beschreiten, wenn er doch am Besten ist, wenn er Songs singt, die seiner ruhenden Band am Nächsten kommen. Doch was um Himmels Willen haben sich die Akteure mit How Deep Is Your Man gedacht? Ein Blues-Gitarrenriff à la John Lee Hooker, ein paar Beats im Hintergrund und ein überforderter Sänger, der sich durch den Chorus schmeichelt.

Doch die Versuche, ein wenig nach dem R'n'B der Produzenten zu klingen, sind halbgar. This Thing Called Life plätschert als beat-lastige Ballade schier endlos dahin und Beatitude wirkt nicht nur dem Namen nach wie eine Plattitüde, sondern verliert vor allem auch durch die ständige Wiederholung der Song-Attitüde ("This is gospel truth, this is a beatitude") seinen Reiz. Immerhin scheint United Nations Of Sound mit Gottes Segen aufgenommen zu sein. Denn so oft, wie Richard Ashcroft seinen Glauben verkündet und den Herrn preist, ist die Beziehung zumindest dieser beiden vollkommen in Ordnung.

Tracklist:
  1. Are You Ready
  2. Born Again
  3. America
  4. This Thing Called Life
  5. Beatitudes
  6. Good Lovin'
  7. How Deep Is Your Man
  8. She Brings Me The Music
  9. Royal Highness
  10. Glory
  11. Life Can Be So Beautiful
  12. Let My Soul Rest
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