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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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Optica

Shout Out Louds

Optica

LabelVertigo
VertriebUniversal
VÖ-Datum22.2.2013

Es gibt wahrscheinlich nicht viele Bands, die sich so kontinuierlich dem Wandel unterzogen haben, wie die Shout Out Louds. Als ihr Debütalbum Howl, Howl, Gaff, Gaff 2005 auch außerhalb von Schweden erschien, war es leicht sie in die damals rollende neue Indiepop-Welle zu packen, die zwar normalerweise aus England kam, für die dieses Album aber ein richtiger Prototyp war. Die nachfolgenden Alben hielten dann schön einen Dreijahresrhythmus ein, veränderten aber systematisch immer in gleichen Schritten den Sound der Schweden.

Leider aber veränderte sich auch nach und nach die Qualität der Songs. Denn während das Debüt dank seines teilweise rohen Charmes größtenteils überzeugen konnte, wurden die Highlights auf Our Ill Wills und Work konsequent weniger. Das tat dem Erfolg der Band natürlich keinen Abbruch, auch dank intelligenter Marketing-Aktionen. Auch zu Optica gibt es die (in Form eines Eis-Schallplatten-Videos). Doch lenken wir nicht ab, hier geht es ja um Musik.

Und die ist noch einmal eine ganze Ecke glattgeschliffener als auf dem Vorgänger. Der Opener Sugar erinnert zum Beispiel an den Landsmann Anders Wendin mit seinem Projekt Moneybrother und zitiert elegant aus den letzten 40 Jahren Popgeschichte. Da wird also rumgeflötet, wo es nur geht, Synthesizer der alten Baureihe finden ihre Verwendung und Sänger Adam Olenius klingt immer noch leicht gequält, aber irgendwie auch eine ganze Ecke optimistischer.

Doch auch Optica hat wieder das Problem seiner Vorgänger: Neben soliden Hits wie Illusions und Walking In Your Footsteps hat es relativ viel Füllmaterial, das ins eine Ohr rein und aus dem anderen postwendend wieder rausgeht. Der einzige Song, der dauerhaft stehen bleibt, ist das düstere Finale Destroy, aber irgendwie bleibt auch da das Gefühl, das sie sowas ähnliches mit Seagull schonmal noch besser hinbekommen haben.

Tracklist:
  1. Sugar
  2. Illusions
  3. Blue Ice
  4. 14th Of July
  5. Burn
  6. Walking In Your Footsteps
  7. Glasgow
  8. Where You Come In
  9. Hermila
  10. Chasing The Sinking Sun
  11. Circles
  12. Destroy
Highlights:

Illusions, Walking In Your Footsteps, Destroy

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