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The Valley Of The Butterflies

Stone River

The Valley Of The Butterflies

LabelFallen Sky
VertriebGroove Attack
VÖ-Datum13.11.2009

Wie hat man sich das vorzustellen? Kleine Feuerstellen um das und im Haus verteilt, Heizstrahler, Energiesparlampen en masse, die Heizung voll aufgedreht, vielleicht eine Wüstentapete und viel, viel Alkohol? Irgendwie müssen die sechs Jungs von Stone River aus Kanada ja eine Southern Rock Atmosphäre hergestellt haben. Andererseits: Ihre Heimat Ontario liegt ja im Süden - zumindest Kanadas. Und schon macht alles wieder Sinn!?

Trotzdem bleibt kurze Zeit Skepsis bestehen. Da ist der Opener ihres Debüts The Valley Of The Butterflies dann auch vorsorglich Southern Feeling genannt worden, um Zweifel, die etwa Authentizität oder Ernsthaftigkeit der Angelegenheit betreffen könnten, umgehend aus dem Weg zu räumen. Eine weise Entscheidung, denn der Song sorgt schnell für klare Verhältnisse: Southern Rock, Classic Rock, der bis in die 70s zurückreicht, Heavy Rock und nicht zuletzt Rock'n'Roll. Stone River verstehen all dies, zu einer hübsch rockenden Melange zu verarbeiten. Zwei Jahre haben die Mittzwanziger an ihrem Debüt gefeilt, nachdem sie zuvor ausgiebig auf Tour waren. Und diese Zeit ist The Valley Of The Butterflies anzumerken. Positiv wie negativ. Zunächst sind die neun Songs allesamt hervorragend austariert. Alles hat seinen Platz, es gibt Abwechslung. Highlights sind sicherlich der Opener, das ruhige On These Turning Tides und allen voran der R'n'R-Überflieger Can´t Help Loving Her. Doch diese Perfektion lässt die Platte häufig etwas zu kalt wirken. Manchen Songs würde etwas mehr Verschrobenheit und Spontanität gut tun. Stattdessen gelingt es Stone River auf diese Weise nicht, sich von den Einflüssen beispielsweise der Black Crowes frei zu spielen und genug Eigenständigkeit zu zeigen.

Trotzdem sollte jedem Fan der genannten Genres Stone River mindestens einen Hördurchgang wert sein. The Valley Of The Butterflies ist ein gutes Debüt, das genug Qualitäten besitzt, diese aber noch nicht in eigene Bahnen lenkt, sondern eher den Fußstapfen anderer folgt.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Southern Feeling
  2. Cold Black River
  3. Come On
  4. On These Turning Tides
  5. Can´t Help Loving Her
  6. Divine Child
  7. Inside These Walls
  8. Dust & Stone
  9. The Valley Of The Butterflies
Highlights:

Southern Feeling, On These Turning Tides, Can´t Help Loving Her

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