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Happy Hour

Uncle Kracker

Happy Hour

LabelWarner Music
VertriebWarner Music
VÖ-Datum13.8.2010

Uncle Krackers achtjährige Tochter war so ganz und gar nicht angetan von den väterlichen Alben. Bitterlich beschwerte sie sich über das Tempo, tanzbar sei das so überhaupt nicht. Und was bleibt einem guten Vater da anderes übrig, als sich den Wünschen des Töchterchens zu beugen? Resultat ist Album Nummer vier Happy Hour mit weniger Balladen und mehr gefälligem Pop – die perfekte glatte Radiomusik für laue Sommertage.

Charttaugliche Sommerhits schreiben kann der ehemalige DJ und Co-Songwriter von Kid Rock allemal. Uncle Kracker aka Matthew Shafer war maßgeblich an Kid Rocks Smash-Hit All Summer Long beteiligt und mit Follow Me katapulierte er sich 2001 selbst ganz nach oben in die Charts. So erreichte auch die aktuelle Single Smile bereits die amerikanischen Top 30 – mit Mainstream-Erfolgs-Rezepten kennt sich der gebürtiger Detroiter eben aus. Happy Hour hat mit seiner anbiedernden Mischung aus balladigem Rock, Gute-Laune-Pop, Mainstream-Rap und etwas R&B wirklich für jeden etwas zu bieten. Selbstverständlich sind alle Stücke frei von Ecken und Kanten und nach spätestens fünf Minuten wieder vergessen. Zugegeben, bei dem ein oder anderen Song herrscht akute Ohrwurm-Gefahr, einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen sie allerdings nicht. Da gibt es das sentimentale Duett mit Jesse Lee Me Again, Whitesnakes Cabrio-Hit Here I Go Again verpackt in der Ballade Livin’ The Dream und das Classic-Rock-Cover Mainstreet von Bob Seger: allesamt schön geschrieben, nett produziert, aber vollkommen belanglos. Einziges Highlight des Albums ist Corner Bar, das mit seinen groovigen Bläsern und dem lässigen Beat wenigstens halbwegs überzeugt.


Die DJs der großen Radiosender haben Happy Hour diesen Sommer sicherlich mit Freude begrüßt. Bei allen anderen Hörern wird Uncle Krackers neuestes Werk wahrscheinlich nur ein müdes Kopfnicken hervorrufen, um dann für immer in Vergessenheit zu geraten. Wenigstens ist Krackers Tochter jetzt glücklich – hoffentlich.

Tracklist:
  1. Smile
  2. Another Love Song
  3. My Girlfriend
  4. Livin' The Dream
  5. Corner Bar
  6. Me Again (Feat. Jesse Lee)
  7. Good To Be Me
  8. I Hate California
  9. Hot Mess
  10. Hey Hey Hey
  11. I'm Not Leaving
  12. Mainstreet
Highlights:

Corner Bar

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