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Sex With An X

The Vaselines

Sex With An X

LabelSub Pop
VertriebCargo Records
VÖ-Datum17.9.2010

Der Albumtrailer zu Sex With An X - in den Hauptrollen Eugene Kelly und Frances McKee selbst, die sich in Gestalt fiktiver Charaktere euphorisch und zum Amusement des Zuschauers gegenseitig zur neuen Platte interviewen - setzt voraus, dass uns die Vaselines auf jeden Fall ein Begriff sein sollten. Das stimmt zwar, doch hat die 1987 gegründete und schon drei Jahre später wieder aufgelöste Band nie wirklich aus eigener Kraft ihren Weltruhm erlangt. Dass es dennoch ganz hinten (vielleicht auch etwas weiter vorn) im Kopf Klick gemacht hat, als die schottische Band nach zwanzig Jahren ihr zweites Album ankündigten, daran ist niemand Geringeres als Grunge-Ikone Kurt Cobain Schuld, der The Vaselines immer als bedeutenden Einfluss seiner eigener Musik bezeichnete.
Gut, der Begriff Weltruhm ist möglicherweise (oder ziemlich sicher) etwas überzogen, doch als Cobain dann auch noch einige Vaselines-Songs coverte, war ihr Weg in die Köpfe unzähliger Nirvana-Fans geebnet.

Und deshalb wird so mancher Freund des Undergrounds aufgehorcht haben, als er dieser Tage von Sex With An X und der endgültigen (?) Rückkehr des Garagen-Pop-Duos erfuhr. "Twenty years in the making..." heißt es über das gute Stück in der Bandinfo von Heimatlabel Sub-Pop und diese zwanzig Jahre sind tatsächlich hörbar. Denn nicht nur der grungige "Charme" des endachziger bzw. frühneunziger Garagenrocks gibt sich die Ehre eines authentischen Revivals, sondern auch ebensolcher gespickt mit den Einflüssen aus garagigem 90er und 00er Indie-Pop.
Lemonheads und Teenage Fanclub lassen grüßen und einen deutlichen Eindruck auf The Vaselines' zweiter Scheibe zurück.
Über diese Mischung spannt sich die Eigenständigkeit einer Band aus vergangenen wie frisch angebrochenen Tagen und beschert uns beinahe zwei Hände voll cooler, abgeklärter Rock-Songs. Abgeklärt auch deshalb, weil sich in all den Jahren eine Menge Erfahrungen den schon bestehenden hinzugesellt haben und auditive Betrachtungen zwischenmenschlicher Beziehungen und der Szene nicht ohne die angemessene Portion Ironie und das eine oder andere Augenzwinkern auskommen. So wird in I Hate The 80s (eine der Perlen) mal eben arschcool mit der nicht enden wollenden Romantisierung der 80er-Jahre abgerechnet.
Musikalisch geht es erwartungsgemäß unkompliziert vonstatten. Bei den besagten rund zwei Händen voll Songs funktioniert alles wunderbar. Auch jedes Duett ist fast immer eine Bereicherung.  
Beim Rest des Albums kommt die vom Zeitgeist aufgestempelte Grunge-Monotonie dagegen einmal zu oft durch und wird ganz schnell zur Geschmacksache. Doch auch dieser musikalische Ursprung hat sich seinen Platz auf Sex With An X verdient.

Fakt ist, dass keines der Vaselines-Releases und auch keines der Nachfolgeprojekte von Frances McKee oder Eugene Kelly je wirklich kommerziell erfolgreich gewesen ist. Und es ist gut, dass ihr neues Album keine Anstalten macht etwas an diesem Umstand zu verändern. Pfeiff' auf das, was damals war. Pfeiff' auf das, was kommt. Bleiben sie eben der nicht ganz so geheime Geheimtipp.

Tracklist:
  1. Ruined
  2. Sex With An X
  3. The Devil's Inside Me
  4. Such A Fool
  5. Turning It On
  6. Overweight But Over You
  7. Poison Pen
  8. I Hate The 80s
  9. Mouth To Mouth
  10. Whitechapel
  11. My God's Bigger Than Your God
  12. Exit The Vaselines
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