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Heaven

The Walkmen

Heaven

LabelFat Possum
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum1.6.2012

"I don't need perfection, I love the hole, give me the life that needs correction, nobody loves perfection." Es sind erst wenige Sekunden des neuen Albums Heaven der New Yorker Indie-Institution The Walkmen vergangen, und schon ist man sich wieder bewusst, warum einst die Liebe zu dieser Band erblüht ist. Anfangs noch ein wenig verhuscht, mit Doo-Wop-Chor im Hintergrund, baut sich We Can't Be Beat auf. Nach fast drei Minuten gesellen sich alle Bandmitglieder zu ihrem Frontmann Hamilton Leithauser und kommen dieser Perfektion, die sie kritisch beäugen, erneut gefährlich nahe.

Und überhaupt, diese Texte. "Tell me again how you loved all the men you were after." (Southern Heart) "I sing myself sick, I sing myself sick, I sing myself sick about you" (Song For Leigh) Gut, dass die New Yorker keine Emocore-Band sind, bei denen sich die Fans ständig nette Zeilen auf diverse Körperteile stechen lassen. Alleine für Heaven müssten sie bei den Burgerrestaurants dieser Welt immer die XXL-Variante bestellen, um sich doch noch ein bisschen mehr Haut zu erschleichen.

Leithauser, - der Bob Dylan, der singen kann - und seine vier Mitstreiter befinden sich inzwischen im zwölften Bandjahr. Heaven ist ihr sechstes Album. Und nach You & Me und Lisbon ist es der nächste Volltreffer in einem Indiegenre, das nur noch aus ihnen besteht. Von Vergleichen haben sie sich längst befreit. Die Könige des Midtempo machen auf der neuen Platte unbeirrt weiter, und legen nur partiell die Wasserwaage an. Vor allem ist Heaven schneller erhörbar, ohne dass es dem Hörer zu leicht gemacht werden würde. Nach dem Opener ziehen sie langsam das Tempo an, was in Heartbreaker mündet, einer zackigen Hymne, die The Walkmen auf die Tanzfläche befördert. Line by Line und Nightingales drosseln das Tempo, sind reduziert mit wahlweise E- oder Akustikgitarre: wundervolle zerbrechliche Schönheiten, Feinkost für die Seele.

Der Trip durch die frühen Jahre des Rock und Pop macht kurz Halt im Blues (Jerry Jr's Tune) und mündet in dem verschleppten No One Ever Sleeps und dem umarmenden Dreamboat. „I left you a million times“, singt Leithauser dort. Das darf er, aber nur, wenn er und seine Kollegen auch wieder zu uns zurückkommt.

Tracklist:
  1. We Can't Be Beat
  2. Love Is Luck
  3. Heartbreaker
  4. The Witch
  5. Southern Heart
  6. Line By Line
  7. Song For Leigh
  8. Nightingales
  9. Jerry Jr's Tune
  10. The Love You Love
  11. Heaven
  12. No One Ever Sleeps
  13. Dreamboat
Highlights:

Heartbreaker, Line By Line, Dreamboat

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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