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Cosmic Egg

Wolfmother

Cosmic Egg

LabelUniversal
VertriebUniversal
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Im Jahre 2005 schneite eine Vier-Song-EP einer bis dahin unbekannten Band aus Australien namens Wolfmother in die Redaktion. Bei einem einfachen kurzen Antesten blieb es nicht, denn völlig unvermittelt rauschte der 70s-Rock-Kracher Dimension durch die Boxen und infizierte direkt - Inkubationszeit Fehlanzeige. Diese teuflische Melange aus Black Sabbath und Led Zeppelin sollte der Appetizer auf das Debüt-Album werden und die Spannung steigern. Das schaffte die EP deutlich und das Album schlug ein wie eine Bombe.

Der Erfolg dieser Retro-Band war immens und ihre Shows wurden schnell zu Publikumsmagneten. Der Ruf als hervorragende Live-Band erspielten sich Sänger und Gitarrist Andrew Stockdale und Drummer Myles Heskett in dem sie für souveräne Bühnenpräsenz sorgten und Bassist und Keyboarder Chris Ross wirbelte wie ein Beserker auf/mit/an seinen Instrumenten. Nachdem Chriss Ross und Myles Heskett die Band aufgrund "unüberbrückbarer persönlicher und musikalischer Differenzen" die Band verließen, stockte Mr. Stockdale die Band auf Quartettgröße hoch und hat in Ian Peres, Dave Acosta und Aiden Nemeth seine idealen Weggefährten gefunden, um seine Ideen zu verwirklichen.

Auch wenn Robert Plant und seine Led Zeppelin immer noch hörbar als Paten Stockdales dienen, sind die Klänge Black Sabbath deutlich mehr in den "neuen" Sound mit eingeflossen, denn Wolfmother bauen nun auf deutlich dickere Gitarren als noch auf dem Debüt. Doch so richtig zünden will das Werk trotzdem nur stellenweise und die Co-Writer Ross und Myles werden zeitweise arg vermisst. Dabei startet Cosmic Egg mit dem Opener California Queen brilliant und wuchtig und zeigt, wie Wolfmother in neuer Besetzung auch klingen können. Und auch White Feather kitzelt mit gewissem Feeling der Legende Free gar einen Stadion tauglichen Chorus aus Wolfmother heraus und was die Single New Moon mit aller Kraft und Ram Jam-Einschüben an Eingängigkeit erreichen will, schafft White Feather mit buchstäblicher Leichtigkeit.

Schwierig wird es dann, wenn Wolfmother sich an die Songeigenarten der Beatles wagen, wie In The Morning und Far Away. Dann erlebt Cosmic Egg die schwärzesten Momente der Offenbarung. Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten! Es ist Wolfmother wohl kaum vorzuwerfen, sich im Retro-Sound vergangener Tage zu baden, doch die Genregrenzen des 70s-Rock sollten auch sie - nur zu ihrem Vorteil - einhalten.

Auch wenn Andrew Stockdale und seine Neo-Wolfmother den 70s-Sound immer noch perfekt verkörpern, fehlen diese übermäßig packenden Momente des Vorgängers. Stockdale fehlen hörbar die Streiter um die korrekte Songführung, die Co-Autoren, diejenigen, die seinen Horizont auf kluge Art und Weise vollenden. Vielleicht lässt er beim nächsten Album seine neuen Kollegen mit ans Werk.

Tracklist:
  1. California Queen
  2. New Moon
  3. White Feather
  4. Sundial
  5. In The Morning
  6. 10,000 Feet
  7. Cosmic Egg
  8. Far Away
  9. Pilgrim
  10. In The Castle
  11. Phoenix
  12. Violence Of The Sun
Highlights:

California Queen, White Feather

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