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Balletesque

The Young Republic

Balletesque

LabelEnd Of The Road Records
VertriebCargo Records
VÖ-Datum13.11.2009

Das Rad lässt sich eben nicht leicht neu erfinden. Wenn man aber den neuesten Streich von Stuart Sikes, Mischer von den White Stripes, Cat Power und Modest Mouse hört, da klingt alles sehr bekannt, aber in der Mixtur derartig erfrischend, dass man fast denken mag, man habe es mit etwas völlig neuem zu tun. Der Streich nennt sich The Young Republic und tritt in Form ihres zweiten Albums auf: Balletesque.

Die Band aus Tennessee schafft es, zu zitieren ohne dabei nach Zitat zu klingen. Eine bunte Mischung aus rotzig kratzigen Gitarren, herb unterkühlten Streichern und der messerscharfen Stimme des Frontanns Julian Saporiti. Munter wird von Belle und Sebastian über Arcade Fire bis zu den Sikes-Jüngern The White Stripes zitiert. Der unüberladene Mix verschafft jedoch einen schnellen Zugang zu den eingängigen Songs, die wohl zu kantig für das Radio sind, dennoch rund genug, um schnell ins Ohr zu gehen und um dort zu verweilen. Auch ein Akkordeon ist zu hören, wie der alte Mann auf dem Cover, der über seinem Akkordeon ruht, zu versprechen mag. Doch ein Folkloreepos á la Beirut bleibt aus.

Textlich bewegen sich die Songs zwischen Händlern, Schmugglern, Predigern und Geächteten, phantasievolle Geschichten um die amerikanische Welanschauung, verkettet mit Themen wie Verrat und Verlust. "The Sun" spricht von Vintage Pop und trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf. Doch jenseits aller Genres steht dann doch wieder die Musik und lässt sich in diesem Falle gerne weiterempfehlen. Stuart Sikes ist seinem rohen Sound treu geblieben und hat der jungen Band The Young Republic zu einem äusserst hörenswerten Album verholfen.

Tracklist:
  1. Introduction
  2. The Alchemist
  3. Black Duck Blues
  4. Napoleon Roses
  5. Rose Parade
  6. Sam Clemens
  7. Balletesque
  8. The Wolf
  9. Bows In Your Arms
  10. Tidal Wave
  11. Autumn's In The Trees
  12. Tough Year (Hard Waltz)
Highlights:

The Alchemist, Balletesque, Napoleon Roses

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