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Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes

Sound & Color

LabelRough Trade / Beggars Group
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum17.4.2015

Dafür, dass Präsidenten mit ihren Entscheidungen nicht immer eine gute Wahl treffen, gibt es Beispiele zur Genüge. Das gilt nicht nur für ungeliebte Despoten, sondern auch selbst für anfänglich so umjubelte Staatslenker-Hoffnungen wie Barack Obama. Der kann allerdings für sich in Anspruch nehmen - in musikalischer Hinsicht - eine Entscheidung getroffen zu haben, die auf jeden Fall goldrichtig und über Zweifel erhaben war: Alabama Shakes für ein Wunschkonzert ins Weiße Haus einzuladen.

Die für drei Grammys nominierte Band hatte 2012 einen fulminanten Einstand mit ihrem Album Boys & Girls geliefert und nicht nur Obamas Residenz in Schwingung versetzt. Alabama Shakes galten als eine der Entdeckungen des Jahres. Jetzt stehen sie mit Sound & Color in der Startlöchern - und die Erwartungen an das außergewöhnliche Quartett sind nicht gerade gering.

Eye- und Ear-Catcher der Band aus Athens, Alabama ist Front-Frau Brittany Howard. Die kommt schon rein äußerlich nicht wie ein Pop-Püppchen daher und das gilt umso mehr für ihre Stimme. Vergleiche mit Janis Joplin oder Nina Simone drängen sich auf; und selbst Erinnerungen an Prince werden in den Momenten geweckt, in denen sich Howards Stimme zu überschlagen scheint. Und doch ist sie weit davon entfernt, auch nur den Anschein zu erwecken, eine Art Kopie dieser Idole darzustellen. Sie ist absolut authentisch und mit den vielen Nuancen, die Howard ihrer Stimme zu entlocken vermag und mit denen sie ein schallendes Farbenspiel zaubert, dürfte sie all den ganzen Möchtegern-Sängerinnern mit künstlich antrainierten Soul-Phrasierungen die Schamesröte ins Gesicht treiben.

So unverfälscht Howard ist, so pur sind Alabama Shakes als ganze Band. Hier verschmelzen Kraft und Präzision. Rockig und doch fein akzentuiert sowie unglaublich stark und doch fast zerbrechlich bringt die Band aus Alabama ihre Songs auf den Punkt. Was sich auf Sound & Color zwischen Blues und (Südstaaten-) Rock, etwas Punk und Psychedelic-Einschlag abspielt, zieht absolut in den Bann. Die gern gezogenen Vergleiche mit The Black Keys passen in gewisser Weise; allerdings muss man sich deren Lofi-Sound und fehlende Akkuratesse in jedem Fall wegdenken.

Sound & Color ist ein Lehrstück auf gesanglicher wie musikalischer Ebene - insbesondere auch, was die Dynamik anbelangt - und selbst die Aufnahme sticht hervor; es ist, als wäre man zum persönlichen Besuch im Studio eingeladen. Das zweite Werk der Band aus Alabama ist eine Steigerung zum ohnehin schon beachtlichen Debüt-Album und hebt sie selber auf ein neues Level. Und so gilt auch für Nicht-Präsidenten: Albama Shakes’ Album Sound & Color ist eine der besten Entscheidungen, die man treffen kann.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Sound & Color
  2. Don't Wanna Fight
  3. Dunes
  4. Future People
  5. Gimme All Your Love
  6. This Feeling
  7. Guess Who
  8. The Greatest
  9. Shoegaze
  10. Miss You
  11. Gemini
  12. Over My Head
Highlights:

Sound & Color, Don't Wanna Fight, Future People

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