Im Vorfeld baute er aus den gesammelten Gegenständen ("555 bottles of shampoo or shower gel, 28 sewing kits, 22 razors, 26 packets of shoe polish, 36 toothbrushes or paste, 121 shower caps and eight sanitary bags, 27 combs or brushes, five pairs of slippers, 13 nail files, one badge, one bottle of olive oil and two keys") das Modell eines Hotels, in dem Rhys auch eine Nacht verbrachte und das derzeit im Chapter Arts Center in Cardiff ausgestellt ist ("a monument to the waste that's produced in our disposable age and to catalogue my transient existence").
Sehenswert ist das dazugehörige Video:
"Shark Ridden Waters" Video
"Sensations In The Dark" Video
Rhys's third and best solo effort may be his most classically (and accessibly) pop. Points of reference include the Church of Brian Wilson ("Honey All Over"), French-horn-fueled Bacharachisms ("Take a Sentence"), and Zombies chamber pop ("Vitamin K"). For good measure, "Shark Ridden Waters" samples the Cyrkle's cover of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," a Bacharach chestnut. Rhys has never been more infectious than he is on the horn-driven "Sensations in the Dark." "At the Heart of Love" boasts one of his most beautiful melodies, and "Christopher Columbus" and "Patterns of Power" give credence to neo-go-go and neo-psych, respectively. Perhaps Damon Albarn is the only songwriter from last century's Britpop posse who continues to rival Rhys in the font-of-creativity department. Yet Rhys is the ex-Britpopper making music that doesn't sound like dreary London fog - and as any New Englander reeling from a long hard winter's ass kick will tell you, that's an advantageous distinction.
(The Boston Phoenix)
Die Türen des "Hotel Shampoo" öffnen sich:
08.03.11 Frankfurt, Brotfabrik
09.03.11 Schorndorf, Manufaktur
14.03.11 Köln, Gebäude 9
15.03.11 Hamburg, Imperial Theater