Sonntag, 4. Dezember 2011

Luke Haines - Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s



















Nahezu unbemerkt veröffentlichte Luke Haines dieser Tage sein aktuelles Album "Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s". Und zumindest bei den kuriosesten Plattentiteln ist Haines dieses Jahr damit ganz weit vorne. Der Spitzenplatz bei den Konzeptalben, denn dieses dreht sich tatsächlich um britische Wrestler, dürfte ihm auch nicht so leicht zu nehmen sein. In Ermangelung an Konkurrenz dürfte er auch im Bereich der bildenden Künste in der Kategorie Gemälde von Wrestling-Stars nicht zu toppen sein. Und dann wäre für Haines auch noch eine Spitzenposition bei den schreibenden Rockstars zu verbuchen, da bereits im Sommer mit "Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll" der lang erwartete Nachfolger zu seinem Debüt-Roman "Bad Vibes" erschienen war. Nur bei der Musik muss man vermutlich ein wahrer Haines-Jünger sein, um von dieser Platte begeistert zu sein. Und zumindest im englischsprachigen Raum gibt es deren viele und daher lasse ich sie auch hier zu Wort kommen:
It is an old fashioned album in other ways, it is a 10 song cycle that works brilliantly when listened to in one sitting. That isn’t to say that individuals songs don’t work on their own but the whole album experience is when it hits near perfection. In an age where single track downloads become more and more common this is as much of a nostalgic relic as the British wrestling scene recorded in the album’s songs.

Musically it covers themes that will be familiar to anyone who has listened to Haine’s previous output, and carries on where 21st Century Man left off. On the glam rock stomp of ‘Linda’s Head’ Haines sounds eerilylike a sinister Marc Bolan. The synth pop of ‘Big Daddy Got A Casio VL-Tone’ tells the brilliant imagined story of the man himself trying out his musical ideas on the synthesiser of the title.

I have to admit that I came to this album with a positive frame of mind. I love a lot of Luke Haine’s previous work, and the subject matter appealed to me enormously. Even taking that into account I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed the album and it is possibly my most repeated album of the year in a very short period of time. Witty, concise, well executed and completely unlike any other album I’ve heard this year. This isn’t just one of the best albums by a British artist that has been released this year, it is also one of the best albums by an artists with a pretty impressive back catalogue.
(neonfiller.com)




Despite a less pronounced bite, Haines’ oddness and peerless songwriting prowess haven’t weakened. Just give something like “Inside the Restless Mind of Rollerboy Rocco” one listen and try not to be hoodwinked by its chorus, which makes gold out of an assertion of bad cafeteria food. Likewise, give “Big Daddy Got a Casio VL-Tone” a spin and try your darndest not to spend the rest of the day pondering the song’s ticky oddness.

Vocally, Haines’ delivery still feels like the aural equivalent of a pillow wrapped in barbed wire, but enough listening to the man makes one realize that there is no more appropriate method of singing. Like the spectacle of wrestling itself, the air of theatricality is undeniably present. As brilliant a persona as Haines’ curmudgeonly dandy one is, it is hard to believe a father and husband can maintain such an image 24/7. For all his railing against music critics in his autobiographies – Bad Vibes and Post Everything – Haines communicates with plenty of journalists via Twitter, after all. While not the first place to begin en route to a life as a Haines convert, Nine and a Half … assures us long-time fans that he is as masterful a subverter as ever.
(popmatters.com)


Hier gibt es noch ein 40 minütiges Konzert von Luke Haines vom Januar 2011 und dort den legalen Download eines Konzertes aus den Zeiten von The Auteurs (November 1999):


3 Kommentare:

Dirk hat gesagt…

Der November und Olivers dazugehörige Playliste (siehe rechts: Hören, worüber wir schreiben) liefern eher unbekannte Namen wie Flashguns, We Are Augustines, Serenades oder Dillon. Es gibt also viel zu entdecken!

aXel hat gesagt…

Da es hier üblich ist, frühere Verdienste in die Note mit einfließen zu lassen: doch noch 5 Punkte...

Dirk hat gesagt…

Eigentlich besser als seine bisherigen Soloalben.

7 Punkte