On Big Music, their own sound has had a makeover, too, combining huge synth lines with similarly gargantuan drums. Opener Blindfolded sums up what they seem to be aiming for on Big Music: epic songwriting. Everything is over the top, from the name of the album and Kerr’s lyrics to a sonic palate that screams arena tour. The OTT approach works, as well, with the first three songs (Blindfolded, Midnight Walking, Honest Town) sounding like great pop. There are moments when the approach starts to wane – Kill or Cure sounds like it’s come straight from the 80s rather than 2014 – but by the time closer Spirited Away kicks in, the band have managed to craft an album of pop that’s both true to their sound and interesting enough to give it a contemporary edge.
Im Frühjahr 2010 erwog die Band sogar die Veröffentlichung eines Doppelalbums.
The happy consequence of their decades in the wilderness is that their 16th album finds them still sounding hungry for success. 55-year-old Kerr may look more like a roadie than a rock star these days, but his vocals are lean and lupine. You can almost see the panting ribcage of the outsider’s melancholy that always underlies the exhilaration of the pumped-out beats of Charlie Burchill’s guitar. High point Honest Town, gives a slick, new-Millennial pulse to all the retro heartache. But title track Big Music is a wince-inducing reminder of naff, leather-trousered bombast.
20.02.2015 Bremen, Pier 2
21.02.2015 Lingen (Ems), EmslandArena
23.02.2015 Stuttgart, Theaterhaus
24.02.2015 Köln, Palladium
27.02.2015 Münster, Jovel Music Hall
28.02.2015 Olsberg, Konzerthalle Olsberg
03.03.2015 Kassel, Kongress Palais – Stadthalle
04.03.2015 Wiesbaden, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
06.03.2015 Leipzig, Haus Auensee
07.03.2015 Karlsruhe, Tollhaus
08.03.2015 München, Tonhalle