Die erste Vorladung (III)
Metacritic steht aktuell bei 63/100 Punkten bei 8 berücksichtigten Kritiken.
Where their debut sounded a little tentative in spots, songs like the rambunctious opener "Pull My Arm" and the thudding "How Do You Do" feel like the bandmembers know exactly what they are after and they don't stumble in pursuit. The best moments are those when the pounding drums and fuzzed-out guitars capture Kenedy's vocals and they all work together to create a monochromatic swirl of sound. The girl group-inspired "Bitter Pill" is one example of how good they sound when they hit this sonic sweet spot; "My Only Friend" is another. The album works well when they slow the tempo down to an ominous crawl, too; "Bathroom Sink" is a powerful noise pop ballad that sounds like Henry's Dress slowed down a speed or two. It's definitely an avenue the band could explore more in the future. As for now, on Everybody's Dying to Meet You, the trio sounds like a worthy heir to the classic noise pop sound and the genre's best bands, like Shop Assistants and Tiger Trap.
The band’s essential ingredients – Rachael Kennedy’s soaring, Elizabeth Fraser-esque vocals, Sam Ayres’ dense, FX-layered guitars and drummer Jordan Hockley’s insistent, Mo Tucker-ish pounding – are still integral to the mix, but this time round the melodies have been allowed to breathe and the hooks sharpened to snag the wider populace.
Proceedings kick off with Pull My Arm, by some way Flowers’ most infectious set piece to date and the track here most begging for deliverance via daytime radio. Nothing else that follows is quite so seductive, though All At Once and Bitter Pill are both exhilarating, Shop Assistants-esque sugar rushes, while ambitious fare such as the slow-burning Intrusive Thoughts and the edgy, synth-shadowed Russian Doll suggest that this idealistic young bunch are germinating very nicely indeed.
A sophomore effort must necessarily improve upon its predecessor for a band to have any hope of expanding their fan base, and Flowers is smart enough to have built on and around their previous work creating songs that are both more accessible and more ambitious. These are tracks that have the ability to win over those who wrote off Rachel Kenedy’s vocals from the first album: it’s a step forward for weird-voiced frontwomen all over. Released smack dab in the middle of the bleakest month of the year, Everybody’s Dying to Meet You is refreshingly bright and warm, a glimpse of the upcoming spring in which Flowers’ tracks will really bloom.
Indizien und Beweismittel:
06.10.16 Köln, Tsunami (ohne Gewähr)
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