Die erste Vorladung (II)
Metacritic steht aktuell bei 66/100 Punkten bei 14 berücksichtigten Kritiken.
Music For Listening To Music To is a record that sounds simultaneously old-fashioned and modern, a delightful reminder of ‘that’s how it used to be done’ but ultimately a modern country album charged with electric guitars, a love of jangle and a showcase of Goodman’s glorious singing. But most importantly, it’s a gorgeous collection of timeless songs.
While the band's newfound twang is well suited to Goodman's voice, it often plays second fiddle to the record's arrangements. Adams gives Wisenbaker's arpeggiated guitars an equal spotlight to Goodman's vocals, essentially making them fight for space. Nowhere is this more apparent than on "One True Love," on which the couple trade verses, Wisenbaker mumbling, Goodman singing at the top of her range, and yet the listener's main takeaway is the Johnny Marr-esque guitar hook, whose grip is fully loosened by the time the next track rolls around. That problem is repeated across the album's ten tracks — even after a half dozen spins, it's hard to recall a single hook.
Without Goodman's unique artistic voice anchoring and guiding the proceedings, Music for Listening to Music To feels set adrift, done in not by its makers' stylistic diversions, but by their unwillingness to give the album a proper focal point.
At the very least, the album is a sign that La Sera are making a move away from punk side project to something more sustainable. Hopefully, as Goodman approaches a more folk-infused sound and leaves behind some of her sea-breeze punk roots, the rebellious heart will remain central in her music. Music for Listening to Music To is also subject to some of La Sera’s usual pitfalls, and ultimately is a bit lacking in variety. Yet as the band digs deeper into the foundation of their sound, this album points to them finding more gold in the future. In every sense, this is a smart, confident step forward for La Sera.
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