• Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead

    Bereits die zweite Vorladung wurde dieser Tage an Rah Rah überstellt. Denn nach "Breaking Hearts" (2010) müssen sie sich nun auch für "The Poet's Dead" vor Gericht verantworten. 
    Bei der Urteilsverkündung kam der Vorgänger auf stolze 7,333 Punkte im Schnitt, erreichte damit Platz 47 in den Jahrescharts und erhielt eine Liebesbekundung von Christoph. 

    Das kanadische Septett (Erin Passmore, Marshall Burns, Joel Passmore, Kistina Hedlund, Leif Thorseth, Dan Crozier, Jeffrey Romanyk) stammt aus Regina, Sasketchewan, und scheint ein Bandmitglied verloren zu haben, denn auf aktuellen Bandfotos posieren 2 Damen und 4 Herren. 
    "The Poet's Dead", das dritte Album von Rah Rah, wurde im Herbst 2011 mit den Produzenten Gus Van Go und Werner F (The Stills) aufgenommen und liefert erneut überdrehten Indierock. Bei Konzerten von Rah Rah arbeiten die Konfettikanonen auf Hochtouren und man kann sich bestens vorstellen, wie sie im Papierschnipselregen zu "Art & A Wife", einer Kreuzung zwischen Arcade Fire und Neil Young, oder "Prairie Girl" über die Bühne springen.

    The album will no doubt be labeled as “mature”. And, pigeon-holing notwithstanding, it’s pretty much true – Rah Rah have grown into their sound, not out of it. Still, no matter how many suits and ties and formal gowns that band chooses to wear in their press photos, that sense of afternoon adventure club has not been lost.
    The focus of the music is still rooted between deeply layered driving indie pop and orchestral noodling, all the while keeping things fun and bouncy.
    Lead track “Art & a Wife”, whether they meant it or not, is a coming-of-age anthem for Rah Rah. Slightly goofy with rhyming lyrics, the song details the rise of the band amidst all the obligatory behavior of touring and drinking and now having a burning itch to settle down.
    You and me both buddy.
    Additionally, the packaging itself is a testament to a band that got their shit together. The Poet’s Dead is an excellent follow up to the band’s previous work and is hopefully a sign for more greatness, and tasteful growing up, to come.

    The Poet’s Dead is a loose concept album about why each member loves being a musician. The album’s opening track and lead single, “Art & a Wife” is basically the life story of Marshall Burns as a musician. He sings about his early years playing guitar simply because he had a guitar then developing that interest into an actual art. While the song occasionally inartfully states things (ie. “then I got a band/we drove around in a van/we played some shows, made some fans/we crushed a few cans/we drove around in a van”), it’s catchy chorus and joyous vibe makes it an album highlight.
    Another of the album’s highlights, “20s” is about the plight of being an aging musician. Music is a young person’s game and singer, Kristina Hedlund knows it. She sings in the song’s chorus “I spent my twenties on rock ‘n’ roll/I’ll spend my 30s feeling old.” Although the song hints that she is currently in her twenties, it shows that she expects to still be making music in her thirties, even if she risks being out of place.
    It is that type of commitment to art that is expressed throughout the album. It becomes fun to listen to a band that wants to sing about how much they like being in a band. By only singing about music, Rah Rah makes an album that is as joyous as it is catchy. Although it probably will not go platinum, The Poet’s Dead‘s catchy choruses and well-written lyrics will certainly resonate with many listeners. Mission accomplished Rah Rah.
    (Surviving the Golden Age)

  • 2 Kommentare:

    Ingo hat gesagt…

    7 Punkte

    Dirk hat gesagt…

    Ein überzeugendes, abwechslungsreiches Album.

    7,5 Punkte

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    8. 3121 (2006)
    7. 1999 (1982)
    6. The Gold Experience (1995)
    5. Dirty Mind (1980)
    4. Sign O' The Times (1987)
    3. Parade (1986)
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    (ausgewählt von Volker)