• Meilyr Jones - 2013

    Jake Shillingford, bist du es? Und ist das etwa die Rückkehr von My Life Story, die vor rund 20 Jahren mit einer Mixtur aus orchestralem Kammerpop und theatralischem New Romantics-Pop begeistern konnten und im Britpop-Rausch viel mehr Fans hätten finden müssen?

    Jein. Denn hinter "2013" steckt Meilyr Jones, der mit seinem 30-köpfigen Orchester jedoch eindeutig auf Shillingfords Spuren wandelt. Dem Solo-Debüt des ehemaligen Sängers der walisischen Band Race Horses, der zwischenzeitlich auch mit Neon Neon, Euros Childs, Stealing Sheep und Cate Le Bon musizierte, gingen bereits die Singles "Refugees", "Don Juan" und "How To Recognize A Work Of Art" voran und nun folgen zu Recht viele gute Kritiken für das über Moshi Moshi veröffentlichte "2013". 
    Fans von My Life Story, The Divine Comedy, Morrissey, Gruff Rhys und Gorkys Zygotic Mynci ausdrücklich empfohlen!

    There are two key reasons to fall in love with 2013. Firstly, it has an irresistible love of music, be that of the pop or classical form but secondly, and most importantly, it’s a record that as a body of work is one of the most exhilarating and emotional released so far this year.

    2013 is as much an adventure story, autobiography, romantic poem and a classical opus as it is a pop record. But what makes it so convincing comes down to Jones’s passion. Every note of the record convinces you that the Welshman believes 100% that he’s on the right path, which, of course he is. A classical pop crossover has never sounded as good.
    (The Line Of Best Fit)

    Don Juan hints at Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain with an oriental twist. Passionate Friend is a darkly introspective jaunt with lyrics such as “what is this thing, this thing to which my darkness clings”. It juxtaposes a bouncy melody with brooding lyrics, blending both together seamlessly and bringing out the manic intensity of each.

    Rome feels like being ushered into a medieval court with the use of the harp and flute, accompanied by his dulcet choral range. This is continued in The Rain in Rome, which captures exactly this choral connection and creates something beautiful – music out of nature.

    If one were to liken Jones to anyone, it would be Kate Bush. There are some similarities in their sounds, but it is more the awkward abandon with which he embraces every song that they share. It feels as though we are getting a peek into the inner workings of a cluttered yet focused mind that is always one step ahead. There are grand ideas as he bounces disconnectedly between instruments; he does away with timescales and jumbles them all together in a way that is oddly soothing.

    Ultimately, to compare Jones with anyone or anything happening in music at the moment does him a disservice. This is a bold album that feels like a genuine outpouring of emotion. He pits old and new against one another in a unique manner and demands that the audience take their own journey, rather than simply being led.
    (The Upcoming)

  • 4 Kommentare:

    Olly Golightly hat gesagt…

    8,5 Punkte

    Dirk hat gesagt…

    Gefällt mir richtig gut. 8 Punkte

    Volker hat gesagt…

    Guter Ansatz, im Endeffekt dann zu selten der My Life Story Pop und zu oft der selbstverliebte Art-Pop von The Divine Comedy. Dabei für meinen Geschmack auch etwas zu "dünn" produziert. Wie kommt es eigentlich, dass hier nirgends Smoke On The Water erwähnt wird?

    Ingo hat gesagt…

    6 Punkte

    Die 10 besten Alben von The Beatles

    10. Beatles For Sale (1964)
    9. Let It Be (1970)
    8. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
    7. Help! (1965)
    6. The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
    5. Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
    4. Rubber Soul (1965)
    3. Abbey Road (1969)
    2. Revolver (1966)
    1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    (ausgewählt von Dirk)