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|2. Deine Stimme
|3. Sonne Geht Auf
|4. Grid Locked feat.
Snaz & Remarkable
|5. My Own World
|6. Gib Mir Mut feat.
|7. Sweet Memories
|9. Jenseits Von Eben
|10. Never Been Broke
|11. Old To The New
feat. Stir M, Layguuan Sharkie
|12. Die Lauten Stinken
|14. Master Girl
Da Nich Mit
|16. Text Und Ton
|17. Migrant Souls
feat. Layguuan Sharkie, Metaphysics
|18. Auf Und Ab
With a continuing tic-tac
of an alarm clock, this album starts. And as an exception,
you'll be listening to this with pleasure, because this
"Intro" makes tired
ears listen up. In contrast to the many smoothed out
musical entries heard elsewhere, this here starts right
from the bat. There's no holding back of broad groves
and flowing raps and only the shortness of the track
lets you assume that this is the "Intro".
On the second cut "Deine Stimme",
the record is shifting a gear down, but despite the
slow beat, the flow gives it a dynamic goodness. Further
to note is also the long chorus.
This is followed by
another smooth number. With jazzy sounds, and the soulful
chorus on "Sonne Geht Auf",
one immediately feels transported into the 'Sunday-Morning-Breakfast-Advertisement'
of Schwartau Extra [a German jam / marmalade company].
Towards the end, the chorus then is getting a little
But who thought that
he can cozily withdraw back to bed, was quite wrong.
"Grid Locked" is
another fat track, that is everything else but tiresome.
As featured guests, we get Snaz and Remarkable. "My
Own World" then is a Acid-Jazz-Remix-Interlude.
And some like Interludes better than others, that's
just the way it is.
Mir Mut" is another quiet
cut. The combination of the acoustic guitar and the
beast is a little strongly resembling a Freundeskreis
[another German hip hop group] composition. Fat samples
then announce in advance what we can expect on "Sweet
Memories": battles! And for all those that
never had the pleasure to hear it, this is how it sounds
like when men urinate standing up, and soil the toilet
seat. "Kaffee" then
allows two different opinions about it. And why the
coffee was so sweet and made so sad can quite possibly
be only explained by Helge Schneider [a German comedian]...
The chill out interlude "Jenseits
Von Eben" however, gives us one minute to
think about it. And the following "Never
Been Broke" is the our-reason-to-make-hip-hop
track on this album.
Trumpet sounds of the
Miles Davis kind and soft accords are making up the
background of the jazzy number that "Old
To The New" is. Here the topic is self critically
thinking about the reason for life and about the lack
of respect for the old and older school.
Lauten Stinken Nicht" seems
to end in the desperate attmpt to create a funk guitar
riff. After half the track though, the cut changes into
a barbecue party reggae something: 'take your time'
is the topic and the artist seem to have an infinite
amount of that. The fight against anything hectic is
continued on "Sag
Mir Wo". The search is on to find a place
of quietness, that is said to be found at home. But
where is that 'home'?
The melody of "Master
Girl" will provoke medieval feelings, wouldn't
there be the modern beats that complete the interlude.
Da Nich Mit" is an anti-diss
track. With a simple melody and with ragga beats, this
laments about dissing and towards the end, a finger
against violence is raised. "Text
Und Ton", the title track of the album, seems
to be more Ton [sound] (in relation to Sonic Youth!],
than Text (hmm, yes, where is it?).
(leaning towards the esoteric) things get on "Migrant
Souls". Reggae, a choir and a xylophone are
making up the most important musical bricks of the track.
And at the end we get a groovy Blues-Funk track with
"Auf Und Ab". Like
a Yo-yo: at one time things are good, then bad, it's
just important to not give up and continue on.
With the album "Text
Und Ton", Clueso was able to give a good debut. As you
might have been able to tell from the review, what is
to point out here, are the sounds. And quite often,
real instruments are picked up too. This doesn't really
allow the feeling of monotony to come up. On a contrary:
the instruments give the tracks a personal profile,
that is enriched with interchanged and well used effects
and cuts. This pushes the rhymes somewhat into the background.
That would have been less the case, if they'd come straighter
and less carried by the melody. In my opinion, this
melts the flow and the music too much into each other.
And the content of the lyrics could also be more humorous
and fine tuned. The skills to use the language are obviously
there, but a certain feel of diplomatic indirect political
correctness is still ringing throughout this. Furthermore,
the closeness of "Text Und Ton" to the Four Music label
is evident. The rhymes seem to be pointing towards Blumentopf,
the smooth grooves towards Freundeskreis and the usage
of real instruments is pointing towards Die Fantastischen
Vier. Thomas Hübner alias Clueso nevertheless gives
us a relaxing showing up with "Text Und Ton", that is
able to stand out. And so we can look forward to all
things coming up.