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Der amerikanische ROLLING STONE hat gewählt: die 50 besten Alben 2014

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“Es gibt 2014 kein größeres Album – was die Überraschung angeht, die Offenheit als auch die Kontroverse um das Werk an sich”. So urteilen die amerikanischen Kollegen vom ROLLING STONE über die Platte, die sie auf Platz eins ihrer Jahresbestenliste gewählt haben: “Songs Of Innocence” von U2. Wir zeigen die Top 20 der 50 Alben in der Galerie.

Unsere eigene Liste der 25 besten Alben 2014 finden Sie in der Ausgabe 1/2015, erhältlich ab dem 18. Dezember 2014.

Die Begründung für Platz eins der US-Kollegen im Wortlaut:

1. U2: ‘Songs of Innocence’.

There was no bigger album of 2014 – in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy. Songs of Innocence is also the rebirth of the year. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin. This is personal history with details. In the furiously brooding “Cedarwood Road,” named after Bono’s home address as a boy, he recalls the fear and rage that drove him to punk rock. “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” is a glam-stomp homage to the misfit voice that inspired Bono to sing. And that’s his mother, who died when Bono was 14, still guiding and comforting him in the chorus of “Iris (Hold Me Close).”

This is a record full of the band’s stories and triumph, memory and confession detonated with adventure and poise. In its range of sounds, there may be no more complete U2 album: The band bonded its founding post-punk values with dance momentum in “Volcano” and the raw, jagged “Raised by Wolves,” and humanized the digital pathos of “Every Breaking Wave” and the harrowing “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight” with the vocal folk-soul warmth of The Joshua Tree. “I have a will for survival,” Bono sings in the closing track, “The Troubles.” Songs of Innocence is the proof – and the emotionally raw rock album of the year, at any price.

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