Kristeen Young struck again. For the seventh time. And apparently everything is the same with the New York singer/keyboarder: Producer legend Tony Visconti has once again given her an exquisite sound (albeit for the first time together with Young), the 39-year-old again has a prominent guest musician with her (after David Bowie, Brian Molko [Placebo] and Patrick Stump [Fall Out Boy] this time helped out Dave Grohl), and once again the result is one hundred percent Kristeen Young from the first chord, from the first lines of lyrics. But wait: Young's long-term ally Jeff White is not represented on "The Knife Shift". Before the recordings the drummer had surprisingly cancelled the collaboration. Since the beginning of May, however, he has been touring the USA with Young again as Morrissey's support. All this necessarily suggests continuity. In fact, the exceptionally talented musician is stagnating. The Young still creates a powerful pull through her aggressive keyboard work and her exalted singing. But this does not hide the fact that as an artist she has long since turned away from the world: external impulses no longer penetrate her. Her genius, which she undoubtedly knows about and which she now isolates, is still flashing - on "Jealous Of Loved Children", on "Put Down", certainly also on "Rough Up The Groove" and "Pearl Of A Girl". Grohl's drumming also turns a comparatively arbitrary piece like "Pictures Of Sasha Grey" into a veritable spectacle. And yet, it's the familiar piano rock rattle. All this has already been heard from Young, especially more captivatingly in her very large works "Breasticles", "X" and "The Orphans". Her latest album is good, in parts even strong, and yet: Kristeen Young has to correct her course.
Top track: Jealous Of Loved Children