Naked Lunch All is Fever

Naked Lunch All is Fever
5
In Germany and Austria, Naked Lunch have lived many lives. The Max Ophüls Prize-winning, Kafka-stage-adapting, Notwist-associating quartet have enjoyed a two-decade career that has brought them their share of highs and lows. All is Fever, Naked Lunch's sixth full-length (and first in four years), finds the South Austrians sounding their most mature, stately and in-control. On opening track "Keep it Hardcore," slot guitars and sloshy keyboards are poured into a two-minute intro before vocalist Oliver Welter delivers a fawning marching band melody, pulling the entire thing together. Over the album's next nine tracks, the band offer broader and more wide-open retellings of the post-U2 rock landscape: megalomaniac love songs, ("The Sun"), overwrought lyrical material ("Dreaming Hiroshima") and blissful, minor key falsetto builders ("Over It"). All is Fever is an ambitious, joyous and focused album that unfortunately comes off as sounding like it was fuelled by sonic grandeur and third-person emotion. (Tapete)