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Nahaufnahme (Exklusiv Version)

Christina Stürmer

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Album Review

Between the solo artist tag and the unassuming cover art it's easy to assume that Nahaufnahme is another tame Euro-rock affair, but in fact it is a pretty intense record — almost emo at times. Don't think Tokio Hotel, though — it's closer to old-school, pre-charts emo, only it trades jangly guitar lines for smooth power chords, while keeping the intense atmosphere and the vocal drama. The streamlined approach actually helps drive the point home — the tunes are pleasant without being sleazy, emotional but not angsty, and sport a huge sound that is the upside of mainstream production (no reedy guitar treble here). The emo similarities are definitely unintentional: some songs blatantly channel Smashing Pumpkins, others are close to less inventive Avril Lavigne, and elsewhere, the ears really stick out — Christina Stürmer is actually an heir to '80s Deutsch pop/rock star Nena, she of "99 Luftballons" fame. Nahaufnahme sports no hits of comparable size — hooks aren't its main selling point, all in all, with quite a few listens required before that refrain to "Wir Leben den Moment" finally roots in the memory enough to cause spontaneous humming. But on the upside, the record has an identity — it may be too serious, even gloomy for a quick pop listen, but not every musical relationship has to be a casual fling: while Nahaufnahme takes more time to appreciate, it is also more rewarding, working more like a cohesive record than a set of aural gum sticks. Not a game-changer, sure — gotta be either more catchy or more dramatic for that — but sure a worthwhile listen one step above the regular Euro-rock fare.

Biography

Born: 09 June 1982 in Alterberg bei Linz, Austria

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though Austrian pop star Christina Stürmer's initial claim to fame was coming in second to Michael Tschuggnall on Starmania, a Pop Idol-like televised singing contest, her career eventually eclipsed his with a string of award-winning albums and singles. Stürmer was working in a book store and performing with various bands in the city of Linz before she appeared on Starmania in 2002. And while she didn't win, her popularity grew after the show ended. She released her debut single, "Ich Liebe," in...
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