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Jan Gazarra - Love Rules

Label: Sunday Service
Year: 2006
Style: Folk Rock, Downtempo, Minimal
Info: "Love Rules" is Jan Gazarra's second solo album after "I've Come To See You Once Again" (Ladomat, 2002). As in his debut album, Jan Gazarra worked with various guest-musicians and producers for "Love Rules" such as Peter Kersten (Lawrence), Benjamin Wild, Alexander Polzin, Andi Maid (Kid Alex), Carsten Meyer (Erobique, International Pony) and Jörg Follert (Wechsel Garland). Beside his solo project, Gazarra also plays with Arp Aubert, the Stoned Eagles (12" on Mirau Musik in autumn) and in a proper rock band, Black Star, whose debut album can be expected in the coming year. Jan Gazarra has a knack for charming the ladies, which we learn from the very intro of the record. This rings true when the last note is played. The record is comprised of exactly ten such songs that cover a range from the dance floor hit "The Actress" over upbeat hymns to delicate gems like "Saint George Lullaby" and the John Lennon like pop anthem "Now". "Love Rules" contains many declarations of love, but one of the most beautiful ones is dedicated to Hamburg's quarter located at the central station, St Georg, where Gazarra lives at the heart of a busy music scene. In "Upstairs Of Social Hell", he contemplates the scenes below from his window like a dandy, only to drop his guard in the next moment and face us like a small boy in his late thirties, offering his most moving moments in staves, refrains and closing pieces that overflow like a dam in the rainy season. Jan Gazarra is a great post-modern songwriter who has brought us an album for people in love and people who look forward to falling in love again, because it promises the eventual return of the ever-changing. 

01 Intro
02 Love Rules
03 Prärie, Set Me Free! 
04 The Actress
05 Saint George Lullabye 
06 Now
07 Upstairs Of Social Hell 
08 Country Roads
09 Too Far Gone
10 Silence Room

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