DOMINIK PLANGGER - Hoffnungsstur

Dominik Plangger - Hoffnungsstur

14 songs
52:27 minutes
Sturm & Klang


A quick look at the cover artwork reveals already what to expect of Dominik Plangger. The man wears a shirt, a vest and a cord cap, and sits on a couch with an acoustic guitar. The record label Sturm & Klang is another hint that Hoffnungsstur is more an affair to relax than to rock out to.

Dominik Plangger is a singer/songwriter from South Tyrol and plays very quiet songs with German lyrics, although the rolling R shows that he can’t and doesn’t want to hide his origins. Only once we get a song in English - a cover version of a Townes Van Zandt track - and in Italian. The trained painter used to play for years the streets of Canada and Middle Europe and is inspired mainly by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Reinhard Mey, which can be well heard on this third studio record Hoffnungsstur.

I am not really into this kind of music, which is why I personally had a rather hard time with this album. Obviously if you like bare, stripped down singer/songwriter music of the old school, you will certainly enjoy the ballads by Dominik Plangger. To my rock plagued ears, this all sounds too mellow, and occasionally I dare even say unspectacular (Als ich ein Junge war, Wieda daham, Novemberrot). It is advisable though to listen closely to the lyrics. The protest movement of the Sixties definitely have left their traces on Dominik Plangger who makes smart observations about right wing extremists, racists and the bourgeoisie. On Der Lehrer and Mein Freund, der Afghane, he even is all out funny and mean, which is a welcome change. This attitude works really well for him, and I don’t understand why only two out of fourteen tracks venture into that direction. A little different are also the slightly Celtic sounding Lied der Ungeliebten and the accordion accompanied shanty Almliad.

Dominik Plangger isn’t the kind of artist usually featured in DisAgreement Online, but as I was kindly asked, I made an exception. So if you are more into rock and metal music, you are most likely not among the target audience of this record. Fans of lo-fi sounds might get something out of this though. Like usually with releases from Sturm & Klang, I refrain from giving a rating.

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