It seems a bit as if Tokio Hotel had given up. As if they’d capitulated to anyone who still wanted to hear the old stuff, despite the band’s efforts to swim their way out of teen stardom (and the tabloid presence of half their staff) with slickly produced albums like DREAM MACHINE. In all seriousness, they now open their new LP with “Durch den Monsoon 2022”. The reprise of their biggest hit sounds classy and airy, a bit like what a 16-year-old would have imagined a designer kitchen to be. The accompanying album is called 2001, named after the founding year of the Magdeburg band, but it offers: adult pop in the best sense of the word.

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